Oren Sturman Copeland [RG1912.AM]


RG1912.AM: Oren Sturman Copeland, 1887-1959

Papers: 1935-1942
Lincoln, Neb.: mayor, U.S. Representative
Size: 2 boxes & 8 volumes


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.


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.


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

  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]


  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

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