Ben Hur Lampman papers, 1912-1954  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954
Title
Ben Hur Lampman papers
Dates
1912-1954 (inclusive)
Quantity
21 linear feet, (17 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 426
Summary
Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954) worked as a compositor, printer, and editor in North Dakota, then as editor and publisher of the Gold Hill News in Gold Hill, Oregon (1912-1916). From 1916, he was an editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian and also wrote stories and essays for a variety of periodicals. He was designated Poet Laureate of Oregon in 1951. The collection contains manuscripts for books, poems, editorials, essays, correspondence with magazine editors, speeches, printed material, biographical material, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1912-1954.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections and University Archives.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954) was born in Barron, Wisconsin and educated in North Dakota. He worked as a compositor, printer, and editor in Nelson County, North Dakota, and then as editor and publisher of the Gold Hill News, Gold Hill, Oregon (1912-1916).

From 1916 he was an editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. He wrote short stories, essays, and poems for a variety of periodicals, a novel, and non-fiction books. He was designated poet laureate of Oregon in 1951.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains manuscripts for books, poems, editorials and essays, correspondence with magazine editors, speeches, printed material, biographical material, photographs, and scrapbooks.

The collection has been separated into four series: Series 1: Manuscripts and related material; Series 2: Scrapbooks; Series 3: Publications; and Series 4: Personal and biographical material.

Series 1: contains manuscripts of essays, stories, editorials, paragraphs, poems, music, and books. Book manuscripts include The Coming of the Pond Fishes and Wild Swan and Other Sketches. Correspondence relating to The Coming of the Pond Fishes is also included in this series.

Series 2: contains scrapbooks which house clippings, letters, photographs, mementos, manuscripts, and printed pieces.

Series 3: contains publications in which Lampan's writings have appeared, including The Dearborn Independent, Nature Magazine, Newsweek, The Oregon Sportsman, Outdoor Recreation, Outdoors - South, Postmasters Gazette, and Sunset Magazine.

Series 4: contains correspondence (1916-1945) with magazine editors includes letters exchanged with William L. Finley, and Nature magazine, five speeches, pamphlets, reprints of editorials, broadsides, and offprints, among them the pamphlet, Centralia, Tragedy and Trial (1920). Biographical material in this series consists of photographs and mementos, including inscribed copies of the Senate resolution urging Lampman's appointment as Oregon's Poet Laureate.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ben Hur Lampman papers, Ax 426, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoriesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

1.:  Manuscripts and related materialReturn to Top

This series contains manuscripts of poems, articles, essays, sheet music, and books, including his major work, The Coming of the Pond Fishes (1946). Other related material includes correspondence regarding manuscripts.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
General correspondence
1916
1 3
Pond Fishes correspondence
1945-1946
1 4
Pond Fishes, manuscript
1946
1 5-6
Pond Fishes, galley proofs
circa 1946
1 7
Oregonian editorials
undated
1 8-9
Gold Hill poems, manuscript
undated
1 10
Gold Hill poems, manuscript
1950
1 11
Wild Swan, galley proofs
undated
1 12
[Anthology, untitled]
undated
1 13
Articles, essays, etc., A-C
undated
1 14
Articles, essays, etc., D-J
undated
1 15
Articles, essays, etc., K-M
1927
1 16
Articles, essays, etc., N-S
1933
1 17
Articles, essays, etc., T-V
undated
1 18
Articles, essays, etc., W-Z, untitled
undated
1 19
Poems, manuscripts
undated
8 8
Sheet Music
undated
9 1
Poetry, manuscripts
undated

2.:  ScrapbooksReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3-8, 11-17

This series contains scrapbooks created by Ben Hur Lampman which document his time as an editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. The scrapbooks contain clippings, letters, photographs, mementos, manuscripts, and printed pieces.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Partial scrapbook inventories are available in Box 11.

3.:  PublicationsReturn to Top

This series includes publications in which Ben Hur Lampman's work appears. The bulk of the series is an assortment of magazines relating to the outdoors, most notably Nature Magazine (1925-1931).

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by publication, then chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 3-5
1925
10 2
1925-1927
10 4
1926
9 6-7
1926
10 3
1926-1927
9 8
1926-1927
10 6
1926, 1928
9 2
1927
8 7
1927, 1928
9 9
1927-1928
9 10
1928-1929
9 11
1930-1931
10 5
1942
10 1
1947

4.:  Personal and biographical materialsReturn to Top

This series contains personal and biographical materials pertaining to Ben Hur Lampman. Materials include publications, mementos, correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, and speeches.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Publications
1930
2 2
Biographical and momentos
1946, 1951
2 3
Editors correspondence
1921-1946
2 4
Index
undated
2 5
Letters sent
1925
2 6-7
Pamphlets
1926, 1930, 1947, 1965
2 8
Photographs
undated
2 9
Speeches
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--Authorship
  • American literature--Oregon
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Journalists--Oregon
  • Newspaper editors--Oregon
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Poets laureate--Oregon
  • Poets, American--20th century
  • Poets, American--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954
  • Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954--Correspondence
  • Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954--Manuscripts
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregonian (Firm)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Gold Hill (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches