W. F. and William R. Trimble papers, 1866-2002

Overview of the Collection

Trimble, W. F.
W. F. and William R. Trimble papers
1866-2002 (inclusive)
0.12 cubic feet, (3 folders in shared box)
Collection Number
Coll 805
Book of W. F. Trimble's writings with newspaper clippings inserted by his family; photocopied biographical entries for W. F. Trimble, William A. Trimble, and Patrick Raleigh; papers of William R. Trimble.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Francis Trimble, known as W. F. Trimble, was born in 1830 and grew up in Fleming County, Kentucky, where he studied and practiced law. He came to Portland, Oregon in October 1864, where he worked as a lawyer and judge. While in Oregon, he converted to Catholicism. In 1871, he married Caroline Raleigh, with whom he had four children. He died in 1888 after a lengthy illness.

William Raleigh Trimble was born in 1913 in Portland, Oregon, the son of William A. Trimble and grandson of W. F. Trimble. After teaching in public high schools and at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he was a professor at Loyola University in Chicago from 1955 to 1980. He specialized in English history. In 1964, he published a book, "The Catholic Laity in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603." Following his retirement, he returned to Portland, where he died in 2002.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of materials related to William Francis (W. F.) Trimble, his family, and his grandson William Raleigh Trimble. The papers of W. F. Trimble consist of a book in which he transcribed letters he has sent, and wrote his thoughts concerning the American Civil War and its aftermath, as well as his views about topics such as history, religion, genealogy, and his decision to come to Oregon. The book also contains a photograph of Trimble and newspaper clippings about him and his family, mostly added following his death. William R. Trimble's papers consist of correspondence concerning a gift made in his honor to Loyola University, a 1979 article about Trimble being named Loyola's Teacher of the Year, and his obituary. The collection also includes photocopied biographical entries about William F. Trimble, his son William A. Trimble, and his father-in-law, Patrick Raleigh.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

William F. and William R. Trimble papers, Coll 805, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of James Strassmaier, December 2019 (Accession RL2019-010).

Related Materials

An 1849 letter from William F. Trimble to Andrew J. Trimble is housed in Correspondence collection, Mss 1500, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Oral history of William R. Trimble is designated SR 11417, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon

Personal Names

  • Raleigh, Patrick, 1817-1868--Biography
  • Trimble, W. F.
  • Trimble, William A., 1874-1938--Biography
  • Trimble, William Raleigh

Corporate Names

  • Loyola University Chicago

Geographical Names

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Writings (documents)

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Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Trimble, William Raleigh (creator)