The collection is open to the public.
Walter Meacham was a descendant of Oregon pioneers who wrote on subjects relating to overland journeys. He was the long-time leader of the Old Oregon Trail Association.
The collection consists of typescripts of drafts of "Wagon wheels," "Stories of pioneer women," "Stories of pioneer men," and "He walked with Lincoln" (the story of Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker). Also included are typescripts of Meacham's poetry; sheet music for Isa Botton's song Oregon : the land our fathers won (1938) for which Meacham wrote the words; and copies of newspaper clippings containing Meacham's writings on the Lewis and Clark expedition, 1945.
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Walter E. Meacham papers, Mss2479, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Typescripts and Drafts. Title page and front matter
|3||4 versions of "First wagons to cross the Rockies"||undated|
|4||3 versions of chapter on "Jed Smith"||undated|
|5||3 versions of "Whitman makes history"||undated|
|6||2 versions of "Mountain men"; 3 versions of "Bidwell-Bartleson"||undated|
|7||2 versions of "Emigration of 1842"; and "The road that won an empire"||undated|
|8||"The cow column" and various versions of "Trail in 1844"||undated|
|9||3 versions of "Wagons to the Willamette"||undated|
|10||"Lost wagon train" and "Blue bucket gold"||undated|
|11||3 chapters on immigration of 1846||undated|
|12||2 versions of "The Mormons"||undated|
|13||3 chapters covering 1848-1849||undated|
|14||5 chapters covering 1862||undated|
|15||Chapters covering 1853-1860s||undated|
|17||"Stories of pioneer women"||undated|
|18||"Stories of pioneer men"||undated|
|19-25||"He walked with Lincoln"||undated|
|26||Sheet music for Oregon : the land our fathers won||1938|
|27||Newspaper clippings, including articles on the Lewis and Clark expedition and Meacham's obituaries.||1945-1951|