Category: New Collections

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 Acquisition: Leaf Printed by William Caxton, 1482

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of an incunabula leaf from the Polychronicon printed by William Caxton (c. 1422-1491), the English printer who notably brought the first printing press to England in 1476.

Printed leaf in Gothic face with initials and paragraphs added by hand in red ink.
[D17 .H6 1482, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
The Polychronicon was a popular work written by Ranulf Higden (c. 1280-1364), a Benedictine monk of Chester, which chronicled the history of the world and was primarily adapted from the Bible. This newly acquired leaf is from the first edition of this work printed by Caxton at his press in Westminster after July 2, 1482. John of Trevisa (1342-1402) first translated the Polychronicon from the original Latin into English in the late fourteenth century, a text that has been useful in the study of the English language and medieval access to Biblical ideas through the vernacular. Caxton printed Trevisa’s English translation, but he also updated the text and “somewhat changed the rude and old English” to account for linguistic changes that had occurred over the century.

This leaf contains text from chapter 12 of book 4 of the Polychronicon, which recounts history during the life of the Roman Emperor Domitian. The leaf measures 11 x 8.25” and the text is composed of 40 lines in Gothic type with red rubrics and paragraph flourishes. The leaf also includes marginal annotations in a contemporary hand. Caxton’s printed leaf supports research in the material history of the book and printing in the West and joins other examples of early printing available in the rare book collection.

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.