Estes Von Rhein Family papers, 1884-1958  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Von Rhein, Charles EstesVon Rhein, Amy Estes
Title
Estes Von Rhein Family papers
Dates
1884-1958 (inclusive)
Quantity
13.25 linear feet, (12 containers (2 rsb, 1 manuscript box, 1 custom phase box, 8 flat boxes))
Collection Number
Coll 236
Summary
The Estes von Rhein Family papers include the personal papers and theater memorabilia collection assembled by Charles (1885-1960) and Amy (1867-1937) Estes von Rhein in late nineteenth to early twentieth century Portland, Oregon. Materials include correspondence, clippings, playbills and programs, artifacts, sheet music, and photographs, primarily relating to the performing arts in Portland.
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 & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Additional Reference Guides

Finding aids with additional information (including names of correspondents and names of sitters and films pictured in photographs) are available upon request.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Amy Estes von Rhein (1867-1937) was the daughter of Levi Estes (1829-1898) and Jennie Munsell Estes (d. 1898), pioneers who settled in Portland and operated a sawmill. Charles Estes von Rhein (1885-1960), nicknamed "The Baron," was the son of Amy and Arthur W. von Rhein.

Amy and Charles were patrons and collectors of material related to theater and performing arts in early twentieth century Portland, the Northwest, and United States.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Estes von Rhein Family papers include the personal papers and theater memorabilia collection assembled by Charles and Amy Estes von Rhein in late nineteenth to early twentieth century Portland, Oregon. Materials include personal papers, incoming correspondence, travel writings, clippings, playbills and programs, artifacts, sheet music, and photographs.

Theater and performing arts memorabilia comprises the bulk of the collection and includes playbills, clippings, color souvenir programs for traveling productions, The Stage newsletter (Portland, OR), and sheet music. The playbills are primarily representative of theatrical productions and acting companies in Portland, Oregon active during the early twentieth century, such as the Baker Theatre, Heilig Theatre, and Marquam Grand Theatre. The collection also includes programs for theatrical performances in New York City, San Francisco, Salem, OR, and Eugene, OR, as well as other performing arts productions including opera, ballet, and dance. In addition, the memorabilia contains a large collection of celebrity photographs, many of which are autographed.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Estes von Rhein Family papers, Coll 236, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Personal papers and correspondence, 1893-1955Return to Top

This series includes personal papers, incoming correspondence, manuscripts, and clippings created by members of the Estes von Rhein Family.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of sender.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-25
Correspondence
1926-1955
4 1
Musical compositions
circa 1901
5
Scrapbook of clippings by O. F. von Rhein
1893-1901

Series 2:  Theater and performing arts memorabilia, 1884-1958Return to Top

This series comprises the bulk of the collection. Memorabilia includes playbills, programs, clippings, souvenirs, and photographs collected by Amy Estes von Rhein and her son, Charles Estes von Rhein.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 2.1: Publications
This subseries includes published performing arts memorabilia including playbills, clippings, color souvenir programs for traveling productions, The Stage newsletter (Portland, OR), and sheet music. The playbills are primarily representative of theatrical productions and acting companies in Portland, Oregon active during the early twentieth century, such as the Baker Theatre, Heilig Theatre, and Marquam Grand Theatre. Also included are playbills for theatrical performances in New York City, San Francisco, Salem, OR, and Eugene, OR, as well as other performing arts productions including opera, ballet, and dance.
Playbills and clippings are arranged alphabetically by name of theater or company. The Stage is arranged chronologically by publication date.
1890-1955
Box
1, 2, 4
Playbills and clippings
1890-1955
Folder
2 15-21
Souvenir programs
1900-1955
3 1-9
The Stage
1895-1904
4 5
Sheet music
1890-1910
Box Folder
4 6
Subseries 2.2: Artifacts
This subseries includes two artifacts: a metal souvenir ticket issued in 1924 and a deck of playing cards.
1908-1924
3
Subseries 2.3: Scrapbooks
This subseries includes two scrapbooks compiled by the Estes von Rhein Family with clippings and notes of theatrical productions attended in Boston and Portland, OR.
1910-1926
Subseries 2.4: Photographs (PH125)
This subseries includes a collection of photographs relating to film and stage. Photographs include celebrity portraits, including prints and cabinet cards, some autographed. It also includes a small collections of cigarette cards printed with actress portraits and still-frame prints from Hollywood films of the 1920s.
1884-1958
Box
11
Cigarette cards
circa 1880s
12
Movie stills
1919-1928
6-11
Celebrity portraits
1884-1958

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Christmas cards--Specimens
  • Theater--Oregon--Portland
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--Social life and customs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Theater programs