New Notable Collections


We are pleased to announce some new notable collections and materials that we received over the past nine months. These reflect the breadth and depth of our collections and illustrates our commitment to acquire a diverse range of materials, which support all types of research from K-12 education to international scholarship.

James Blue papers and moving images

This collection extensively documents Blue’s three decades as a filmmaker and educator, as well as providing critical insights into his personal life and development as an artist.


Zola Grimes graduation dress and photograph

This collection includes the dress and shoes worn by Zola Grimes (Sorenson), as well as the fan she carried, when she graduated from the University of Oregon in 1894. It is accompanied by a framed portrait of Zola Grimes (Sorenson) wearing the dress.


Harney County photograph collection

Originally discovered in the rafters of a photo studio in Burns, Oregon, this collection contains approximately 15,000 images documenting Harney County, Oregon circa 1897 through the early 1950s.


Yoko Matsuoka McClain papers

McClain taught Japanese at the University of Oregon from 1964 to 1994, when she became professor emerita. She continued to write extensively and frequently lectured in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. This collection documents her work as educator and scholar.


James Smircich photographs

This collection contains vintage prints and negatives of Ken Kesey’s bus Further, Acid Tests, Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mountain Girl, Pig Pen), Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.


Eckard V. Toy papers

Toy earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oregon. This collection contains pamphlets, newsletters, catalogs, ephemera and audio recordings related to Toy’s study of the history of race and ultra conservatism in the Pacific Northwest.


Peg Lynch papers

A writer for radio and television, Margaret Frances “Peg” Lynch is known in particular for her “Ethel and Albert” radio and television program that aired in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) received 30 linear feet of additional material to add to the Peg Lynch papers.


Ken Kesey letters

SCUA received two gifts to add to the Ken Kesey papers: Twelve letters between Kesey and psychiatrist F. Lewis Bartlett; and a letter from Kesey to his brother Joe, circa 1962.




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