Bean and Condon Family papers, 1872-1975  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Bean family
Bean and Condon Family papers
1872-1975 (inclusive)
3.5 linear feet, (7 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 154
Robert Sharp Bean (1854-1931) was an Oregon judge who served in circuit court, the state supreme court, and in the U.S. district court. Thomas Condon (1822-1907) was an Irish Congregational minister, geologist, and paleontologist, and professor at the University of Oregon Collection comprises correspondence, biographical and genealogical material, documents, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs divided into two segments centered around Robert S. Bean and his father in law Thomas Condon.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Sharp Bean, born in 1854 to Obadiah Roberts and Julia Sharp Bean, and raised ten miles north of Eugene, became one of Oregon's most impartial and respected judges. He served in circuit court from 1882-1890, in the state supreme court from 1890-1909, and in U.S. district court from 1909-1931.

A graduate of the University of Oregon in 1878, Bean became a regent of that institution in 1882, and was granted a law degree in 1895. In 1880 he married Ida Elizabeth Condon, daughter of Dr. Thomas Condon, the famous Oregon geologist. The couple and five sons, three of whom survived the judge.

In 1926, Bean became director of the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. During his life he served a total of 49 years on the bench and 21 years as a regent of the University of Oregon, and upon his death in 1931, was the University's oldest alumnus.

Thomas Condon (1822-1907) was an Irish Congregational minister, geologist, and paleontologist, and professor at the University of Oregon. Condon was appointed the first State Geologist for Oregon in 1872. He resigned that post to become first professor of geology at the University of Oregon. Previously he was a teacher at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bean Family Papers are comprised of material from Robert S. Bean and his father in law, Thomas Condon. The collection included correspondence, biographical-genealogical material, various documents, notebooks, scrapbook, sketchbooks, memorabilia and photographs.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Geologists--Oregon
  • Judges--Oregon

Personal Names

  • Bean, Harold C., 1889-1930
  • Bean, Robert S. (Robert Sharp), 1854-1931
  • Condon, Thomas, 1822-1907

Geographical Names

  • Eugene (Or.)--Genealogy

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints