Price Family collection, 1900-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Price family
Price Family collection
1900-1994 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
This collection contains artwork by Edith Price Walford and Don Cook, both relatives of artist C. S. Price.
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Clayton Sumner Price was born in Bedford Iowa on May 11, 1874. The oldest son of a homesteading family, Price spent his childhood learning to ranch. In 1886 the Price family moved to Sherridan, Wyoming and began raising livestock. Price displayed a familial ability for crafting and creating; he played fiddle, assisted in the construction of out-buildings, and designed a washing machine for his mother to use. By the age of 35, Price was recognized as an accomplished painter and illustrator.

Edith Price Walford was born on March 6, 1912. When cards came in the mail from her uncle, C.S. Price, she took great interest in them and struck up a correspondence with him. When she entered high school Walford took an art class every term. One of her creations was used in her 1931 high school yearbook. She went on to work at the Bonneville Power Administration She remained with the BPA for the rest of her career. Walford died February 5, 1973 at the age of 60.

Donald Cook was the great-nephew of Price, and the son of author Frances Price Cook.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains drawings by Edith Price Walford and sculpture and drawings Don Cook, both relatives of artist C. S. Price.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Price Family collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 "Sunset: the Pacific Monthly" 1920 September
1 2 Geometric pattern undated
1 3 Fifth Premium Multnomah County Fair
Yellow ribbon
1 4 "Tension," print
Signed by Don Cook. A fifth premium from the Multnomah County Fair is also attached to the framed work. On the back it reads 'Date: Aug. 1967, Class: Art Tension Design, Won By: Don Cook'.
1 5 Photographs of C.S. Price horse carvings
Photographs of Price's artwork.
circa 1950
1 6 The Challenge, reproduction
Caption at the bottom reads: 'Early primitive black-and-white wash (1900) by C.S. Price, who at death in 1950 was nationally famed interpertive, abstract painter. This photograph is of original owned by the artist's brother Maurice'.
2 Head Sculpture by Don Cook undated
3 1 Scrapbook
Made by C. S. Price's brother Maurice. Includes a letter of donation by Frances Price Cook.
3 1 Copy of scrapbook
Photocopies of all the pages in the scrapbook.
3 2 Loose photographs
Two annotated photographs.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Northwest, Pacific
  • Fine Arts
  • Personal Names :
  • Cook, Don
  • Walford, Edith Price, 1912-1973
  • Family Names :
  • Price family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon