Collection SR 1258 - Oral history interview with Richard Bryson

Oral history interview with Richard Bryson [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Richard Bryson [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with Richard Bryson [Sound Recording 03] Oral history interview with Richard Bryson [Sound Recording 04]

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SR 1258

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Oral history interview with Richard Bryson

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  • 1990-03-14 - 1990-04-11 (Creation)

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.1 cubic feet 2 audiocassettes (2 hr., 52 min., 51 sec.)

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Biographical history

Arthur Richard Bryson was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1916. He attended Stanford University, then transferred to the University of Oregon, earning his bachelor's degree in 1938. He attended Stanford Law School for a year, then returned to the University of Oregon, earning his law degree in 1941. He met Helen Margaret Roberts while at the University of Oregon, and they married in 1941; they later had two children. He practiced law in Eugene as a partner with Smith, Harris, & Bryson. At the beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and worked in counterintelligence in Europe. After he was discharged in 1945, he joined the Eugene law firm of his father, Edwin R. Bryson. He died in 1999.

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(1940-)

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Les M. Swanson, Jr. (1940- ) is a lawyer in Portland, Oregon. He has also served as honorary consul to Iceland since around 2000.

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This oral history interview with Richard Bryson was conducted by Les M. Swanson, Jr. at Bryson's office in Eugene, Oregon, on March 14, 1990, and April 11, 1990. In this interview, Bryson discusses his family background and early life in Eugene, Oregon, including the law career of his father, Edwin R. Bryson, and grandfather, John R. Bryson; his education; and his interest in golf. He talks about studying law at Stanford University and the University of Oregon, including his professors and social life. He talks about his service in counterintelligence in Europe during World War II; joining his father's law firm after the war; and judges he argued before, including G.F. Skipworth and James Alger Fee. He talks about his clients, interesting cases, and the different law firms he has been a part of.

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright held by the Lane County Bar Association. In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Richard Bryson, by Les M. Swanson, Jr., SR 1258, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Incomplete transcript (101 pages) and typescript index (8 pages) are available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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