Eva Blackwell and William A. Frater Family Collection, ca. 1874-1955  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Blackwell, Eva, 1900-1987
Eva Blackwell and William A. Frater Family Collection
ca. 1874-1955 (inclusive)
1895-1931 (bulk)
0.4 cubic ft., (The materials are housed in two document boxes and one 20x24 oversize box.)
Collection Number
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The Eva Blackwell and William A. Frater Family Collection documents the activities of Eva Blackwell and her family, especially her grandfather, William A. Frater. Blackwell graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1924 and was employed in the Registrar's Office for more than 40 years. Frater served as postmaster for Roseburg, Oregon from 1898 until 1904 when he was removed from office for misappropriation of postal funds. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, newspapers and publications, emphemera, artifacts, and photographs assembled by Blackwell.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alumna Eva Blackwell graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1924. Blackwell was born March 13, 1900 in Riddle, Oregon and grew up on a dairy farm in Smith River in the lower Umpqua Valley. She graduated from high school in Riddle, Oregon in 1918. Blackwell took a 2-week milk testing course at Oregon Agricultural College and returned to the Gardiner area to work for a local dairy association testing milk for butter fat content. In 1920, she enrolled as an undergraduate student at OAC. After her graduation in 1924, she began working in the Registrar's Office and held various positions, including Assistant Registrar until her retirement in 1965. In the early 1950s, she was a member of the College's Archives Committee. She returned to work for the Registrar's Office in May of each year through 1981 to compile statistical data for the graduating class. Blackwell died in Benton County, Oregon, in 1987.

Blackwell's maternal grandfather, William A. Frater was born in Ohio in 1843. After serving as a 2nd Sergeant of Company E, 170th Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War, he operated a livestock business with his brothers in Ohio. Frater moved to Kansas in 1877 and to Roseburg, Oregon in the late 1870s. He served as Douglas County Treasurer from 1893 to 1898 and as postmaster in Roseburg from 1898 until 1903 when he was indicted for misappropriation of postal funds and removed from office. Frater's daughter, LaAmi Etta Frater, married Lincoln Blackwell in 1896 and lived in the lower Umpqua River Valley.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Series I consists of letters to William A. Frater on the topic of his appointment as postmaster and letters from United States senators regarding support of bills introduced that affected the state of Oregon. Series II contains the certificate of appointment as postmaster presented to William A. Frater, March 8, 1898, signed by President William A. McKinley and the high school diploma for Ida Isabella Blackwell. The clippings in Series III represent a variety of topics, many concerning local Roseburg and Douglas County topics including William A. Frater's indictment and trial for misappropriation of funds and removal from his position as Roseburg's postmaster. Series III also includes an 1895 issue of the Riddle Enterprise. Series IV contains assorted artifacts and ephemera, including an International Order of the Odd Fellows badge for the May 1911 meeting in Portland, Oregon. Series V contains publications, including a book of verse presented by William A. Frater to his daughter, Etta, on her wedding day. Series VI consists of pocket calendars recording various daily tasks and events. Series VII includes a photo of Frater and several unidentified children.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Eva Blackwell and William A. Frater Family Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence, 1897-1900Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series II:  Certificate and Diploma, 1898-1924Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Certificate of Appointment of William A. Frater as Postmaster of Roseburg, Oregon
apx 20x24 in.
Diploma to Ida Isabella Blackwell from Smith River High School, Reedsport, Oregon

Series III:  Clippings and Newspapers, ca. 1874-1931Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
ca. 1874-1931
Riddle Enterprise
apx 20x24 in.
May 25, 1895
Oregon State Barometer
apx 20x24 in.
November 1, 1930
Oregon State Barometer
apx 20x24 in.
April 1, 1931

Series IV:  Artifacts and Ephemera, 1898-1930Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

2 folders

Series V:  Publications, 1895- ca. 1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Immortal Treasures of Choice Literature, Masterworks of Art and Superb Songs
Presentation copy to "Etta" from William A. Frater on their wedding day, December 22, 1896.
The Tale of Bunny Cotton-Tail, by Laura R. Smith
Presentation copy to Eva Blackwell from her teacher, L.A. Lyster, August 31, 1906.
Umpqua of Gardiner
Industrial Club Work of Oregon Boys and Girls
Songs of OSC
ca. 1955

Series VI:  Pocket Calendars and Autograph Album, 1880-1929Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series VII:  Photographs, ca. 1900-1920Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Two children
ca. 1900
ca. 1900
Dairy cow ("Midget")
ca. 1910
Postcard print of K.V. Kruse
ca. 1920
William A. Frater
Photo by H.D. Graves, Roseburg, Oregon.
ca. 1900

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Postal service--Oregon--Roseburg
  • Personal Names :
  • Blackwell, Eva, 1900-1987. (creator)
  • Frater, William A., 1843-1918.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Douglas County (Or.)
  • Roseburg (Or.)
  • Smith River (Douglas County, Or.)
  • Umpqua River Valley (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Frater, William A., 1843-1918. (creator)