Walter E. Meacham papers, circa 1925-1951

Overview of the Collection

Meacham, Walter E., 1879-1951
Walter E. Meacham papers
circa 1925-1951 (inclusive)
0.45 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

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Walter Meacham was a descendant of Oregon pioneers and wrote on subjects relating to overland journeys. He was the longtime 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

Preferred Citation

Walter E. Meacham papers, Mss 2479, 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

A portion of the collection was the gift of Mrs. Walter E. Jensen, December 1977 (Lib. Acc. 14328).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Poetry undated
1 2 "Wagon wheels" -- typescripts and drafts; title page and front matter undated
1 3 "First wagons to cross the Rockies" (4 versions) undated
1 4 Chapter on "Jed Smith" (3 versions) undated
1 5 "Whitman makes history" (3 versions) undated
1 6 "Mountain men" (2 versions); "Bidwell-Bartleson" (3 versions) undated
1 7 "Emigration of 1842" (2 versions) and "The road that won an empire" undated
1 8 "The cow column" and various versions of "Trail in 1844" undated
1 9 "Wagons to the Willamette" (3 versions) undated
1 10 "Lost wagon train" and "Blue bucket gold" undated
1 11 Three chapters on immigration of 1846 undated
1 12 "The Mormons" (2 versions) undated
1 13 Three chapters covering 1848-1849 undated
1 14 Five chapters covering 1862 undated
1 15 Chapters covering 1853-1860s undated
1 16 Miscellaneous pages undated
1 17 "Stories of pioneer women" undated
1 18 "Stories of pioneer men" undated
1 19-25 "He walked with Lincoln" undated
1 26 Sheet music for "Oregon: the land our fathers won" 1938
1 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 Dickinson, 1811-1861
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Geographical Names

  • Oregon National Historic Trail
  • Oregon Territory--History
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Form or Genre Terms

  • drafts (documents)
  • poetry
  • sheet music

Titles within the Collection

  • Oregon: the land our fathers won

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Botten, Isa (composer)