Correspondence, papers, speeches, and photographs relating to Needham's congressional career, his connections with the Newman
Oil Company in the 1920's, and the Covered Wagon Babies Club (of which Needham was a founder).
James Carson Needham was born on September 17, 1864, in an emigrant wagon along the Carson River in Nevada. His parents were
on their way to California. He spent his early life on a farm and in Santa Clara where he attended the public schools. In
1886, Needham graduated from the University of the Pacific, and in 1889, from the Law Department of the University of Michigan.
He took a year away from law school, from September 1887 to September 1888, to work as a clerk in the Adjutant General's office
of the War Department in Washington, D. C.
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