J. Allen Gilbert Papers, circa 1888-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gilbert, J. Allen (1867-1948)
Title
J. Allen Gilbert Papers
Dates
circa 1888-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet (3 document cases and 1 scroll)
Collection Number
Mss 2987
Summary
J. Allen Gilbert (1867-1948) was a medical doctor and physiology professor. The papers consist of correspondence (1926-1948) from Gilbert to his daughter Dorothea Gilbert. The correspondence also includes brother Jess B. Gilbert, father-in-law Jacob G. Zerwekh, Abbie Plum, Nan Britton, and various friends and acquaintances. The collection contains photocopies of Gilbert's correspondence with Dr. Carl Gustav Jung and related materials (1926-1967), and photocopies of a few letters between Gilbert and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1922). The material includes several of Gilbert's published and unpublished articles for professional journals (circa 1897-1938), an unpublished manuscript "The Curse of Intellect" (1934), and a copy of his book, True and False Sex Alarms (1916). A Gilbert family genealogy (circa 1910) and ephemera are contained in the collection.
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, German
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

J. Allen Gilbert (April 5, 1867-April 18, 1948) was a medical doctor and physiology professor who resided in Portland, Or. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Gilbert attended several schools, including the Union Biblical Seminary and Yale University. He attained his medical degree in 1901. In 1901, after Gilbert married Florence A. Zerwekh, the couple relocated to Portland, Or., where he started his career as a Professor of Physiology at the Dental School of North Pacific College (later the University of Oregon Dental School). Their daughter, Dorothea, was born in 1906. Florence Gilbert died on December 17, 1917, which prompted her husband to undertake a worldwide search for her spirit. However, after seven years he called off the quest, declaring it a failure. Gilbert and his daughter wrote extensively to each other from the 1920s to the 1940s. He corresponded with various individuals during his lifetime, including Dr. Carl Gustav Jung and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials consist of correspondence (1926-1948) from J. Allen Gilbert to his daughter Dorothea Gilbert. Letters document Gilbert's professional and personal relationships and provide details about his travels around North America and Europe. Other correspondents include brother Jess B. Gilbert, father-in-law Jacob G. Zerwekh, Abbie Plum, Nan Britton, and various friends and acquaintances. The collection contains photocopies of Gilbert's correspondence with Dr. Carl Gustav Jung and related materials (1926-1967), and photocopies of a few letters between Gilbert and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1922). Gilbert's correspondence with Dorothea addresses many topics, including medical techniques, psychology in social work, personal relationships, and family affairs. Letters also contain Gilbert's opinions on sociology, philosophy, spiritualism, public welfare, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and racism in the South. The material reflects his somewhat volatile relationships with Dorothea, other family members, and friends. The collection includes several of Gilbert's published and unpublished articles for professional journals (circa 1897-1938), and an unpublished manuscript "The Curse of Intellect" (1934). Gilbert's articles address the topics of psychology, human values in education, spiritualism, and treatment of homosexuality. A copy of Gilbert's book, True and False Sex Alarms (1916), a Gilbert family genealogy (circa 1910), and ephemera are included in the collection.

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 before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

