Abigail Scott Duniway letter to Barbara M. Booth, April 11, 1914  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915
Title
Abigail Scott Duniway letter to Barbara M. Booth
Dates
April 11, 1914
Quantity
0.025 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
CA 1914 Apr 11
Summary
Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) was a leader in the women's suffrage movement in Oregon. The collection contains a letter dated April 11, 1914, that Duniway wrote to Barbara M. Booth, of Eugene, Oregon, in which Duniway describes her early education in Illinois, and her experiences as teacher in Oregon.
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.

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

Abigail Jane Scott (1834-1915) was born in Tazewell County, Illinois. Her family crossed the plains to Oregon when Abigail was seventeen years old, and she kept the family journal of their journey. Her mother and youngest brother, Willie, died en route to Oregon. Abigail's journal served as the basis of her 1859 novel Captain Gray's Company, the first commercially printed novel in Oregon.

Duniway (then Scott) became a teacher in the small town of Cincinnati (now Eola), Oregon, while her family ran an inn in Lafayette. There, she met Benjamin Charles Duniway and married him August 2, 1853.

Duniway's thoughts and writings began to turn to suffrage in the 1860s. In 1871, she moved her family to Portland and, in May of that year, launched her weekly newspaper, The New North West. She also began to lecture throughout the Northwest along with nationally-renown suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Duniway sold her newspaper in 1886.

Abigail Duniway was an indefatigable supporter of women's suffrage. She encountered personal set-backs such as poor health, money problems, and opposition from her brother Harvey Scott, who edited a local paper, The Portland Oregonian. She persisted despite political opposition in the form of local resistance, the consistent failure of women's suffrage referendums on state ballots, and divisions with Eastern suffrage organizations. This persistence paid off in 1912 when Oregon became the seventh state in the Union to pass a women's suffrage amendment. Governor Oswald West asked Duniway to write the proclamation for his signature. Duniway had the honor of being the first woman to register to vote in Multnomah County. During this period she also authored numerous novels. Abigail Jane Scott Duniway died on October 11, 1915.

[Source: Moynihan, Ruth Barnes. Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway (Yale University Press, 1983). Coll 232B, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon.]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a letter dated April 11, 1914, that Duniway wrote to Barbara M. Booth, of Eugene, Oregon, in which Duniway describes her early education in Illinois, and her experiences as teacher in Oregon.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abigail Scott Duniway letter to Barbara M. Booth, CA 1914 Apr11, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Education--Illinois--History--19th century
  • Education--Oregon--History--19th century
  • Suffragists--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Teachers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Women teachers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Women--Suffrage--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Booth, Barbara M.--Correspondence
  • Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon--Students--Correspondence.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence