Our collections exist to be used. When students work directly with primary source materials, historic photographs, and documents that are old or unique, they discover an excitement and passion not generated by textbooks.
Primary source documents can inspire, but they also teach about learning to verify sources, tracking down connections, finding evidence from content and from physical clues.
Special Collections and University Archives collects in the topical area Women, Gender, and Sexuality, including Women’s Back to the Land movement, women linguists focusing on gender issues in language, women who have affected the political process and cultural landscape.
Papers. 1946-1970. 46.5 ft.
Beatrice Aitchison was a leader in the field of transportation economics. Her papers include records of the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Post Office Department and speeches and addresses.
In Alexander Kerr Papers.1855-1917. 1.5 ft.
Katherine Brown was a professor of Greek at the University of Wisconsin. Her papers consist of correspondence between Brown and Kerr while she was a student at the Rockford Female Seminary, Rockford, Ill., and he was, first, a student at Beloit College, and then a teacher at Huston Academy, Houston, Ga. Brown and Kerr later married.
Papers. 1889-1916. 1 ft.
Luella Clay Carson was a professor of rhetoric at the University of Oregon from 1888 to 1909 and president of Mills College in California from 1909 to 1913. Her papers include letters from former students and official letters concerning her work at Oregon and at Mills College. There are eight volumes of syllabi, grade books, and memorandum books.
Papers. 1934-1974. 2.5 ft.
Catherine Snell Crary was a professor of history at Finch College. The collection includes research material, manuscripts, and correspondence for her book, The Price of Loyalty, and her American history articles.
Papers. 1900-1976. 9.75 cubic ft.
Alice Henson Ernst was an associate professor of English at the University of Washington from 1920 to 1923, and at the University of Oregon from 1924 to 1950. She was interested in early theater in the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of Trouping in the Oregon Country and The Wolf Ritual of the Northwest Coast, diaries, notebooks, and photographs.
Papers. 1936-1985. 27 ft.
Doris Gates taught at San Jose State College and the University of San Francisco in the 1940s and was an author and editor of children's books. Her papers include correspondence, manuscripts, editorial files from Ginn and Company, letters from children, audio tapes, and books.
Papers. 1929-1978. 7.5 ft.
Janet Marshall Stevenson was a writer, playwright and lecturer at West Coast colleges. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, political writings, and documents about her dismissal from the University of Southern California faculty in 1952.
Papers. 1959-1971. 3.5 ft.
Ruth Murray Underhill was a social worker, anthropologist, and teacher. The collection includes manuscripts with research material, correspondence, and mementos of George W. Ingalls (1838-1920), an Indian agent.
[Identification of item], Date (if known), Collection Title, Collection Number, Box and Folder number [or photo ID number], Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Special Collections and University Archives is the primary repository for the University of Oregon’s archives, rare books, historic photographs, and one of the largest historical manuscripts collections in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and make available a clearly defined set of primary sources and rare books, reflecting the written, visual, and audio history and culture of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and selected aspects of American and world history. Our diverse collections support all types of research, from K–12 education to international scholarship. We strive to play an active and creative role in the teaching, research, and service missions of the University.
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