Category: Manuscripts

New Finding Aid | Estes von Rhein Family papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Estes von Rhein Family papers (Coll 236). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Scrapbook of theater clippings
[Scrapbook, Estes von Rhein Family papers, Box 3, Coll 236, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
The Estes von Rhein Family papers include the personal papers and theater memorabilia collection assembled by Charles and Amy Estes von Rhein in late nineteenth to early twentieth century Portland, Oregon. Materials include personal papers, incoming correspondence, travel writings, clippings, playbills and programs, artifacts, sheet music, and photographs.

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New Finding Aid | Leondor Brothers collection

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Leondor Brothers collection (Ax 082). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

[Leondor Brothers collection, Ax 082, Box 1 Folder 2, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
This collection is primarily focused on Mae and Charles Leondor, but also relates to Will Leondor, as well as other circus acts, performers, and troupes. Mae Leondor was a vocalist performer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She married Charles Leondor, (Charles Landauer) who was an acrobat performer. Charles began performing in “The 9 Landauer Troupe”, and later created the Bothers Leondor act with his brother William. Sometimes the act was performed as a duo and sometimes, with the addition of Mae, it was performed as a trio. Mae continued performing as a vocalist when she was not performing with her husband and brother-in-law. The performers recreated famous artworks, and gladiatorial scenes while dressed to look like stone. They also had a particularly popular act where they told the story of the Civil War in nine scenes. The Brothers and Mae traveled west to Oregon at the turn of the century. While they continued to perform across the country, Portland became the home of Mae and Charles Leondor.

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New Finding Aid | Willard Brown Thorp papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Willard Brown Thorp papers (Ax 214). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Willard Brown Thorp was a Congregational minister born in Oxford, New York, and educated at Amherst and Yale Divinity School. During the summers of 1890 and 1891, he assisted at the American Institute of Christian Philosophy, Church of the Strangers in New York City, headed by Charles F. Deems. After graduation, he held pastorates at First Congregational Church, Binghamton, New York (1891-1899), South Congregational Church, Chicago (1899-1908), First Congregational Church, San Diego, California (1908-1920), and First Congregational Church, Palo Alto, California (1920-1939).

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New Finding Aid | Bernice Leland papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Bernice Leland papers (Ax 150). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Detail of letterhead dated July 24, 1960
[Detail of letterhead dated July 24, 1960, Bernice Leland papers, Ax 150, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Bernice Leland was born in 1882, traveled to many countries and later studied learning and reading disorders at the Psychological Clinic in Detroit, Michigan. She traveled to Tahiti (from September to November of 1909) and New Zealand (November 1909 through March of 1910) with Winifred B. Chase.  They collected botanical specimens, especially algae, for Josephine E. Tilden of the Botanical Department, University of Minnesota.

The Bernice Leland papers includes a diary of Ms. Leland’s trip searching for botanicals in Tahiti and New Zealand, as well as correspondence concerning the trip.  Also included are trip reports, news clippings from local newspapers about Ms. Leland’s trip, and speeches and research notes and articles written by Ms. Leland on learning and reading disorders.

Notes on processing the collection

I absolutely loved the topic of Ms. Leland’s studies on reading disorders and plan to investigate her more closely in order to learn more about what she studied, especially her diagrams of the eye and the ideas she presented in various speeches.

Some of the challenges included that a lot of the data had obscured or hard to read dates. It was nice when everything was bound together in a way that made sense, with the notebooks.

–Danica Alexander, Processing Archivist

New Finding Aid | Heber Hyder Davis papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Heber Hyder Davis papers (Ax 131). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Detail of diary page entry dated 1/4/1900
[Detail of diary entry on January 4, 1900, Heber Hyder Davis papers, Ax 131, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Heber Hyder Davis, a member of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, was born there on November 16, 1854, and died November 29, 1942. He was a missionary to England from the years of 1899 to 1901. He was born to Edward William Davis and Sarah Elizabeth Hyder and was a church Elder in his later years.

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