Oliver S. Van Olinda papers, 1895-1950  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Van Olinda, O. S. (Oliver Scott), 1868-1954
Title
Oliver S. Van Olinda papers
Dates
1895-1950 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.54 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number
4353 (Accession No. 4353-001)
Summary
Papers of a newspaperman, local historian, author of children's stories, photographer, and pioneer resident of Vashon Island, Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The papers are open to all users.

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Oliver Scott Van Olinda (1868-1954) was a career newspaperman who learned to set type at the Redington Press (Nebraska) at the age of 17. In 1891 Van Olinda moved to Vashon Island, Washington, where he started his first newspaper, The Island Home. The paper, lacking advertisers, was supported solely by a faithful readership of paid subscribers. In succeeding years, Van Olinda published and edited a number of papers: The Vashon Island Press (1895-1897); The Stanwood Press, a Snohomish County paper; The Island Times (1900-1909), a Coupeville paper; and The Vashon Island News-Record.

Van Olinda served for 18 years as historian of the Vashon-Maury Pioneer Society. He was an adept writer, producing many lively stories of Puget Sound pioneer life for both adults and children. His children's stories were created for his grandchildren, and each was specially bound and contained hand-drawn pictures. In 1935 Van Olinda published a book of local history, History of Vashon-Maury Island.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Van Olinda's papers consist of historical writings for adults and children, as well as scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings on local and regional history.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

The photographs and slides that form part of these papers have been issued electronically via the World Wide Web by the UW Libraries' Digital Initiatives Program under the title Oliver S. Van Olinda Photographs .

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

Oliver S. Van Olinda Papers. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

WritingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
"The Fog Did It" and other stories
1932-1934
1/2
History of Vashon-Maury Islands
1935
1/3
Nothin Much; a Composite Picture of Life in the Northwest
1936
1/4
"Etherealized"
1910
1/4
"The Last Potlatch"
1904
1/5
"Little Dramas of the Old West"
1933
1/5
"Little Yarns of Early Days on Vashon"
1934

Children's storiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6
"Rusty"
1946
1/7
The Bughouser Tales
A compilation.
circa 1933-1935
The Bughouser Tales
1931-1933
Box/Folder
1/8
"The Wise Old Owl and the Grouch"
1/8
"Marjories Has Company"
1/8
"Cooking Lesson"
1/8
"Mr. Monk Shows Things"
1/8
"The Jingled Hippo"
1/8
"The Frog and the Wishpole"
1/8
"What a Joke!"
1/9
"The Big Rockcandy Mountain"
1/9
"A New Path"
1/9
"Strictly Modern"
1/9
"Taken for a Ride"
1/9
"A Bughouser Mother Goose"
1/9
"The Blue Goose"
1/9
"Monkey Business"
1/9
"Up a Tree"
1/9
"Nellie"
1/9
"Marjorie in Mother Goose Land"
1/9
"Budweiser"
1/9
"End of a Perfect Friendship"
1/9
"Mick, Mack and Mike"
1/9
"The Funny Cheese"
1/10
"Just for Fun"
1/10
"Peter Goes to See (and Sea)"
Box/Folder
1/11-12
"Polygot Island"
1939

Speeches and writings of others, 1906Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/13

Scrapbooks, 1935-1949Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14-19

Ephemera, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/20

School records, 1884-1916 Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/1

PeriodicalsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/3
Ghost Town News
1946
2/4
The Nor'wester
1934
2/5
Social and Civic Reform
1901
Box
3
The Marine Digest
1950

NewspapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/6
The Outlook
1973
Box
3
The Island Views
1948 October 13
3
The Vashon Island Press
1895-1986

Clippings, 1896-1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/7

The Glelach, 1913-1918Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/8

Vashon High School yearbook.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--Washington (State)--Vashon Island--Archives
  • Children's stories, American--Washington (State)--Vashon Island
  • Historians--Washington (State)--Vashon Island--Archives
  • Newspaper editors--Washington (State)--Vashon Island--Archives
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Pioneers--Washington (State)--Vashon Island--Archives
  • Publishers and publishing--Washington (State)--Puget Sound Region
  • Publishers and publishing--Washington (State)--Vashon Island
  • Personal Names :
  • Van Olinda, O. S. (Oliver Scott), 1868-1954--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Puget Sound Region (Wash.)--Newspapers
  • Vashon Island (Wash.)--History
  • Vashon Island (Wash.)--Newspapers
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Children's stories
  • memorabilia
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Scrapbooks
  • writings
  • Other Creators :