Melvin Clarke George papers , 1867-1930

Overview of the Collection

George, M. C. (Melvin Clark), 1849-1933
Melvin Clarke George papers
1867-1930 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (3 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 136
Melvin Clark George (1849-1933) was an Oregon pioneer, lawyer, state senator and U.S. Representative. The collection contains addresses (speeches), essays and letters to newspapers, manuscripts, legal documents, newspapers, artwork and scrapbooks.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Melvin Clarke George (1849-1933) was born in Ohio and came to Oregon with his parents in 1851. He was educated at Santiam Academy and Willamette University. He was an Oregon state senator, 1876-1880, and U.S. Representative, 1880-1884 (Republican), and later practiced law in Portland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains addresses (speeches), essays and letters to newspapers, manuscripts, legal documetns, newspapers, artwork and scrapbooks.

The addresses were speeches given before such groups as the Linn County Agricultural Association, Sons of the American Revolution, American Medical Association, and the Oregon Bar Association.

Manuscripts consist of George's literary work on the Columbia highway scenic route and include related correspondence.

Newspapers include five manuscript periodicals, "The Gem" (1867) and "The Golden Epoch" (1867), both published Willamette University students; "The Hesperian" (undated), published in Lebanon, Oregon; "The Review" (1869), published by the Lebanon, Oregon lodge, Good Templars; and "The Students Journal" (1867), published by students of Santiam Academy, Lebanon, Oregon.

The collection includes essays and letters written to newspapers by George, two scrapbooks, copies of photographs of the George family, and juvenilia artwork consisting of crude watercolors and drawings.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American newspapers--Oregon--History--19th century
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Portland
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Legislators--United States

Family Names

  • George family--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Columbia River Highway (Or.)
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • Oregon--Social life and customs
  • United States--Politics and government--1865-1900

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Drawings
  • Watercolors