Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Tasker L. Oddie Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1864-1891, 1906-1914
Bulk dates: bulk 1873, 1910-1914
Collection Number: mssOddie papers
Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker
5,783 pieces in 25 boxes, 4 rolls, and 1 scrapbook.
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Abstract: This collection consists mainly of correspondence of Nevada
governor and United States Senator Tasker L. Oddie (1870-1950) from the period 1910-1914 during his governorship.
There are also Nevada State papers consisting almost entirely copies of legislative bills for the year 1873, and a small number
documents from other years. Subjects include: mining, politics, and government in Nevada
(including divorce laws), women's rights, the financial panic of 1907, the Progressive
party, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
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[Identification of item]. Tasker L. Oddie Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Purchased from Grahame Hardy in 1953.
Tasker Lowndes Oddie (1870-1950) was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 24, 1870. Educated in law, he was admitted to
the New York
Bar in 1895. In 1898 he immigrated to Nevada, where he engaged in mining, agricultural and
livestock interests, and was instrumental in the development of the Tonopah and Goldfield
silver and gold mining districts. Oddie entered political life early, serving as District
Attorney of Nye County, Nevada, in 1901-1902, as State Senator from 1904-1908, Governor of
Nevada 1910-1914, and U.S. Senator 1921-1933. During the First World War he was active in
the Nevada District Bureau of the National War Resources Board. He married Daisy Rendall in
died in San Francisco, California, on February 17, 1950.
Scope and Content
The collection consists mainly of correspondence from the period 1910-1914, beginning when
Oddie initiated his campaign for governor, and ending when he was about to terminate his
administration. This correspondence is arranged in 19 boxes, in alphabetical order by
author, of which boxes 1-11 contain correspondence directed to Oddie, and boxes 12-19
contain copies of Oddie's own correspondence to others. There are, in addition, 6 boxes and
4 rolls of Nevada State papers, almost entirely copies of legislative bills for the year
1873, and a small number of documents from other years.
Subjects include: mining, politics, and government in Nevada (including divorce laws), women's rights, the financial panic
of 1907, the Progressive party, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
Persons represented by ten or more pieces:
- Adamson, L 18 pieces
- Amigo, Henry J 17 pieces
- Bray, W 14 pieces
- Brown, Hugh H 15 pieces
- Buchanan, J A 20 pieces
- Campbell, J 14 pieces
- Cookson, H H 55 pieces
- Howell, Eugene 43 pieces
- Jackson, Austin 113 pieces
- Johnson, Stephen 98 pieces
- Kinghorn, Frank J 19 pieces
- Landquist, J W 20 pieces
- Lindsay, James G 33 pieces
- McElroy, S T 16 pieces
- Miller, Thomas Woodnutt 18 pieces
- Moore, Sidney R 12 pieces
- Norcross, Charles A 11 pieces
- North, Miles E 16 pieces
- Oddie, Clarence 38 pieces
- Oddie, Tasker Lowndes 8 boxes pieces
- Panama-Pacific International Exposition Company. 21 pieces
- Pulver, C S 17 pieces
- Siebert, Fred J 35 pieces
- Skuse, John C 29 pieces
- Smith, Dix W 20 pieces
- Spencer, L B 24 pieces
- Stubbs, Joseph Edward 14 pieces
- Turrell, William H 15 pieces
- Wingfield, George 18 pieces
Arranged in 19 boxes in alphabetical order by author.
Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker Lowndes), 1870-1950.
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
Governors -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada.
Mining districts -- Nevada.
Politicians -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
Women -- Suffrage -- Nevada.
Nevada -- History -- Sources.
Nevada -- Politics and government.
Bills (legislative records) -- Nevada.
Letters (correspondence) -- Nevada.