Category: New Collections

New Acquisition: De Smet’s Missions de l’Orégon, 1848

A rare uncut edition of Jesuit priest Pierre-Jean De Smet’s Missions de l’Orégon et Voyages dans les Montagnes Rocheuses aux sources de la Columbie, de l’Athabasca et du Sascatshawin, en 1845-1846 (Gand [Ghent]: Vander Schelden, 1848) has been added to the Oregon Collection in Special Collections and University Archives. This collection includes published materials that reflect the history, literature, and life in Oregon and the Oregon Territory. The acquisition of Missions de l’Orégon broadens the De Smet holdings in the Oregon Collection and complements other editions held in the collection including the English-language edition (Oregon Missions) and the Flemish-language edition (Missiën van den Orégon, seen on the right below).

Pierre-Jean De Smet (1801-1873) was born in Belgium and emigrated to the United States in 1821 as a novitiate of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He moved to a Jesuit mission in Florissant, Missouri, near St. Louis, and began to study the languages and cultures of Native Americans. He went on first his mission among the Salish after they sent a deputation to St. Louis. De Smet returned with the messengers travelling west through Montana and Wyoming, also visiting the neighboring Nez Perce nation on this journey. In 1845-1846, De Smet undertook one of his longest missions throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Oregon Territory, including the Columbia and Willamette valleys, where he established schools and missions throughout. After these travels, De Smet published an account of the evangelizing expedition in Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky Mountains in 1845-46 (New York, 1847). The sale of this book, published in three languages, was part of his continued effort to raise money for Jesuit missions in the Northwest. These fundraising labors included many overseas trips to Europe to meet with papal and European state leaders where his translated books might illustrate his mission and impact to European donors. De Smet saw himself as an ally and advocate of the tribes he was in contact with in the West and was aware of the infringements and persecutions of the federal government toward tribal nations writing, “If our Indians become enraged against the whites, it is because the whites have made them suffer for a long time.”

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New Photograph Collection: Jacqueline Moreau papers

Chief Johnny Jackson stands at Lyle Point on the Columbia River. [Jacqueline Moreau papers, Coll 459, Box 10, Folder 4; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Chief Johnny Jackson stands at Lyle Point on the Columbia River. [Jacqueline Moreau papers, Coll 459, Box 10, Folder 4; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
We are pleased to announce that a finding aid for the Jacqueline Moreau papers is now available on Archives West. The Jacqueline Moreau papers consist of an equal mixture of manuscript materials and photographs. The biographical material, correspondence, subject files, publications, and clippings that comprise the manuscript portion complement the photographic materials, providing historical context, and descriptive information about the photographs and Ms. Moreau’s work.

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Bob Zagorin: New Additions

Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of new materials from Eugene journalist Bob Zagorin (1945- ). Zagorin’s papers include materials related to his work as a radio and television journalist in Eugene, Oregon, including scripts, research files, government documents, publications, press clippings, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual highlight reels of his broadcast stories for KEZI-TV. The materials cover c1974-2000. The papers are particularly strong in regional environmental and economic development stories, such as nuclear power, land use, the timber industry, and salmon fisheries. The collection also documents Zagorin’s reporting trips to Japan and China in the early 1980s when he accompanied Eugene Governor Vic Atiyeh on economic trade visits to those countries (see below).

This new acquisition enhances Bob Zagorin’s collection audio recordings for radio, 1975-1980 (Coll 300), and complements the Chambers Communications Corp. records (Coll 427) of local TV news.

Dedicated Ducks: A Unique Donation and a Look Back at Rose Bowl History

1958 Rose Bowl Game Ball, donated by Ed and Cindy Barnick, 2015.
1958 Rose Bowl Game Ball, donated by Ed and Cindy Barnick, 2015.

There are many die hard Duck fans who are quick to support the team no matter the outcome. One such fan family, Ed and Cindy Barnick from Ohio, graciously reached out the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives this year to donate a very special piece of Duck memorabilia that has important significance for their family and University of Oregon football history — the 1958 Rose Bowl game ball. We take this opportunity to spotlight this recent donation and donors, as well as to showcase some historical highlights from the 1958 Rose Bowl game.

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