Walter E. Meacham Papers, circa 1925-1945  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Meacham, Walter E., 1879-1951
Walter E. Meacham Papers
circa 1925-1945 (inclusive)
.45 cubic feet (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 2479
Typescripts for books and articles by Oregon historian and preservationist Walter Meacham, including typescripts of "Wagon wheels," "Stories of pioneer women," and "He walked with Lincoln."
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 to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Walter Meacham was a descendant of Oregon pioneers who wrote on subjects relating to overland journeys. He was the long-time leader of the Old Oregon Trail Association.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of typescripts of drafts of "Wagon wheels," "Stories of pioneer women," "Stories of pioneer men," and "He walked with Lincoln" (the story of Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker). Also included are typescripts of Meacham's poetry; sheet music for Isa Botton's song Oregon : the land our fathers won (1938) for which Meacham wrote the words; and copies of newspaper clippings containing Meacham's writings on the Lewis and Clark expedition, 1945.

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

Walter E. Meacham papers, Mss2479, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged in one series.

Acquisition Information

A portion of the collection was a gift of Mrs. Walter E. Jensen, 1977 December, Library Accession 14328.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Poetry undated
2 "Wagon wheels"
Typescripts and Drafts. Title page and front matter
3 4 versions of "First wagons to cross the Rockies" undated
4 3 versions of chapter on "Jed Smith" undated
5 3 versions of "Whitman makes history" undated
6 2 versions of "Mountain men"; 3 versions of "Bidwell-Bartleson" undated
7 2 versions of "Emigration of 1842"; and "The road that won an empire" undated
8 "The cow column" and various versions of "Trail in 1844" undated
9 3 versions of "Wagons to the Willamette" undated
10 "Lost wagon train" and "Blue bucket gold" undated
11 3 chapters on immigration of 1846 undated
12 2 versions of "The Mormons" undated
13 3 chapters covering 1848-1849 undated
14 5 chapters covering 1862 undated
15 Chapters covering 1853-1860s undated
16 Miscellaneous pages undated
17 "Stories of pioneer women" undated
18 "Stories of pioneer men" undated
19-25 "He walked with Lincoln" undated
26 Sheet music for Oregon : the land our fathers won 1938
27 Newspaper clippings, including articles on the Lewis and Clark expedition and Meacham's obituaries. 1945-1951

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Overland journeys to the Pacific.
  • Women pioneers--United States.

Personal Names

  • Baker, Edward Dickenson, 1811-1861.
  • Botten, Isa.
  • Lincoln, Abraham.
  • Meacham, Walter E., 1879-1951. (creator)

Geographical Names

  • Oregon National Historic Trail.
  • Oregon--History--To 1859.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Poetry.
  • Sheet music.

Titles within the Collection

  • Oregon : the land our fathers won.