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Oral history interview with Richard Bryson
- 1990-03-14 - 1990-04-11 (Creation)
0.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (2 hr., 52 min., 51 sec.) + transcript (99 pages)
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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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This oral history interview with Richard Bryson was conducted by Les M. Swanson, Jr. at Bryson's office in Eugene, Oregon, from March 14 to April 11, 1990. The interview was conducted in two sessions.
In the first interview session, conducted on March 14, 1990, Bryson discusses his family background and early life in Eugene, including the law career of his father, Edwin R. Bryson, and grandfather, John R. Bryson; his education; and his interest in golf. He speaks at length about studying law at Stanford University and the University of Oregon, including his professors and social life. He briefly talks about his service in counterintelligence in Europe during World War II. He discusses working as a lawyer in Eugene, and talks about judges he argued before, including G.F. Skipworth and James Alger Fee. He discusses some of the cases he worked on.
In the second interview session, conducted on April 11, 1990, Bryson continues to discuss his work as a lawyer in Eugene, and to talk about judges he argued before. He speaks about lawyers he worked with, particularly Windsor Calkins. He also revisits the topic of his early life in Eugene and his father's law career. He closes the interview by talking about cases he worked on.
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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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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Richard Bryson, by Les M. Swanson, Jr., SR 1258, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Typescript index (8 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
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- Swanson, Les M., Jr., 1940- (Contributor)
- Bryson, Edwin R. (Edwin Rodell), 1876-1964 (Subject)