J. Allen Gilbert Papers, Mss 2987, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Correspondence--San Francisco trip
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert and Eugene C. and Evelyn L. Horton
July-August 1926
1/2-4 Correspondence--London trip
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert
September 1926
1/5-7 Correspondence--London and Scotland trips
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert
October 1926
1/8 Correspondence--London, Paris & Zurich trips
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert
November-December 1926
1/9 Correspondence
J. Allen Gilbert and Annie L. Sears to Dorothea Gilbert
1928-1929
1/10 Correspondence
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert
1930-1939
1/11 Postcards from cross-country trips & Portland, Or.
J. Allen Gilbert and Annie L. Sears to Dorothea Gilbert
1926, 1935-1939
1/12 Correspondence
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert
1940-1947
1/13 Correspondence
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert and Eugene C. and Evelyn L. Horton
undated
2/1 Correspondence--J. Allen Gilbert
Photocopies of correspondence with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Charles Clark Sweet of Sing Sing Prison
1922, 1931
2/2 Correspondence--Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
Photocopies of correspondence between J. Allen Gilbert and Jung.Correspondence between Dorothea Gilbert and Dr. Gerhard Adler.
1926-1967
2/3 Correspondence--J. Allen Gilbert & Abbie M. Plum 1936-1937
2/4 Correspondence--J. Allen Gilbert
H. Godwin Baynes, Nan Britton, Katherine L. Bush, Ruth Gilbert (?), Eleanor Gile, Arthur Stanley Riggs, Mr. Skiff, publishing company representatives, and others
1921-1947
2/5-7 Correspondence
J. Allen Gilbert to Dorothea Gilbert, Jess B. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Skiff, Jacob G. Zerwekh, and others. Jess B. Gilbert to J. Allen Gilbert. Jacob G. Zerwekh to J. Allen Gilbert and unidentified niece.
1939-1948
2/8 Correspondence--Dorothea Gilbert
Harriet Bartlett, Harry S. Bressler, Annie L. Sears, and others.Photographs of Dorothea, house, and nurse with baby.
circa 1929-1956
2/9 Professional writings--Dorothea Gilbert
"The Dilemma of Social Work" and notes
circa 1937-1945
2/10 Correspondence and obituaries--Florence Gilbert
Florence Gilbert to Annie L. Sears
1904-1917
2/11 Writings--Florence Gilbert
"Spiritual Development of the Child in the Home" and notes
circa 1910
2/12 Correspondence--Jacob G. Zerwekh
Zerwekh, father of Florence Gilbert, to J. Allen & Dorothea Gilbert
1941
2/13 Correspondence--fragments circa 1925-1945
2/14 Professional writings--J. Allen Gilbert
Articles in University of Iowa Studies in Psychology. Reprints of articles from American Medicine, Medical Record, Medical Sentinel, and unidentified journals.
circa 1897-1921
2/15 Professional writings--J. Allen Gilbert
Article in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, draft of preface and first chapter for unidentified manuscript, and fragments of articles.
circa 1910-1938
2/16 Professional writings--J. Allen Gilbert
Manuscripts of articles, "The Discouragements of Social Work" and "Am I a Church Member?"
circa 1910-1920
3/1 Professional writings--J. Allen Gilbert
Reprint of article from the Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, "Homo-sexuality and its Treatment," in which Gilbert describes his treatment of Alberta Lucille Hart/Dr. Alan L. Hart. Photocopy of manuscript of article, "Human Values in the Public School."
circa 1920
3/2 Manuscript, "The Curse of Intellect" by J. Allen Gilbert
Preface by Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
1934
3/3 Book, True and False Sex Alarms by J. Allen Gilbert 1916
3/4 Newspaper clippings
Article about Dorothea Gilbert and editorials
circa 1926-1956
3/5 Degrees and academia
Otterbein University, Almae Universitatis Lipsiensis, and Univerfität Leipzig
1889, 1897-1898
3/6 Ephemera
Materials include London tour map, photograph of Dorothea Gilbert and others at party, and photograph of child
circa 1888-1967
3/7 Poems
Poems by M. H. Wallace and unidentified
undated
3/8 Cosmopolitan Magazine article clippings
"How Does One Really Touch a Man?" and "Money & Marriage"
circa 1985-1990
scroll
Gilbert family genealogy by J. Allen Gilbert
Data recorded on scroll.
circa 1910

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Clinical health psychology--Oregon--Portland.
  • Educational psychology.
  • Physicians--Oregon--Portland--Correspondence.
  • Psychiatric social work--Oregon--Portland.
  • Psychoanalysis and homosexuality.
  • Public welfare--Oregon--Portland.
  • Racism--Southern States.
  • Sex instruction--Oregon--Portland.
  • Southern States--Race relations.
  • Spiritualism--Oregon--Portland.
  • Personal Names :
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930--Correspondence.
  • Gilbert, Jess B.--Correspondence.
  • Gilbert, Dorothea---Correspondence.
  • Gilbert, J. Allen (Joshua Allen), 1867-1948--Correspondence. (creator)
  • Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961---Correspondence.
  • Plum, Abbie---Correspondence.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Dental School.
  • Family Names :
  • Gilbert Family.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles.
  • Genealogies.
  • Letters.