Papers, 1868-1941  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Eliot, T. L. (Thomas Lamb), 1841-1936
Title
Papers
Dates
1868-1941 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 cubic foot, (2 document cases), (1 custom box)
Collection Number
Mss 9
Summary
Papers of a Unitarian minister of Portland, Oregon, including correspondence, speeches, and school records of his grandaughter Ruth Eliot Johnson.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Thomas Lamb Eliot, Portland clergyman, was born October 13, 1841 in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1867, Eliot came to Portland, Oregon, where he became the first pastor of the First Unitarian Church, a position he held until 1893. Rev. Eliot was influential in Portland's social, cultural, and educational life, which included serving as Multnomah County superintendent of schools (1872-1876), director of the Portland Library Association (1896-1925), and trustee of Reed College (1904-1925). He also played an important part in founding the Mazamas mountaineering club. He died April 28, 1936 in Portland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Papers include: records of inspection for various schools in the Portland area (1874); articles and newspaper clippings (1911-1941) about Eliot; correspondence and papers collected and received (1868-1934), including a Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition stock certificate (1903); sermons (1870-1899) on numerous religious and social topics, including: "Mount Hood and Its Suggestions to the Religious Mind" (1870); "The Brook by the Way" (1884); "The Holy Church Throughout the World" (1891); "The Radical Difference between Liberal Christianity and Orthodoxy" (1892); school report cards and needlework (1908-1917) of Eliot's granddaughter Ruth Eliot Johnson; bills and receipts (1871-1916); and St. Louis newspaper stories by Eliot's father, Rev. William Greenleaf Eliot, Sr. describing the family's trip west.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Thomas Lamb Eliot Papers, Mss 9, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Series 1:  Thomas Lamb Eliot correspondence and writings, 1871-1941Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-2
Correspondence and general materials
1871-1940
1/3
Articles and clippings (mostly biographical)
1935-1941; undated
1/4
Sermons (transcripts and manuscripts)
Includes two hand-written sermons, 1870 and 1880 (from accession 28190)
1870-1894
1/5
Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition stock certificate
1903

Series 2:  Eliot Family materials, 1869-1922Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6-7
Ruth Eliot needlework class examples
Eliot, Ruth
1912
1/8
Ruth Eliot school report cards and papers
Eliot, Ruth
1907-1922
1/9
Mary E. Eliot school notebook
Eliot, Mary E.
undated
1/10
Letters of William Greenleaf Eliot regarding trip to the west as published in St. Louis newspapers
1869

Series 3:  Bills and receipts, 1871-1918, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/11-13
Bills and receipts
1871-1877
2/1-12
Bills and receipts
1878-1918
2/13
Bills and receipts
undated
2/14
Tax receipts
1874-1884

Series 4:  Portland Schools inspection ledger, 1874Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Needlework—Patterns
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • School management and organization—Oregon—Multnomah County
  • School superintendents—Oregon—Multnomah County
  • Schools—Oregon—Multnomah County—Records and correspondence.
  • Social advocacy—Oregon—Portland
  • Social reformers—Oregon—Portland
  • Unitarian Universalist churches—Oregon—Portland—Clergy
  • Unitarian Universalist churches—Oregon—Portland—Sermons
  • Personal Names :
  • Eliot, T. L. (Thomas Lamb), 1841-1936—Correspondence (creator)
  • Eliot, T. L. (Thomas Lamb), 1841-1936—Sermons (creator)
  • Johnson, Ruth (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland, Or.)
  • Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)—Social conditions
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Financial records
  • Letters
  • School records
  • Sermons
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Eliot, William Greenleaf, 1811-1887 (creator)