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James E. Carty Papers

Identifier: WSUV-SpeColl-006

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection include manuscripts of Carty's historical reserach, some of which pertains to his book A Territorial Anthology of the Oregon Territory 1792-1860 (Similar manuscripts can be found in the James E. Carty Collection WSUV.SpeColl.001, an earlier donation of James E. Carty's works). Materials also include family records including information on the Carty family and Shoen family collaboration in the U-Haul enterprise, which began on the Carty ranch in Ridgefield, Washington in the 1940s. The bulk of the collection consists on James Carty's political records and correspondence during his time as Clark and Cowlitz Democratic Party Chair. Contents also include personal correspondence and records from Carty's law practice. A small amount of ephemera and personal affects are included in this collection.


  • circa. 1867 - 1938; 1950 - 2000


Language of Materials



10.6 Linear Feet (The donation was originally contained in 9 cartons and were then transfer into a filing cabinet designated for the collection.)


Manuscripts, correspondence, family photographs, essay drafts and other materials created and compiled by James E. Carty while as a student at Washington State College (WSC) and Duke University. The collection also includes materials during Carty's career as a Woodland, Washington city attorney, Clark County prosecuting attorney (1973-1980), historian and Chairman for the Cowlitz County and Clark County Democratic Party. Also contains personal effects relating to the history of the Carty family. Materials in this collection were donated by Leona Carty. [Accessioned as wsuv.2013.004]


The collection is separated into five series.

Series A: Includes drafts of sections from James Carty's book, A Territorial Anthology of the Oregon Territory 1792-1860 (alternately titled An Oregon Country Anthology). A final manuscript copy of the book is included. The series also contains notes, copies of archival material and correspondence related to research. Dates of research circa. 1986-1994.

Series B: Family photographs, correspondence, documents and personal effects relating to property, James Carty's education and numerous family matters. Includes correspondence concerning the inheritance of U-Haul, the murder investigation of Eva Schoen and a subsequent family feud within the Schoen family. Documents linking the Carty family's Irish heritage. Date range is nonconsecutive, but includes contents that extends from 1867 to the 1990s.

Series C: Papers from Carty's personal law practice, political interests and his political campaigns for Clark County Prosecuting attorney. Clippings documenting his professional career.

Series D: Political correspondence, papers, photographs and organizational materials mostly pertaining to James Carty's tenure as Democratic Party Chair for Clark County and Cowlitz County.

Series E: Miscellaneous, ephemera and memorabilia.

Physical Description

10.6 Linear Feet. One filing cabinet; Five file drawers.
Guide to the James E. Carty Papers
Prepared by Robert J. Schimelpfenig
Original finding aid created December 1, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Washington State University Vancouver, Archives and Special Collections Repository

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver WA 98686 United States