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Grace Howard Gray Scrapbook, circa 1862-1966
- Gray, Grace Howard
- Grace Howard Gray Scrapbook
- circa 1862-1966 (inclusive)18621966
- 1.5 linear ft., ((1 document case; 1 box Oversize A—11x14))
- Collection Number
- Mss 6049
- A scrapbook kept by Grace Howard Gray (1857-1949) to document family history and historic events, including mementos, drawings and ephemera collected during her lifetime. The scrapbook contains items related to the life of General O. O. Howard (1830-1909), Gray's father, and drawings by Guy Howard (1855-1899), her brother, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944). Additional materials were added to the scrapbook by other family members.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Grace Howard Gray (1857-1949), a daughter of General O. O. Howard (1830-1909), was born in Leeds, Maine. In 1875, she left her studies at Vassar College to join her parents at Vancouver, Washington Territory, where her father commanded the U.S. Army's Department of the Columbia.
General Howard, a Union officer during the Civil War, founded Howard University in Washington, D.C., and in 1877 he led a military campaign against the Nez Perce’ Indians in Idaho and Montana. In 1879, Grace E. Howard married Captain James Taylor Gray (1852-1928) in a ceremony at the Vancouver Barracks. Captain Gray was an early steamboat designer and pilot on the Willamette and Columbia rivers in Oregon, and the Yukon River in Alaska.
Grace Howard Gray was a board member of the Free Library in Portland, Oregon, and later a director of the Portland Public Library board. She was an early organizer of the Portland Woman's Club and a charter member and director of the Portland Y.W.C.A. Gray and her husband lived at Grayhaven, the family home in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
A scrapbook kept by Grace Howard Gray (1857-1949) to document family history and historic events, including mementos, drawings and ephemera collected during her lifetime. The scrapbook contains items related to the life of General O. O. Howard (1830-1909), Gray's father, and drawings by Guy Howard (1855-1899), her brother, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944). Additional materials were added to the scrapbook by other family members.
The scrapbook also contains a speech, an article, and correspondence to and from General O. O. Howard. Newspaper clippings document aspects of General Howard's professional career. Additional items added to the scrapbook by other family members include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a photograph of Grayhaven, the family home of Grace Howard and James Taylor Gray (1852-1928) in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The scrapbook has been photocopied for preservation purposes and reference 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 reproduction 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.
Photocopying is permitted only from the reference copy of the scrapbook.
Grace Howard Gray Scrapbook, Mss 6049, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The scrapbook is arranged in chronological order.
Gift of Dr. Norris H. Perkins, 2000. Accession number 24132.
The scrapbook has been disassembled, its pages have been numbered, and they are stored in folders for preservation purposes.
“Recollections,” 1936 reminiscences of Grace Howard Gray concerning her father, General O. O. Howard, is located in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library Manuscripts Collection, Mss 2094.
“Howard/Gray Family Papers,” a book containing copies of letters and papers from the scrapbook and memoirs of Grace Howard Gray and her daughter, Mary Augusta Gray, is located in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Nez Percé Indians
- Nez Percé Indians Wars, 1877
- Gray, Grace Howard, 1857-1949
- Gray, James Taylor, 1852-1928
- Howard, Guy, 1855-1899
- Howard, O. O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909
- Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944
- United States. Army. Dept. of the Columbia
- Fort Vancouver (Wash.)
- United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
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