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Isobel Walker Soule papers, 1914-1971

Overview of the Collection

Soule, Isobel Walaker, 1898-1972
Isobel Walker Soule papers
1914-1971 (inclusive)
4.5 linear feet, (3 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 774
Isobel Walker Soule (1820-1883) was a social worker, editor, and journalist active in the social causes of the 1930s. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, subject files including labor groups and committees, a scrapbook, George Soule correspondence and a manuscript, and an autobiography by James Blaine Walker.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Isobel Soule (1820-1883) was born in Irvington, New York and educated privately. She married George H. Soule, an editor of New Republic, in 1923. Soule displayed an interest in social problems, and lent her name, energy, and sponsorship to a variety of causes and committees, many of which were labor related. One of most sustained efforts was in connection with the strike of the Vermont quarry workers in the late 1930s. She was also one of the procession of sympathetic journalists who visited Russia in the 1930s and pronounced it "Paradise Regained." Soule coauthored a book, A Guide for Ladies Auxiliaries, and was on the editorial board of Woman Today.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, subject files including labor groups and committees, a scrapbook, George Soule correspondence and a manuscript, and an autobiography by James Blaine Walker.

Isobel Soule correspondence includes professional, personal, and family letters. Personal correspondence is organized alphabetically while outgoing letters are organized by date (1914-1971). There is also a group of letters from soldiers in WWI: William Dolan, 57th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps; J. M. F. (Jack) Gorman, 1st Connecticut Infantry; A. Eugene Higgens, Company B, Water Tank Train.

Subject files are organized alphabetically and contain many labor groups such as Quarry Workers International Union of North America and United Committee to aid Vermont Quarry workers. Other groups include American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born and the International Committee for the Protection of the Brazilian People. Documents include correspondence, meeting notes, and publications.

Manuscripts by Soule include articles, book-length, and poetry drafts and final revisions.

George Soule correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters.

Included in the collection is a 312 page autobiographical manuscript by James Blaine Walker (1864-1943, most likely Soule's father), titled "When the West Was Wild." The manuscript describes Walker's experiences as a newspaperman in Helena, Montana in the 1880s as well as his later association with the Syracuse, New York Herald, the New York Daily News and the New York Evening Telegram. The manuscript also refers to Walkers service as secretary of the New York Public Service Commission, District 1.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Isobel Walker Soule papers, Ax 774, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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