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Abigail Scott Duniway papers, 1852-1915

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915
Title
Abigail Scott Duniway papers
Dates
1852-1915 (inclusive)
1880-1915 (bulk)
Quantity
1.35 cubic feet (3 document cases, 1 reel microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 432
Summary
A small collection of papers of an Oregon pioneer, editor, and advocate of women's suffrage. Includes records of the Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association, records of the Duniway Publishing Company, and copy of a typescript transcription of Duniway's overland diary, 1852.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Writer, pioneer, editor, and champion of women's suffrage, Abigail Scott Duniway was born in Groveland, Illinois, in 1834. One of her brothers, Harvey Scott, would become the editor of the Oregonian. The Scott family traveled overland to Oregon in 1852, a trip on which Abigail's mother and youngest brother died. The family came first to Oregon City, then settled in Lafayette. Abigail taught school at Eola, and in 1853 she married Benjamin C. Duniway, with whom she had four children. After her husband was incapacitated in an 1862 accident, Duniway supported her family through teaching and a millinery business in Albany, Oregon. After moving to Portland in 1871 she published and edited The new northwest and became Oregon's leading advocate of women's suffrage. She moved to Idaho in 1887 and helped to achieve women's voting rights there in 1896. After returning to Oregon she was instrumental in the passage of Oregon's own women's suffrage bill in 1912. Her writings include the autobiography Path Breaking (1914) and the novel Captain Gray's Company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection, which represents only a small portion of Duniway's papers, includes: the records of the Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association, including minute book, membership and account books, constitutions, a small amount of correspondence, and a copy of a letter from Susan B. Anthony regarding the woman's suffrage movement; and records of the Duniway Publishing Company, consisting of cash, mailing and advertising ledgers (1880-1886) of the publication The new northwest. Also included in the collection is a copy of a typed transcript of Duniway's journal kept during her family's overland trek from Illinois (1852 April 2) to Oregon City, Oregon (1852 September 28), on which her mother and younger brother died. The transcript contains an introduction by Leslie M. Scott. A subscription list from the Oregon State Secular Union from 1891 can also be found in the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Overland diary available in microfilm and a print copy from the microfilm.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Abigail Scott Duniway papers, Mss 432, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Duniway Publishing Company records, 1881-1886Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Advertising book and ledger
1880-1881
1/2
Advertising book and ledger
1882-1884
1/3
Advertising book and ledger
1884-1886
1/4
Advertising book and ledger
1886-1887
1/5
Cash book
1882-1883
1/6
Cash book (cover only)
1882-1883
1/7
Cash book
1884-1885
2/1
Cash book
1886-1887
2/2
Mailing book
1880-1883
2/3
Mailing book
1881-1884
2/4
Mailing book (covers only)
1880-1883
2/5
Mailing book
circa 1883-1886
2/6
Mailing book
undated
2/7
Subscription book
1877-1881
3/1
Subscription book--donated subscriptions for campaign
1884

Series B:  Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association Records, 1872-1915Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/2
Record book
1872-1912
3/3
Membership ledger
1908-1910
3/4
Membership book
1913-1915
3/5
Correspondence and general records
1903-1912

Series C:  General materials and overland journal, 1852-1914Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/6
Woman's Club--Record book
1902-1913
3/7
Personal accounts and diary
1882; 1887; undated
3/8-9
Overland journal (photocopy from microfilm)
Two additional copies available on microfilm.
1852
3/10
General publications and brochure
1883-1914
3/11
Clippings regarding poems David and Anna Matson
1876
3/12
Oregon State Secular Union subscribers
1891