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RG1912.AM:  Oren Sturman Copeland, 1887-1959



Papers: 1935-1942

Lincoln, Neb.: mayor, U.S. Representative

Size: 2 boxes & 8 volumes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Oren S. Copeland was born on a farm near Huron, South Dakota, on March 16, 1887.  He moved with his parents to Pender, Nebraska, in 1891.  Copeland attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1904-1907.  He served in the City of Lincoln’s Department of Public Safety from 1935 until 1937, when he was elected Mayor of Lincoln.  Copeland served one term as Mayor before running for U.S. Congress.  He was elected and served as U.S. Representative from Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District from 1941-1943.  After leaving Congress he returned to Lincoln where he worked in the retail fuel business.  Oren S. Copeland died in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 10, 1958.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection is arranged in five series: 1) speeches, 1938-1940; 2) press releases, 1937-1942; 3) newspaper clippings, 1941-1942; 4) miscellany, 1938-1942; 5) scrapbooks, 1935-1940.  These papers relate to Copeland’s career as Lincoln Commissioner of Public Safety, 1935-1937; Mayor of Lincoln, 1937-1940; Congressman, 1941-1942. Eight scrapbooks of clippings form the bulk of the collection.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Speeches, 1938-1940



Box 1  1938-1940



Series 2 – Press Releases, 1937-1942



Box 2  1937-1942, includes his column, “Copeland’s Comments,” 1941-1942



Series 3 – Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1942



Box 1  1941

Box 2  1942



Series 4 – Miscellany, 1938-1942



Box 2

Item




  1. 1938, Charter of the City of Lincoln, 50 pages copied

  2. 1941, Jan. 8, Statement of the American Farm Bureau Federation outlining desired legislative action

  3. 1941-1942, Guest book



Series 5 – Scrapbooks, 1935-1940 [oversize]



Volume




  1. 1935-1937, Clippings relating to his position as Lincoln Commissioner of Public Safety

  2. 1937-1938, Clippings relating to his career as Mayor of Lincoln

  3. 1939-1940, Clippings relating to his career as Mayor of Lincoln

  4. 1940, Campaign clippings and data

  5. 1941, “Copeland’s Comments,” a weekly news column

  6. 1941, “Copeland’s Comments,” a weekly news column

  7. Speech material

  8. 1938-1940, Columns of David Lawrence



 



KSR        09-15-1999