New Acquisition: World War I Vignette Collection

In recognition of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we are highlighting a recent acquisition of two short sketched vignettes in watercolor documenting University of Oregon student life during and after World War I.

“Over Here: A Striking Scenerio [sic] of Present Day Events,” 1918 (18 pages)

A vignette of a day in the life of a young woman living in Eugene during World War I. The sketches depict a morning routine, Villard Hall, the Rex Theatre.


“When the Boys Came Home: A Scenario in One Act,” 1919 (11 pages)

Depicts the expectations and realities of soldiers returning to campus. Each page contains a perception of those on the home front and the actual scenario of soldier reintegration into civilian life. The sketches include Eugene City Hall, and Obak Amusement Co. (a student favorite for billiards and bowling).


—Lauren Goss, Accessioning and Processing Archivist

New Finding Aid | George Wickes modern literature research collection

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the George Wickes modern literature research collection (Coll 485). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

George Wickes taught at the University of Oregon for almost fifty years, during which time he wrote several books about and with Henry Miller, Americans in Paris, and a biography of Natalie Barney. This collection holds all materials pertaining to his work on those individuals.

[George Wickes modern Literature research collection , Coll 485 , Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon]
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New Finding Aids

We are pleased to announce new and updated finding aids now available on Archives West for the following collections:

(Coll 505) Proebsting family papers

The Proebsting family lived in Montana and Idaho before moving to Medford, Oregon in 1916. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, and a stock agreement.

(Coll 377) Mazie Giustina papers

Mazie O. Giustina (1894-1997) was a graduate of the University of Oregon and lifelong member of numerous Oregon civic clubs and historical societies. The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, personal writings, financial documents, scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, artifacts, audio tape reels and some published material.

(Coll 282) Anarchist publications and ephemera collection

The anarchist publication and ephemera collection contains a variety of independently published material documenting anarchism and anarchist activities in Eugene, Oregon between 1990 and 2003. The collection contains handbills, flyers, zines, pamphlets, and monographs.

(A085) F. Max Mueller letters to Moncure Daniel Conway

The F. Max Mueller letters to Moncure Daniel Conway contain sixty-seven letters written between 1872 and 1901 relating to a scholarly feud between Muller, a German-born Oxford philologist and Orientalist, and William D. Whitney, an American linguist and professor of Sanskrit at Yale University.

(CB W674) Perry Williams reminiscences of the Silver Lake fire of 1894

The Perry Williams reminiscences of the Silver Lake fire of 1894 is a brief narrative describing the December 1894 building fire that killed fourty-three people.

(Ax 719) George Thomas Tootell correspondence and memoir

George Thomas Tootell(1886 – ) was a Presbyterian medical missionary in Hunan province of China from 1913 to 1949. Tootell’s collection contains correspondence written by and to Tootell between 1913 and 1949, as well as a 512 page memoir detailing his life between 1913 and 1959.


New Exhibit | Framing the West: Photography in the Age of Manifest Destiny

Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free… I must walk toward Oregon, and not toward Europe. And that way the nation is moving, and I may say that mankind progress from east to west.
­– Henry David Thoreau

University of Oregon Libraries is pleased to announce an exhibit titled Framing the West: Photography in the Age of Manifest Destiny, Past and Present, now on display during the Fall 2018 term in the Special Collection and University Archives Paulson Reading Room.

Shawn Records, Duane Ehmer and his gelding, Hellboy, pose for journalists before the daily press conference at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. January 8, 2016 [Shawn Records photographs of the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, PH365, Box 1; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon]
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New Acquisition | Ars vitraria experimentalis oder Vollkommene Glaßmacher-Kunst (The Art of Perfect Glassmaking)

The Rare Books Collection in Special Collections and University Archives has received a fine addition of Ars vitraria experimentalis, one of three chief works by the German court alchemist, pharmacist, and glassmaker Johann Kunckel von Löwenstern (approx. 1630-1703).

Historical Background

Born sometime around 1630, Johann Kunckel was the son of a master glassmaker and learned the art and the chemistry of glassmaking from his father and other glassmakers. In 1670, Kunckel began his alchemical career in Dresden working on the problem of transmuting metals. In 1677, Kunckel left Saxony, having never been paid the salary promised by his employer, Elector Johann Georg II. The next phase of his career took place in Brandenburg, where he directed the laboratory and glassworks there as part of the country’s economic initiative to process domestic raw materials and export as many of the finished products as possible. Brandenburg had an effective ban on imported goods, and the Elector Friedrich Wilhelm stressed the importance of high-quality glass production. Kunckel succeeded in this area through his technical improvements to the process of making ruby (red glass) and his rigorous work Ars vitraria experimentalis, which included his translation and editing of the few previously available specialist works on glassmaking, as well as all of his own knowledge on the subject.

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