Edwin R. Bingham papers, 1905-1994

Overview of the Collection

Bingham, Edwin R
Edwin R. Bingham papers
1905-1994 (inclusive)
bulk (bulk)
48 linear feet, (32 containers)
Collection Number
UA 209
Edwin R. Bingham began his career as a professor of History at the University of Oregon (UO) in 1949 and retired to professor emeritus status in 1982. His major research areas included Pacific Northwest History and American cultural history. The collection (1905-1994) contains Bingham's faculty papers and correspondence files from his tenure at the UO, and also research files and publications largely regarding the history of the Pacific Northwest.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Edwin R. Bingham began his career as a professor of History at the University of Oregon in 1949. His research was focused on Pacific Northwest History and American cultural history. He retired in 1982, and was given the titled professor emeritus.

"Bingham focused on history as a topic of study at UCLA. After graduating with an M.A., he was hired in 1949 as a teaching assistant at Oregon (Bingham - no relation)."

"His is reputation was earned in his Mountain Man lectures, a heavily attended series in which Bingham recounted the exploits of these backwoods explorers and fur traders. A memorable class moment—and a jarring awakening for any dozing student—would be his earsplitting cry of "WAGH!!!" a Mountain Man's signature exclamation indicating admiration or surprise. His personalized license plates—WAGH—added to his celebrity around campus (Bingham)."

"Highlights of Bingham's own career include serving as a Fulbright scholar, and writing Charles F. Lummis: Editor of the Southwest, a portrait of an important character in western literary history. First published in 1955, the book was reissued in May by The Huntington Library Press. In addition, he published a biography of famed Northwesterner C. E. S. Wood (Bingham)." He also edited books on the California frontier and on the fur trade in the west.

"After that, he spread his passion for history to audiences around the state while traveling as a Chautauqua Scholar for the Oregon Council for the Humanities. Three years ago [in 2003], he received the UO's Distinguished Service Award—the highest honor awarded by the faculty (Bingham)."

[Source: Bingham, Bing. "What's in a Name?" Oregon Quarterly. Winter, 2006. Web.]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is organized by accession, and material includes (description is not comprehensive):

Accession 10961.A: History course files, Pacific Northwest and historic preservation research files and publications, and correspondence files organized in rough alphabetical order, 1930-1977.

Accession 2000.52.A: Correspondence, subject, and research files organized in alphabetical order within boxes. Many files and publications regard the American West, Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, Northwest history and culture, and Oregon Chautauqua events, 1980s-1994. A paper box and folder list is available in Special Collections and University Archives for boxes 27-30, and 32; there are no box lists for boxes 26 and 31.

Accession 2002.34: Correspondence files in rough alphabetical order. There are also many publications and subject files regarding Pacific Northwest History, 1905-1976.

Accession 2002s.35: correspondence and research files, not in alphabetical order. Many files regarding Pacific Northwest, especially Oregon history and literature, 1955-1990.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin R. Bingham papers, UA 209, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College teachers--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Historians--Oregon--Eugene
  • Historic preservation--Northwest, Pacific
  • History teachers--Oregon--Eugene
  • History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene

Personal Names

  • Bingham, Edwin R
  • Bingham, Edwin R.--Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • Pacific Northwest Historians Guild
  • University of Oregon--Faculty

Geographical Names

  • Northwest, Pacific--History--Sources
  • Northwest, Pacific--History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Oregon--History--Sources
  • West (U.S.)--History--Sources

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence