Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
TOLLEFSON, Thor Carl (1901-1982)

TOLLEFSON, THOR CARL, a Representative from Washington; born in Perley, Norman County, Minn., May 2, 1901; moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1912; attended the public schools; was graduated from Lincoln High School in 1924 and from the University of Washington Law School at Seattle in 1930; was admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Tacoma, Wash.; prosecutor of Pierce County 1938-1946; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1944; was elected as a Republican to the Eigthieth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1965); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; appointed director of fisheries for the State of Washington; special assistant to the Governor in charge of international fisheries negotiations; resident of Tacoma, Wash., until his death there December 30, 1982; interment in Mountain View Memorial Park.

University of Washington Libraries
Special Collections
Seattle, WA
Papers: 1947-1964, 64.5 cubic feet.
The papers of Thor Tollefson include correspondence from his congressional career, as well as a small amount of campaign material and newsletters. Particular areas of emphasis include maritime and fishing industry legislation, natural resources, Communism and Cold War policies, and defense-related topics (including nuclear weapons testing). A subgroup of the collection documents Thor Tollefson's work on the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee (1949-1964). A finding aid is available in the library. The papers are stored offsite and advanced notice is required for use.

Papers: In the Edward Weber Allen Papers, ca. 1886-1975, 35.46 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Thor Tollefson.

Papers: In the Arthur B. Langlie Papers, ca. 1935-1966, 47 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Thor Tollefson.

Papers: In the Seattle Audubon Society Records, 1909-1987, 15.5 cubic feet.
Subjects include Thor Tollefson. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral History: 1974, 82 pages.
Reminiscences of Thor C. Tollefson: oral history, 1974. In the interview, Tollefson disucusses the following: personal history; prosecuting attorney, 1938-1946; United States Congress, 1946-1964; relations with Eisenhower family; Eisenhower and Taft, 1952; Washington State gubernatorial campaign, 1956; Richard Nixon, Alger Hiss, Sherman Adams; Marine and Fisheries Commission: Columbia River ecology.


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Lawrence F. O’Brien White House Congressional Liaison Office Files, 1961-1963, 16.5 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Thor Tollefson.


University of Oregon Libraries
Special Collections & University Archives
Eugene, OR
Papers: James W. Clise Papers, 1932-1961, 15 linear feet.
Correspondents include Thor Tollefson.


University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet.
Persons represented include Thor Tollefson.