UO Athletics: Women’s Basketball

We will be cheering on the UO women’s basketball team as they compete in this weekend’s NCAA Division I Championship.  Led by record-setting junior Sabrina Ionescu, the team reached the Final Four for the first time in the program’s history. Read more about this historic accomplishment in a recent article on Around the O.

Sabrina Ionescu and head coach Kelly Graves, 2019
[Paul Harvey IV, UO Athletics Photographs, UP_WBB_20190106_28]
The history of UO women’s basketball extends back to the 1894-1895 school year, when students competed infrequently on interclass teams.

Sophomore class team, 1894-1895
[UO Athletics Photographs, A_ATHBBW_1890_1910_0002jc]
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New Finding Aid | B.L. Aldrich photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the B.L. Aldrich photographs (PH197). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

B.L. (Byron) Aldrich was a photographer active in the early twentieth century in Washington and Oregon. Aldrich had a photo studio, Aldrich Photo Company, in Tacoma, Washington from 1901-1916. Later, he had a studio in Portland, Oregon, the B.L. Aldrich Studio. The B.L. Aldrich studio photographed Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1934. The Aldrich studio also photographed a number of company and society picnics which were held at the park.

Big Dipper rollercoaster
[Detail from “Main Entrance and Gate” panorama, 1934, B.L. Aldrich photographs, PH197_026, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
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New Finding Aid | Karl Pretshold papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the Karl Pretshold papers (Ax 834). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

This collection is about Karl Pretshold’s life and work as a journalist and public relations official. Pretshold worked in East St. Louis, Illinois as a journalist during the early 20th century. He wrote about workers unions and the labor movement. He traveled abroad during his career as a journalist and wrote about similar labor movements occurring in Britain. Following his career as a journalist Pretshold worked in New York City for the Department of Health in public relations. Pretshold was instrumental to a public campaign to test the newly developed polio vaccine. Pretshold died in New York in 1975, and the materials were donated to the University by his wife, Hannah following his death.

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Exhibit Highlight | UO Women’s Track and Field

We proudly celebrate the recent accomplishments of the UO women’s track and field team winning third place, winning 1st place in the distance medley relay, and winning the 3,000m individual title at the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The current exhibit, “Oregon Spirit: The Legacy of Track and Field,” highlights some key moments in the history of women’s track and field. The Women’s Athletic Association was founded in 1913, which offered additional opportunities for women to engage in athletics beyond physical education courses. According to the 1914 edition of the Oregana:

The first athletic organization ever to be perfected in the University in the interests of women’s athletics is the Women’s Athletic Association, which was organized during the past year. The purpose of this association is to encourage athletics among the women of the University and to develop a physically more efficient Oregon woman. (p.261)

Women participated in intramural, interclass and intercollegiate contests.  The exhibit includes two field day programs featuring track contests held on the hockey field, and on cemetery ridge.

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New Finding Aid | J.H. Horner photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the J.H. Horner photographs (PH200_039). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

John Harland Horner (1870-1953) moved to Enterprise, Oregon in 1911 and served as an assessor. He was an amateur historian, active for more than thirty years, documenting the history of Wallowa County.

Funeral procession of Chief Joseph
[J.H. Horner photographs, PH200_039_4287, Box 1, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
The photographs in this collection cover a wide range of events in Wallowa County, from roughly 1900 to 1930. The primary focus is on the Nez Perce people and events relating to them during this time period. There are a number of photographs documenting the reburial of Chief Joseph the Elder, a funeral ceremony, and the dedication of a monument in his honor. In one image the funeral procession is seen transporting Chief Joseph’s remains to his final resting place, led by Francis McFarland, followed close behind by Ah-la-kat, a Nez Perce warrior. There are numerous Nez Perce portraits in this collection as well. Horner also photographed settlers of the area including people at work on their homesteads, and the first stage coach in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Horses drawn wagon
[J.H. Horner photographs, PH200_039_4426, Box 1, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Notes from processing:

This collection presented a challenge in relating the traditional names of the Nez Perce, as they are often written out phonetically due to the language barrier between English and the Native American languages. Moreover, the traditional names are often spelled a number of different ways and this can cause confusion when trying to search for a particular individual or confirm an individual is being represented accurately in the finding aid.

–Emily Haskins, Special Collections Intern