Mildred Colbert papers, 1929-1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Colbert, Mildred
Title
Mildred Colbert papers
Dates
1929-1965 (bulk)
1929-1995 (inclusive)
Quantity
16.5 linear feet, (11 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 243
Summary
The papers of Mildred Colbert, author and daughter of a prominent Washington pioneer family, are comprised of biographical material, diaries, correspondence, financial materials, manuscripts, school materials, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mildred Colbert was one of eight children of Frederick (1840-1924) and Catherine (1853 -1940) Colbert, born on October 13, 1889, in the town of Ilwaca, Washington. The family was prominent in the early fishing industry, and known for their home on the corner of Quaker and Lake Street. The house is still a prominent landmark, and is currently on The National Register for Historic Places.

As a child, Mildred attended Bellingham Normal School, eventually graduating with a focus on education. She went on to teach fourth grade in a logging camp in Pacific County, and then in Naselle, alongside her sister Ruby. After retiring from teaching, Mildred pursued writing, documenting the history of the Chinook people in her book, Kutkos, Chinook Tyee, and writing for the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Mildred's primary residence was in Portland, Oregon, where she lived with her mother, Catherine, and her two sisters, Ruby and Hilma, but she kept the family's home in Ilwaco for summer use.

[Source: “The Colbert House: The House That Time Forgot." Chinook observer.com. 17 Jan. 2017.]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Mildred Colbert papers contain materials documenting the history of the Colbert and Petit family, as well as Mildred’s time spent growing up in one of the first pioneer families of Washington. Included in this material is correspondence dated between 1929 and 1978, as well as many early newspaper clippings about Oregon, the Colbert family, and the Native American tribes of the region. Also included are manuscripts, manuscript drafts, and related material for a number of Colbert’s works, including Folk Tales from the Chinook, Kutkos, Chinook Tyee and an unpublished book, Portland on the Willamette.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mildred Colbert papers, Coll 243, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Biographical and Geneaological MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Inventory
1 2
Genealogical charts (compiled by Mildred Colbert)
1 3
Petit Family
1 4
"Pioneer History"
1 5
Miscellaneous

Series II:  Diaries and Address booksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 6
Diary (Mildred Colbert)
January 1, 1952-March 28, 1969
1 7
Remembrances (Mildred Colbert)
April 17, 1965-August 10, 1970
1 8
Address Books (2)
1 9
Calendar
1972

Series III:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
Correspondence
1929-1942
1 11
Correspondence
1949-1954
1 12
Correspondence
1955-1959
1 13
Correspondence
1960
1 14
Correspondence
1961
1 15
Correspondence
1962
1 16
Correspondence
1963
1 17
Correspondence
1964
1 18
Correspondence
1965
1 19
Correspondence
1966
1 20
Correspondence
1967
1 21
Correspondence
1968
1 22
Correspondence
1969
1 23
Correspondence
1970
1 24
Correspondence
1971-1972
1 25
Correspondence
1973
1 26
Correspondence
1978
1 27
Author's League of America
1945-1947
2 1
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 1
1939-1960
2 2
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 2
1939-1968
2 3
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 3
1943
2 4
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 4
1943-1944
2 5
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 5
1944-1958
3 6
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 6
1944-1971
3 7
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 7
1949-1969
3 8
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 8
1951-1988
3 9
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 9
1952-1955
3 10
Correspondence scrapbook, Volume 10
1956-1965
4 1
Correspondence scrapbook
4 2
Correspondence scrapbook
4 3
Correspondence scrapbook
4 4
Correspondence scrapbook

Series IV:  Financial MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
5 1
Automobile
5 2
Banking
5 3
House
5 4
Household Accounts [4 notebooks]
5 5
Insurance
5 6
Medical
5 7
Ration books
5 8
Salary/Retirement
5 9
Taxes
5 10
Timber Allotment
5 11
Miscellaneous

Series V:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
5 12
Folk Tales From the Chinook
5 13
Kutkos, Chinook Tyee [related materials only]
5 14
The Making of America (The Melting Pot)
5 15
Our Country Flag (play)
5 16
Portland - A Hundred Years Old (radio script by Bess Jane Barton)
5 17
Portland on the Willamette (Unpublished book)
5 18
Portland on the Willamette (incomplete drafts)
5 19
Portland on the Willamette (incomplete drafts)
5 20
Portland on the Willamette (incomplete drafts)
5 21
Portland on the Willamette (incomplete drafts)
5 22
Portland on the Willamette (incomplete drafts with extra pages)
5 23
Portland on the Willamette (Notes)
5 24
Portland on the Willamette (Notes)
5 25
Portland on the Willamette (Notes)
5 26
Portland on the Willamette (Notes)
6 1
Portland on the Willamette (Notes)
6 2
Unidentified manuscripts
6 3
Miscellaneous
9 1
Incomplete drafts with extra pages: The Mountains Near Portland
9 2
Incomplete drafts with extra pages: The Mountains Near Portland
9 3
Incomplete drafts with extra pages: The Mountains Near Portland
9 4
Incomplete drafts with extra pages: The Mountains Near Portland
9 5
Incomplete drafts with extra pages: The Mountains Near Portland

Series VI:  School MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 4
Certificates and enrollment materials
6 5
Coursework: American Poetry
6 6
Coursework: Anthropology
6 7
Coursework: Archaeology
6 8
Coursework: Arithmetic
6 9
Coursework: Art
6 10
Coursework: Choral reading
6 11
Coursework: Composition
6 12
Coursework: English
6 13
Coursework: English
6 14
Coursework: Health
6 15
Coursework: History
6 16
Coursework: History
6 17
Coursework: History
6 18
Coursework: History of Oregon
6 19
Coursework: Religion
6 20
Coursework: Science
6 21
Coursework: The study of trees
6 22
Coursework: Writing
6 23
Coursework: Miscellaneous
6 24
Oregon Territorial Centennial Committee for Portland Public Schools
6 25
Teacher's retirement
6 26
Letters
6 27
Miscellaneous

Series VII:  Newspaper clippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 28
Family
6 29
Native Americans
7 1
Obituaries
7 2
Oregon
7 3
Oregon
7 4
Oregon
7 5
Oregon
7 6
Oregon
7 7
Washington
7 8
Washington
7 9
Washington
7 10
Washington
7 11
Oregon newspaper clipping scrapbook
7 12
Oregon newspaper clipping scrapbook
8 1
Miscellaneous
10 1
Oversized clippings
10 2
Oversized clippings
10 3
Oversized clippings
10 4
Oversized clippings
10 5
Oversized clippings
10 6
Oversized clippings
10 7
Oversized clippings

Series VIII:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 2
Church programs
8 3
Cookbooks and recipes
8 4
Native Americans
8 5
Needlework and artwork
8 6
Oregon Archaeological Society
8 7
Stamps
8 8
Stamps
8 9
Sympathy cards
8 10
Travel information - Canada
8 11
Travel information - Oregon and Washington State
8 12
Travel information - Washington, D.C.
8 13
Travel information - Other
8 14
Travel information - Miscellaneous
8 15
Colbert House Historic Structure Report by Grulich Architecture and Planning Services
1995
8 16
Cookbooks and recipes scrapbook [scrapbook 3]
10 8
A cover from a scrapbook
11 1
The State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington - Applications for Membership
11 2
The State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington - Applications for Membership
11 3
The State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington - Applications for Membership
11 4
The State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington - Applications for Membership
11 5
The State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington - Applications for Membership

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Washington Territory
  • Pioneers
  • Pioneers--West (U.S.)
  • Women authors, American
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Women pioneers--West (U.S.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence