The Lewis and Rachel Thayer Collection, 1860-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Thayer Family
Title
The Lewis and Rachel Thayer Collection
Dates
1860-2000 (inclusive)
Quantity
11 cubic feet, (10 boxes)
Collection Number
OLPb133THA
Summary
This collection of Thayer/Crabb family materials document Minnie Crabb's and her husband Charles's experiences during the Civil War, as well as Minnie's work in the temperence movement and her life as a writer. The collection also documents the life of Minnie's daughter, Rachel, and her husband Lewis. Both were college educators who spent a large part of their careers (1947-1975) at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Repository
Lewis & Clark College, Special Collections and Archives
Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR
97219
Telephone: 503-768-7758
Fax: 503-768-7282
archives@lclark.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions and is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Lewis & Rachel Thayer Collection documents two generations of the Rowe/Crabb/Thayer family. The first part of the collection documents Minnie Rowe. Minnie was born in England in 1870 to Mary and Joseph Rowe, who moved to Nebraska in 1872 with Joseph’s two brothers and their families. She graduated from high school in 1886 and taught grade school, eventually becoming the assistant principal of a high school. In 1901 she married Charles Ellsworth Crabb. They lived in Missouri for two years, where they had two children, Rachel and Paul, the former who grew up to marry Lewis Thayer in 1928. Around 1905 moved to New Mexico, where their youngest daughter, Frances, was born. They lived in New Mexico for two or three years, and in Tuttle, Oklahoma for ten years, and in 1918 moved to Deer Lodge, Montana to live on the Willard-Crabb Farms, Co. ranch. In 1925, Charles and Minnie left Montana and moved to Los Gatos, California, where Minnie died in a car accident in 1940. Throughout her life, Minnie was an avid supporter of temperance, and an active member of the Women Christian’s Temperance Union. She wrote a series of children’s books, the Mrs. Gray Bunny books, which taught young children about the importance of good health and the dangers of alcohol. She also wrote a number of short stories, including a semiautobiographical series about Little Nebraska Annie, a girl living in Nebraska in the late 1800s, many poems, and a play. She kept a journal sporadically from the 1890s until 1918, and continued to write fiction and autobiographical stories until her death. In 1940, she was killed by a drunk driver. Her husband, Charles Crabb, continued to live in Los Gatos until he moved in with Frances in 1960, and died in 1965.

The second generation documented in the collection is Minnie's daughter Rachel and her husband Lewis A. Thayer. Rachel was born in Joplin, Missouri on August 15, 1902. She earned a BA at University of Montana and an MA from Stanford University. In 1929 she met and married Lewis A. Thayer at Stanford. Lewis was born on December 25, 1903 in Mercur, Utah. Lewis earned BA and MA degrees in science at Washington State University before enrolling at Stanford to study for a Ph.D. After their marriage, the Thayers lived in Monterey, California, Sacramento, California, and Shreveport, Louisiana, where Lewis worked at the Hopkins Marine Station, Sacramento State University, and Centenary College. In 1946, Lewis accepted a position teaching science at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Rachel also found employment at Lewis & Clark as a librarian. Both worked at Lewis & Clark for over thirty years. The Thayers had for sons: David, Philip, Doug, and Steve. Lewis died in 1993, and Rachel died in 2000.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Includes diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, artifacts, and publications, and documents.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, broadcast, or quote from materials in the Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections requires written permission of the Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The Lewis & Rachel Thayer Collection (OLPb133THA), Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections, Portland, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Box 1: Minnie Rowe Crabb and Charles Crabb, 1883-1987Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.1
Minnie Crabb--England Journal
A ledger book containing Minnie Crabb's journal during the time she was visiting England
1890-1891
1.2
Minnie Crabb's Diary and Writings
A large account book containing Minnie Crabb's diary and other stories/writing selections, including "Southern Missouri Experiences" and "Reminiscences of Old England"
1901-1905
1.3
Minnie Crabb's Diary and Deer Lodge Poems
Book containing Minnie Crabb's diary between 1905-1911, in addition to several pages of poetry, written between 1918 and 1925
1905-1925
1.4
Tornadoes--Minnie Rowe
A one-page essay on tornadoes by Minnie Rowe
c. 1884
1.5
Story by Minnie Crabb--" A War Time Thanksgiving"
Story about hosting soldiers for Thanksgiving dinner
post-1926
1.6
Minnie Crabb: Mrs. Gray Bunny Books
Mrs. Gray Bunny's Health Color Book, Mrs. Gray Bunny's Children, Gray Bunny Children Still Learning, Mrs. Gray Bunny's Birthday Greetings (typed, but not bound or ilustrated), copyright certificates of Gray Bunny books
1936-1938
1.7
Story by Minnie Crabb--"Corn Husking Days"
13-page story
undated
1.8
Minnie Crabb: Food Alphabet Poem
An alphabet poem in which each letter stands for something edible.
undated
1.9
"An American Party," a play
Ledger book containing a handwritten play, also including a typed copy
undated
1.10
Short Story by Minnie Crabb--"Glimpses of Life"
A story about schoolteachers
undated
1.11
"Little Nebraska Annie" (short stories)
Book containing a holographic collection of short stories about a small girl living in Nebraska
undated
1.12
Minnie Crabb's Teaching Certificate
Original "Teacher's First Grade Certificate," along with several photocopies
1892
1.13
Marriage Record of Charles and Minnie Crabb
Photocopy of the original marriage certificate
1901
1.14
Letters from the Women's Christian Temperance Union
Letter to Minnie Crabb from the hedquarters of the WCTU, mostly pertaining to the Mrs. Gray Bunny books
1938-1939
1.15
Letters to Charles Crabb
Letters to Charles Crabb from his children
1958-1959
1.16
Newspaper Articles Concerning Minnie Rowe and C.E. Crabb
Three newspaper clippings, with photocopies, about Charles and/or Minnie Crabb
undated
1.17
Dried Flower and Story of Minnie Crabb's Death
A folded piece of construction paper containing a pressed dried flower and a small scrap of paper telling af Minnie Crabb's death by a drunk driver
undated
1.18
WCTU Songbook
Songbook of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
1928
1.19
Photograph Books from England
Two books of Lithographic prints, one of Southport, the other of "Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford, and Coventry"
c. 1890
1.20
Calendar for Crabb's Service Station
Wall calendar from Crabb's Service Station, Los Gatos, CA
1954
1.21
Stockham, NE Centennial Book
Souvenir booklet from the Stockham, NE Centennial
1987
1.22
Letterhead
Several copies of Minnie Crabb's WCTU letterhead, and one for Willard-Crabb Farms Co.
undated
1.23
Printed Info on Minnie Crabb's England Trip
Several pages of printed material on Llandudno, Wales, and one page on the Pavonia, a ship that sailed out of Liverpool
undated
1.24
Notes on Genealogy
Scraps of paper containing information on family history, a newspaper article about the 1920 census
undated
1.25
John Melville Crabb--Bio
Biography of John Melville Crabb, Charles Crabb's father, Civil War veteran
undated
1.26
Birthday Books
The Children's Birthday Book, and the Floral Birthday Book
undated
1.27
Diary of Charles Crabb
Diary kept by Charles Crabb when he was in his early teens
1883-1884
1.28
Charles Crabb's Address Book
Small bound book with addresses
undated
1.29
Letters Pertaining to the Estate of Charles Crabb
Letters among the children of Charles and Minnie Crabb after their father's death; the will of Charles Crabb; other letters pertaining to his estate
1965-1966
1.30
Bank Statements, Finances of Charles Crabb
Receipts, bills, checks and bank statements belonging to Charles Crabb
c. 1957-1960
1.31
Book Belonging to Rachel Crabb (later Thayer)
A book, entitled,"'Sweetness and Light," with Rachel Crabb's name written in the cover
undated
1.32
Wedding Invitation of Lewis and Rachel Thayer
Invitation to the wedding of Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
June 30, 1929

Box 2: Minnie Rowe Crabb, 1883-1987Return to Top

.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2.1
"Little Nebraska Annie and Other Stories"
Historical and biographical information on Minnie Rowe Crabb collected from her own writings and other sources. Includes DVD copy of collected material, printed copy, and an index to family photos (found on the DVD and in the collection).
undated

Box 3: Minnie Rowe Crabb, 1860-1940Return to Top

.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3.1
Crabb Family photographs
Green and pink album containing portraits of Minnie and Charles's relatives (mostly from the Crabb side of the family)
1860-1920
3.2
Photo Album
Black album containing images of the Crabbs' family, homes, and friends
1900-1940

Box 4: Crabb Family Photographs, 1860-1940Return to Top

.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4.1
Photo of John Melville Crabb
John Melville Crabb: 1st Sergeant Civil War photo
c. 1860
4.2
Tintype picture
Harriet, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, and Minnie Rowe
c. 1880
4.3
Photo
Bertha Allen and children (of unknown parentage), in England
c. 1900
4.4
Allen family photos
Two pictures of the Allen family
c. 1900
4.5
Minnie Crabb in wedding dress
Two copies of a portrait of Minnie Rowe Crabb, in her wedding dress
1901
4.6
Photo of Charles, Minnie, and Rachel Crabb
Two copies and the original photo of the Crabbs with their daughter Rachel
1902
4.7
Magdalena House photos
Pictures of the Crabb family from Magdalena, New Mexico (5 pictures)
1903-1904
4.8
Crabb family photos
Miscellaneous unmounted photos of the Crabb family
1880-1940
4.9
Framed photos of the Allen girls
Photo of Eugenie Allen, photo of Bertha Allen (here called Margaret)
c. 1890
4.10
Framed photo of Bertha Allen
Photo of Bertha/Margaret Allen
c. 1910
4.11
Minnie and Charles Crabb
Framed portraits of Minnie and Charles Crabb, Los Gatos
c. 1935
4.12
Minnie Crabb
Framed portrait of Minnie Crabb
c. 1935
4.13
Crabb family photos
Miscellaneous mounted photos of the Crabb family
1880-1940
4.14
Charlotte Crabb
Two copies of an image of Charlotte Crabb, approximately 2-3 years old
c. 1930
4.15
Miscellaneous photos
Photo of Pete Rowe, photo of a house and car, photo of the Crabb family
undated
4.16
Rowe family portrait
Portrait of Rowe family, with notes on indentifying the members, prior to Minnie Rowe's marriage
c. 1900
4.17
Charles and Minnie Crabb
Portraits of Charles and Minnie Crabb
c. 1930
4.18
Minnie Crabb
Portrait of Minnie Crabb
1935
4.19
Paul Crabb
Portrait of Paul Crabb at a desk
undated

Box 5: Crabb Family Artifacts, 1870-1903Return to Top

.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.1
G.A.R. Encampment Medals and Ribbons
Box containing Civil War vetran's of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) encampment medals and ribbons. Includes 1903, Nat'l Encampment, San Francisco, Cal., round medal with twisted metal border and three ribbons; GAR San Francisco 1903, Mother-of-pearl canteen suspended from eagle pin; Souvenir, 37th National Encampment, San Francisco, August 1903, star in ring suspended from bear pin reading "Souvenir"; round medal with flag ribbon and photograph; Rectangular blue pin with border and two leaves; metal canteen with orange felt; GAR, 37th National Encampment, Aug 17-24, San Francisco, Cal., 1903, gold metal with eagle on top; Iron Brigade, 2nd Wis, 6th Wis, 7th Wis, Mich 24, Ind 19th, star hanging from a ribbon; GAR 23rd, red and blue ribbons hanging from gold pin; Souvenir, GAR, 30th National Encampment, St. Paul, Minn, Sep 1-4, 1896, gold star hanging from pin reading "Souvenir"; Thirtieth Annual Encampment, St. Paul, Minn, Sept 1-4, 1896. Grand Army of the Republic, round medallion w/eagle hanging from red, white, and blue ribbon; On the record of our years/Abra'm Lincoln's name appears/Grant and Logan and our tears, Illionois~Illinois, Official Souvenir, Chicago Encampment, GAR 1900, medal with embossed pictures on a star; 34th National Encampment, GAR, Chicago, ILL, Aug, 1900, round medal with red, white, and blue ribbons; National Encampment, Milwaukee Wis., red square of ribbon; Iron Brigade, St. Paul, Sept. 1896, tan ribbon; 5th Annual Encampment, GAR 2nd Division, Southwestern Minnesota, Morton, June [dates illegible], light green ribbon; Minnesota, yellow ribbon; Wisconsin, Chicago, 1900, yellow ribbon; Minnesota, yellow ribbon; tan ribbon with the story of the Iron Brigade; Seventh Annual Encampment, 2d Division, S.W. Minn, GAR Association, Redwood Falls, Min, June 16, 17, & 18th, light yellow ribbon.
1870-1903
5.2
Crabb Family Artifacts
Minnie Crabb's purse; wooden box with cord; Charles Crabb's rubber address stamp; roll of microfilm; box containing beaded mat, beaded headband, and a perfume bottle; recipe box belong to "Grandma Crabb"; two smoke- or ink-stained rectangles of red leather or linoleum
undated

Box 6: Lewis & Rachel Thayer Documents, 1919-2000Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6.1
Lewis Thayer: State College of Washington
Miscellaneous documents, and publications collected by L. Thayer
c. 1920
6.2
Lewis Thayer: State College of Washington - Programs and Mementoes
Large collection of programs, fliers, and personal mementoes collected by L. Thayer from the State College of Washington and Pullman high school.
1919-1926
6.3
The Hornet Newsletter: State College of Washington
Copies of newsletters produced at the State College of Washington by students. L. Thayer was the Hornet newsletter purser.
1921-1926
6.4
Lewis Thayer: Stanford University
Miscellaneous documents and publications collected by L. Thayer
c. 1930
6.5
Stanford University: Bryan Niel Thesis
Bryan Niel, botany thesis, images, and bibliography presented to L. Thayer.
1931
6.6
Lewis Thayer: Sacramento Junior College
Academic announcement calendar including class schedule for L. Thayer, and note by R. Thayer on his appointment at the Sacramento Junior College.
1933
6.7
Lewis Thayer: Centenary College of Louisiana
Miscellaneous documents and publications collected by L. Thayer
1934
6.8
Lewis Thayer: Diatom Water-blooms on the Coast of Washington
Copy of publication and research materials relating to L. Thayer paper published by Louisiana Academy of Sciences.
March, 1935
6.9
Lewis Thayer: Lewis and Clark College
Collection of reports, scripts, speeches and miscellaneous documents from L. Thayer regarding his work at the Lewis and Clark College.
c. 1970
6.10
Lewis Thayer: Lewis and Clark College Overseas Programs
Correspondence, programs, clippings, and miscellaneous documents relating to L. Thayer and the Lewis and Clark overseas program.
1971
6.11
Lewis Thayer: City Club of Portland
Correspondence, committee information, and miscellaneous documents relating to L. Thayer and his work with Portland school district #1, and City Club of Portland.
1973-1983
6.12
Lewis Thayer: War Department
Certificates of completion, and photographs relating to L. Thayer and the Civilian Defense.
1943
6.13
Lewis Thayer: Personal Documents and Artifacts
Passports, personalized name plate, prescription information, vaccinations, credit and membership cards belonging to L. Thayer.
undated
6.14
Lewis Thayer: Memorial Service
Service program, notecards, and documents collected from L. Thayer's memorial service by R. Thayer.
Nov. 7, 1993
6.15
Rachel Thayer: University of Montana Art Class Work
A collection of drawings and essays by Rachel Crabb Thayer from the University of Montana
1923
6.16
Rachel Thayer: Miscellaneous Art Work
Small portfolio containing early drawings by Rachel Crabb Thayer.
c. 1920
6.17
Rachel Thayer: Lewis and Clark College
Programs, announcements, and miscellaneous documents collected and notated by R. Thayer from Lewis and Clark College and the Watzak Library.
undated
6.18
Rachel Thayer: Writing Your Life Story
Class syllabus for creative writing class at Portland Community College.
1991
6.19
Rachel Thayer: "Blythe Spirit"
Handwritten and typed script copy of short story.
undated
6.20
Rachel Thayer: "Before the Covered Wagon Pt. 3"
Handwritten notes and a typed script for the short story "Before the Covered Wagon Pt. 3" by R. Thayer.
undated
6.21
Plaza Scene: Terwilliger Plaza News Bulletin
Copies of news bulletin and original manuscripts by R. Thayer.
1993-1998
6.22
Rachel Thayer: Oregon Historical Society
Information regarding the Thayer's involvement with the Oregon Historical Society and the Heritage Quilts Exhibition.
c. 1950
6.23
Rachel Thayer: Persona: History Timeline
Titled "outline for writing" R. Thayer details the events in her life from 1902-1929 in timeline form.
1967
6.24
Rachel Thayer: Personal Documents and Artifacts
Passports, personalized name plate, resume, vaccinations, credit and membership cards belonging to R. Thayer.
undated
6.25
Rachel Thayer: Memorial Service
Service program, copy of obituary, guest book, and Sunday service program collected from R. Thayer's memorial Service.
June 3, 2000
6.26
Thayer Family Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates
Personal documents and information relating to R. and L. Thayer and their four children Steve, David, Phil, and Doug Thayer.
1902-2000
6.27
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Diplomas
Rachel and Lewis Thayer diplomas from Leland Stanford University, State University of Montana, and State College of Washington.
1924-1935
6.28
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Trust Agreements
Last will and testaments, and trust agreements for Rachel and Lewis Thayer.
1986
6.29
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Organizations and Memberships
Miscellaneous documents, programs, and information relating to organizations sponsored by Rachel and Lewis Thayer.
undated
6.30
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Events
Invitations, cards, rosters, and miscellaneous documents relating to Thayer family events.
1924-1999
6.31
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: First Presbyterian Church
Programs, newsletters, and miscellaneous documents relating to the Thayer's association with the church. Includes report on church committee planning and mission of the church.
1947-1995
6.32
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Accounting Documents
Bills, payments, and other personal account information.
1942-1998

Box 7: Lewis & Rachel Thayer Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1926-2000Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7.1
Lewis Thayer: Stanford College Scrapbook
1926
7.2
Lewis Thayer: Stanford College Scrapbook
1926-1927
7.3
Lewis Thayer: Stanford College Scrapbook
1927
7.4
Thayer Family Scrapbook
1927
7.5
The Stanford Review; Stanford College Scrapbook
1928-1931
7.6
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Picture Clippings Scrapbook
c. 1930
7.7
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Clipping Scrapbook
c. 1930
7.8
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Scrapbook of Writings
c. 1930
7.9
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Family Scrapbook
1938-2000
7.10
Rachel Thayer: Clippings from Travel Events
Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous documents relating to Thayer travel events.
1997-1999
7.11
Rachel Thayer: Miscellaneous Clippings
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and papers collected by R. Thayer. Many include personal notes on events, people, and places.
undated
7.12
Lewis Thayer: Louisiana Residence Construction Contract
Specifications and construction folio for the erection of a residence at 125 Albert St. Shreveport, Louisiana.
June 17, 1940
7.13
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Oregon Residence Papers
Contracts, mortgage papers, and receipts for their Portland, Oregon house. Includes Willamette View brochure depicting their house.
1950-1962

Box 8: Lewis & Rachel Thayer Family Documents, 1903-1993Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8.1
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Misc. Oversized Documents and Awards
Includes Lewis Thayer, Recognition of Service Award, 1969; Lewis Thayer, diploma to Sigma XI, 1929; Rachel Thayer, teacher poster, 1925.
1925-1969
8.2
Lewis Thayer Publications
Books, journals, and articles containing essays by L. Thayer.
1927-1938
8.3
Lewis Thayer: Baby Life Remembrance Book
1903-1993
8.4
Lewis Thayer: Childhood Mementos
Box containing paper crafts, illustrations, art works, scrapbook, and other childhood mementos of L. Thayer.
c. 1903
8.5
Rachel Thayer: The Powell Yearbook
Powell county high school, Dear Ridge, Montana, 1920 Yearbook.
1920
8.6
Rachel Thayer: The Sentinel Yearbook
State University of Montana 1924 yearbook.
1924
8.7
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Wedding Guest Book
June 30, 1929
8.8
Rachel Thayer: Notes on Personal Memories
Collection of notes and transcriptions of personal memories.
undated
8.9
Rachel Thayer: Misc. Personal Notes
Miscellaneous personal notes on daily Thayer events, and thought on a variety of subjects.
undated
8.10
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Photograph Christmas Cards
Two photograph Christmas cards from the St. Johns family. One depicting Snake Rive, Geneva Bar, Oregon., and one South Baldy, Washington.
1928-1929
8.11
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Postcards
Collection of postcards collected by the Thayer's during their various travels.
undated

Box 9: Rachel and Lewis Thayer Appointment Books, 1930-2000Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9.1
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Misc. Date Books, Callendars, and Appointment Books.
1930-2000

Box 10: Rachel & Lewis Thayer Documents, 1930-2000Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
10.1
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Misc. Date Books
1930-2000
10.2
Rachel Thayer: Journals
undated
10.3
Rachel and Lewis Thayer: Budget Books
undated
10.4
Listing of family books included with archives
Books are housed with Special Collections rare book collection and in the general library collections.
undated
10.5
Lewis and Rachel Thayer Biographical Information
undated
10.6
Lewis Thayer Autobiography
undated
10.7
Lewis Thayer "I Remember Papa"
undated
10.8
Lewis Thayer "Notes Concerning Mercur Utah"
1992
10.9
Rachel Thayer "Notes Concerning Kelly New Mexico"
1992
10.10
Rachel Thayer Apartment Inventory
1999
10.11
Lewis and Rachel Thayer Tax Summary
undated
10.12
Rachel Thayer Writings: DVD
DVD containing transcripts of R. Thayer stories, notes, and diaries.
undated
10.13
Photocopies of various news clippings and Documents
undated

Box 11: Correspondence, 1908-1929Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
11.1
Postcards Crabb family; undated page of prayers
1908-1912
11.2
Correspondence from Miss Celito Johnson to Master Lewes [sic] (Mercur, Utah)
1909
11.3
Correspondence Emily Benedict to Lewis Gilmore Thayer regarding family history
1911
11.4
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from Marion Hennings (3); Ltrs to Paul Crabb from Paul Lowery
1918
11.5
Lewis A. Thayer – Expense Account for Sept 1, 1918 to Sept. 1, 1919
1918-1919
11.6
Postcards to Lewis A. Thayer
1919
11.7
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Mamma (Minnie Rowe Crabb); the Bell (a teacher friend (?) in Deerlodge Montana); and, Francis Crabb
1921
11.8
Correspondence to Lewis A. Thayer from Marguerite
1921
11.9
There and Back
An account of an auto trip from Pullman, Washington to Pawnee City, Nebraska, in the summer of 1923. Written by Maude Thayer. On the trip with her were Lewis (age 19), Frances (age 18) and Mary (age 14). The trip was made in a Dodge touring car.
1923
11.10
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Minnie Crabb
1924
11.11
Lewis Thayer; photograph (year book) “a few of the gang” L. Thayer (left of center third row); and name card
1924
11.12
Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1925
11.13
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Minnie Crabb; Francis Crabb; and Paul Crabb
1926
11.14
Lewis Thayer: Thesis
Thayer, Lewis Atkinson, "The Morphology of Certain Washington Ferns". Thesis (Master of Science). State College of Washington. 1926; “The Gametophytic Development of Certain Ferns: Polypodium Vulgare Var. and Pellaea Densa”, by F.L. Pickett and Lewis A. Thayer. (reprinted in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club)
1926
11.15
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Minnie Crabb; Francis Crabb; and Paul Crabb
1927
11.16
Crabb Family undated correspondence
ca. 1927
11.17
Rachel E. Crabb: Thesis
"The League of Nations and the Greek Refugees". Thesis (Master of Arts). Stanford University.
1928
11.18
Correspondence to Lewis Thayer from Viola Brewer; includes pressed flowers. (some letters undated)
1926-1927
11.19
(Jan–Oct) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1927
11.20
(Nov–Dec) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb;
1927
11.21
Correspondence Rachel Crabb to Mrs. Luske transmitting football tickets
1927
11.22
(Jan–Dec) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.23
(Mar–Apr) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.24
(May–Jul) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.25
(Aug–Sep) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.26
(Oct) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.27
(Nov) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.28
(Dec) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1928
11.29
Correspondence to Lewis Thayer from: Frances (Furry) Thayer; Lewis Gilmore Thayer
1928-1929
11.30
Correspondence Maude Thayer to Lewis A. Thayer (incomplete)
1928
11.31
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Paul Crabb; Francis Crabb; Minnie Crabb; Maude A. Thayer
1928
11.32
Correspondence to Rachel Crabb from: Paul Crabb; Francis Crabb; Minnie Crabb; Maude A. Thayer; Lewis Gilmore Thayer; Alice Span Crabb; includes a letter from Rachel Crabb to Maude Thayer
1929
11.33
(Jan) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929
11.34
(Feb) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929
11.35
(Mar) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929
11.36
(Apr) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929

Box 12: Correspondence, 1929-1949Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12.1
(May) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929
12.2
(Jun) Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
1929
12.3
Materials relating to the wedding of Lewis Thayer and Rachel Crabb
Card from the Sheldon family; calling cards from Mrs. Lewis Marion Montgomery, Miss Mary Katherine Thayer, Mrs. Leabitt R. Cadwell, Carolyn May Spohn, Flora Simmons Reynolds, Miss Frances T. Thayer, Eva Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Roland K. Abercrombie; letter to Mrs. C.C. Crabb regarding the use of the Stanford Chapel for the ceremony on 30 June 1929; letter from Maude Thayer to Rachel; the invitation and wedding rice; copy of marriage license
1929
12.4
Correspondence to Lewis and Rachel Thayer
Yellowstone (research trip following their honeymoon in Carmel-by-the-Sea); LAT doing research on blue-green algae for the Carnegie Institute Geophysical Laboratory. File includes newspaper clipping on a talk LAT presented; newspaper cartoons; dried flowers; 4 Correspondence to REC from her mother; and a ltr to REC from Dana (?)
1929
12.5
(Dec - Jan) Correspondence between Lewis and Rachel Thayer. Lewis in Monterey and Rachel in Los Gatos, California
1929-1930
12.6
El Adobe Hospital – two invoices [for delivery of David L. Thayer]
1930
12.7
Correspondence from Maude Thayer to Children (1); and, from Minnie Crabb to Rachel & Lewis (1);
1930
12.8
Letter [Lewis Thayer] to Folks, December 27, 1931
1931
12.9
Correspondence between Lewis and Rachel Thayer
1931
12.10
California State Dept. of Education General Secondary School Credential – issued to Lewis A. Thayer
1932
12.11
Thayer Family Correspondence
Letters into October are LAT to family. Including correspondence relating to the move to Shreveport, La. where Lewis Thayer began teaching at Centenary College.
1933
12.12
Thayer Family Correspondence
Includes correspondence of Charles E. Crabb; Maude Thayer; Minnie Rowe Crabb; Francis T. Thayer; Frances Crabb Luske; Lewis G. Thayer and Lewis A. Thayer
1934
12.13
Thayer Family Correspondence
Includes correspondence of Charles E., and Minnie Crabb; Alice Spann Crabb (Healdsburg, Ca.); Maude Thayer (Wilderville, Or.); Minnie Rowe Crabb; Francis T. Thayer; Frances Crabb Luske; Lewis G. Thayer and Lewis A. Thayer. Mary Thayer George (Minneapolis);
1935
12.14
Undated family Correspondence
ca. 1935
12.15
(Jan – June) Thayer Family Correspondence
1936
12.16
(July – Dec) Thayer Family Correspondence
1936
12.17
Correspondence between Rachel and Lewis Thayer
1936
12.18
Thayer Family Correspondence
1937
12.19
Correspondence between Rachel and Lewis Thayer
1937
12.20
Thayer Family Correspondence
1938
12.21
Correspondence between Rachel and Lewis Thayer (with notes from the boys);
1938
12.22
Thayer Family Correspondence
1939
12.23
(Aug) Correspondence between Rachel and Lewis
1939
12.24
Thayer Family Correspondence
1940
12.25
(July – Aug) Minnie Rowe Crabb
Minnie Rowe Crabb – material relating to her death resulting from and automobile accident; telegram, dried asters Rachael collected from Minnie Crabb’s garden; includes notes made by Rachael relating to her mother’s death
1940
12.26
Correspondence between Rachel and Lewis Thayer
1940
12.27
Correspondence from Frances Thayer to Lewis Thayer; and, 2 letters from Frances (Crabb) Luske to Rachel Thayer
1940
12.28
Thayer Family Correspondence
1941
12.29
Correspondence from J.S. and Mrs. Anderssen (Moscow, Idaho) one to Rachel and Lewis; one to Lewis and Maude Thayer
1940-1941
12.30
Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and his parents
1941
12.31
Correspondence between Lewis and Rachel Thayer
1942
12.32
Family Correspondence
1942
12.33
Correspondence to Lewis and Rachel Thayer from Frances T. Luske
1942
12.34
Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and his parents
1942
12.35
Correspondence David L. Thayer to Grandpaw
1943
12.36
Thayer Family Correspondence
1943
12.37
Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and his parents
1943
12.38
correspondence to folks and Rachel from: C.E. Crabb, Frances T. Luske and Paul Craff
ca. 1943
12.39
Family Correspondence
1944
12.40
Correspondence between Lewis Thayer and his parents
1944
12.41
Correspondence from Crabb Family to Rachel and Lewis Thayer
1944
12.42
Family Correspondence
1945
12.43
Correspondence to Lewis and Rachel from his parents and sister Mary Spencer; includes Correspondence to the boys from their grandfather Lewis G. Thayer
1945
12.44
Family Correspondence
1946
12.45
Correspondence to Lewis and Rachel from his parents and sisters Mary Spencer and Francis Thayer; includes Correspondence to the boys from their grandfather Lewis G. Thayer
1946
12.46
Correspondence C. E. Crabb to Rachel and Lewis Thayer
1946
12.47
(July and August) Correspondence between Lewis and Rachel Thayer while Lewis is in Corvallis, Oregon.
Includes letters from the boys (Philip and Doug to Rachel when they were in Grants Pass. At the end of this summer Lewis and family moved to Portland.
1946
12.48
Thayer Family Correspondence
1947
12.49
Correspondence to Lewis and boys from his parents
1947
12.50
(Sept) Correspondence Rachel to Lewis Thayer
1947
12.51
Thayer Family Correspondence
1948
12.52
Thayer Family Correspondence
1949

Box 13: Correspondence, 1950-1970Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
13.1
Correspondence Thayer Family primarily Lewis G. Thayer to Lewis A. Thayer
1950
13.2
Postcards Paul Crabb to C. E. Crabb
1950
13.3
Thayer Family Correspondence
1951
13.4
Correspondence - undated Thayer Family Correspondence: C.E. Crabb, Francis C. Luske to Rachel and Lewis Thayer
ca. 1951
13.5
(June/July) materials relating to the death of Lewis Gilmore Thayer
1951
13.6
Thayer Family Vacation Poll
This poll was taken by Lewis Thayer regarding where Rachel and the boys wanted to go for vacation
1952
13.7
Thayer Family Correspondence
Most of the correspondence is from David L. Thayer to “folks”. Letters are from Iowa where David began graduate studies in physics
1952
13.8
Thayer Family Correspondence: primarily from David to his parents written from graduate school
1953
13.9
Thayer Family Correspondence
1954
13.10
Correspondence undated from Rachel Thayer, C.E.Crabb and David Thayer
ca. 1954
13.11
(Jan. thru June) Thayer Family Correspondence
1955
13.12
(July thru Dec.) Thayer Family Correspondence
1955
13.13
Correspondence undated from C.E.Crabb
ca. 1955
13.14
(Jan. thru June) Thayer Family Correspondence
1956
13.15
(July thru Dec.) Thayer Family Correspondence
Includes letters from David and Marcia nee Belsher who were married in September; Philip and Carol nee Stanford married in June; and, Douglas who in in graduate school at the University of Oregon. Also included are letters from C.E. Crabb
1956
13.16
Correspondence from Frances Thayer from Edinburgh, Scottland
1956-1957
13.17
(Jan. thru Jun) Thayer Family Correspondence
1957
13.18
Thayer Family Correspondence
Undated believed to be 1957 because in with Correspondence in an envelope post marked 1957; or, by general subject matter
ca. 1957
13.19
Thayer Family Correspondence
1958
13.20
Correspondence undated from Stephen, Marcia and Rachel Thayer
ca. 1958
13.21
Thayer Family Correspondence
1959
13.22
Correspondence undated
ca. 1959
13.23
Correspondence Lewis Thayer to RachelThayer
1959
13.24
Thayer Family Correspondence
1960
13.25
Undated Thayer Family Correspondences
ca. 1960
13.26
Thayer Family Correspondence
1961
13.27
Undated Thayer Family Correspondences
ca. 1961
13.28
Thayer Family Correspondence
1962
13.29
Undated Thayer Family Correspondences
ca. 1962
13.30
Correspondence Lewis to Rachel Thayer
1962
13.31
Thayer Family Correspondence
1963
13.32
Thayer Family Correspondence
1964
13.33
Undated Correspondence from Lewis to Rachel Thayer
ca. 1964
13.34
Thayer Family Correspondence
1965
13.35
Thayer Family Correspondence
1966
13.36
Thayer Family Correspondence
1967
13.37
Thayer Family Correspondence
1968
13.38
Thayer Family Correspondence
1969
13.39
Thayer Family Correspondence
1970

Box 14: Correspondence, 1971-1993Return to Top

1.5 cubic feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
14.1
Thayer Family Correspondence
1971
14.2
Correspondence (Jan. thru June)
From Rachel and Lewis Thayer while they were with the Lewis & Clark College Overseas Study in Turkey
1971
14.3
Materials relating to the trip to Turkey
1971
14.4
Thayer Family Correspondence
1972
14.5
Thayer Family Correspondence
1973
14.6
Melinda Lee Thayer (1965 – 1973)
1965-1973
14.7
Thayer Family Correspondence
1974
14.8
Thayer Family Correspondence
1975
14.9
1975 Lewis Thayer – 50th College Reunion – Washington State University
1975
14.10
Thayer Family Correspondence
1976
14.11
Lewis and Rachel Thayer – Hong Kong Mail Freighter Trip
1976
14.12
Thayer Family Correspondence
Rachel and Lewis travel to England in September /October
1977
14.13
Thayer Family Correspondence
1978
14.14
Thayer Family Correspondence
1978
14.15
Thayer Family Correspondence
1979
14.16
Rachel and Lewis – M.S. Zvir Freighter Trip
1979
14.17
Rachel and Lewis 50th Wedding Anniversary; cards, guest lists
1979
14.18
Rachel and Lewis 50th Wedding Anniversary; photographs
1979
14.19
Rachel and Lewis 50th Anniversary; guest book
1979
14.20
Thayer Family Correspondence; Mt. St Helen’s eruption
1980
14.21
Thayer Family Correspondence
1981
14.22
Thayer Family Correspondence
1982
14.23
Marcia Belsher Thayer (1935 – 1982)
Includes telegram from State Department regarding Marcia’s death in Ireland; newspaper death announcements; correspondence, travel arrangements; sympathy cards
1982
14.24
Rachel and Lewis – Travel to China
Materials relating the trip – tickets, hotel stationary, notes on tour sites; notes on purchases, credit card receipts
1982
14.25
China Travel
Rachel Thayer’s accident at hotel where she broke her hip; medical reports (in Chinese); hospital bills on return to United States
1982
14.26
China Travel
Lewis Thayer writings and stories about travel in China and Rachel’s accident
1982
14.27
Get well cards to Rachel Thayer
1982
14.28
Thayer Family Correspondence
1983
14.29
Thayer Family Correspondence
1984
14.30
Thayer Family Correspondence
1986
14.31
Thayer Family Correspondence
1987
14.32
Thayer Family Correspondence
1988
14.33
Thayer Family Correspondence
1989
14.34
Terwilliger Plaza Move
1989
14.35
Thayer Family Correspondence
1990
14.36
Thayer Family Correspondence
1991
14.37
Thayer Family Correspondence
1992
14.38
Thayer Family Correspondence
1993
14.39
Lewis Thayer Final illness – get well cards
1993
14.40
Lewis A. Thayer – obituaries
1993
14.41
Lewis A. Thayer (1903 – 1993) memorial attendance cards, sympathy cards and letters
1993
14.42
Lewis A. Thayer – sympathy cards received by David L. Thayer
1993

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Crabb, Charles Ellsworth
  • Crabb, Minnie Rowe
  • Thayer, Lewis A.
  • Thayer, Rachel
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Or.) (creator)
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Family Names :
  • Crabb family--Archives
  • Thayer family--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Deer Lodge (Mont.)
  • Kelly (N.M.)
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Stockham (Neb.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Family Names :
    • Crabb family--Archives
    • Thayer family--Archives