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Alfred Powers papers, 1834-1963
- Powers, Alfred
- Alfred Powers papers
- 1834-1963 (inclusive)18341963
- 4 cubic feet, (8 document cases and 2 flat boxes)
- Collection Number
- Mss 2907
- Collection of original historical materials relating to Oregon and Pacific northwest history, including business records, school records, scrapbooks, catalogs, and ephemera.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Alfred Powers (1887-1983) was an author, journalist, teacher, book collector, and book binder. He was the author of 18 books and numerous articles; was a professor of journalism at the University of Oregon; served as the head of the Works Progress Administration's Writer's Project; and served as the dean of the SSHE Extension Service and Continuing Education.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains primary source materials relating to a wide variety of Western Americana, including Oregon and Northwest businesses, northwest authors, and other authors and organizations. Includes correspondence, business records, school records, diaries, printed materials, biographical and autobiographical materials, financial records, scrapbooks, and ephemera. Included are materials relating to: Richard Baird; Frederic Homer Balch; E. W. Ball; Charles Henry Carey; Eli Colter; Sabra Connor; Walter M. Cook; Belle W. Cooke; Robert Duniway; Daniel Giles; Sheldon Glover; Elwin G. Greer; Lafyette Grover; Bernard Hinshaw; Bruce LeRoy; Chester A. Lyon; Grace Marquam; John McCracken; Joaquin Miller; Joseph Ouper; Emil Peters; M. A. Pflug; George Pope; Dr. D. H. Rand; Oswald West; Auto Freight Company; Big Brother Farm (Lebanon, Oregon); Ladd & Tilton Bank; the Oregon Council for the Protection of Roadside Beauty; the Oregon Diamond Coal, Mining, and Developing Company; the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company; Portland Academy and Female Seminary; and the Vancouver Transportation Company.
Subjects include: Aumsville, Oregon; freemasonry; Japanese American internment; medical practice; mines and mining; Sitka, Alaska; statues; and steamboats.
Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top
Includes materials formerly designated Mss 2907-1.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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 prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.
Alfred Powers papers, Mss 2907, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in one series.
Acquired from Alfred Powers.
Photographs received with the collection were separated to the photograph collections of the Oregon Historical Society.
Ledger of the Drake Brothers photograph studio was added to the June Drake papers, Mss 1617, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
The following ephemera items were separated to the Topical Collections of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library:
- "Constitution, by-laws, manual of the lodge of the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Oregon" (booklet, 1911) -- to Mss 1511
- Donald Nursery Company, Donald, Oregon, catalog, 1916 -- to Mss 1510
- "In remembrance of the Midwinter International Exposition, San Francisco, Cal., 1894" (booklet) -- to Mss 1522
- "Lewis and Clark journal," May, 1904 -- to Serials Collection
- "Souvenir commemorating the gala opening of the Tebbets Oriental Theatre" (program booklet) -- To Mss 1510
- Souvenir menu of the Al Kadar A.A.O.N.M.S. pilgrimage," 1926 -- to Mss 1511
- "Souvenir programme, pilgrimage of the Al Kader Temple to Oasis of Coos Bay, October 4, 1919" (booklet) -- To Mss 1511
- Two menus from the Milwaukee Road -- To Mss 2942
- "The University of Oregon Summer Sessions, 1928, preliminary announcement" (booklet) -- to Mss 1504
- "Views of the PPIE Exposition, San Francisco, 1915" (booklet) -- to Mss 1522
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Alfred Powers CollectionReturn to Top
Ajax Mine, Colorado--Correspondence and papers (bound volume)
Albany Nurseries--Roses catalog
"Around the Pacific : cruise of the S.S. Malolo" (loose leaf notebook with hand written diary entries)
Auto Freight Terminal Company, Portland, Oregon--Shipments to Aurora
Aumsville, Oregon, Sunday school records (2 volumes)
Baird, Richard--North Yamhill, farmer's market account book
Balch, Frderic Homer--Correspondence
Ball, E. W.--Cash book
Carey, Charles--Incoming correspondence
Celilo Canal and Columbia River Improvement Association--Scrapbook of clippings and letters assembled by Levi W. Myers
"Chief Joseph" by Robert Duniway--Typescript of essay
Colter, Eli (author)--Autobiography (typescript)
Connor, Sabra--Fragments of diary
Cook, Walter M.--Portland to San Francisco motor trip log book
Cooke, Belle W. (author of Tears and victory)--Biographical data from her daughter
Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, Forum Songs booklet
Giles, Daniel--Autobiography, copied by Emil R. Peterson
Glover, Eli Sheldon--Diary (WPA transcription, typescript)
Greer, Edwin G., "Historical value of Astoria" (manuscript)
Herneau [Herman?], S., Portland--Cash book
Hinshaw, Bernard--Drawing for the "History of Oregon literature" (pencil drawings of Harvey Scott and Ella Rhoads Higginson)
Historical Records Survey (WPA), Eastern Oregon counties
Holt, U. L.--Invoices from merchants in Sitka, Alaska
"Japanese concentration camp"--Papers found at internment camp at Tule Lake
Journal of the Oregon Diamond Coal, Mining, and Developing Company, volumes 1-2
Keikhoven, E. K.--Naval diary
Ladd & Tilton Bank--Account books of depositors (4 volumes)
Ladd & Tilton Bank--Advertising and brochures
Ladd & Tilton Bank--"63 years : then, and now" (booklet of advertisements used in 50th anniversary campaign)
LeRoy, Bruce, "The history of Fort Vancouver" (typescript)
Lyon, Chester A., "Big Brother Farm, Lebanon, Oregon" (papers and photographs)
McCracken, John--Port of Portland time book
Miller, Joaquin--Article and other materials regarding
"Mission of Dolores of San Francisco, A.D. 1830" (lithograph)
Motor boat correspondence (letters to Alfred Powers)
Oregon Council for the Protection of Roadside Beauty--Year book
Oregon Fruit Drier (H. S. Jory & Son)--Catalog
"Oregon : name of mystery," by Alfred Powers (bound typescript)
Oregon Pioneer Mother Statue (Eugene)--Origin and unveiling
Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company--Bills of lading of Wing Sing Long Kee & Co. to Seufert Brothers Packing Company
"Oregon roses and other beautiful flowers"--Catalog, Clarke Brothers, Portland
"Oregon's imported song birds from Germany and England : contemporary records, 1890-1907," from the scrapbooks of C. F. Pfluger (scrapbook of clippings)
Records of the Oregon Song Bird Society, which this scrapbook concerns, are housed in the Audubon Society of Portland records, Mss 2990, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Ouper, Joseph--Financial journal, Scio, Oregon
Pack train trade--Copy of article from Huntchings' California Magazine
Peterson & Dering, Rose Growers--Catalog of roses
Pflug, M. A.--Cash book
Pioneer reminiscences re: wildlife, especially cougars (bound typescript)
Portland Academy--Autograph Album of student Josie DeVore
Portland physician's call book and record (printed record book with hand written entries by an unknown physician)
Powers, Alfred--General correspondence
Powers, Alfred, "Oregon petroglyphs" (manuscript and clippings)
"Prairie fires : notes gathered by Alfred Powers, assisted by Dorothy Schrader, for a prairie fire adventure in the chapter 'Three Dangers of Kit Carson' in the book 'True adventures on westward trails'" (bound typescript)
Rand, D. H., Dr.--Ledger
"Secretary's helper" (manual, Grand Lodge)
"The typewriters used in Portland offices in 1891, as advertised in seven 1891 numbers of the Century magazine" (scrapbook)
Vancouver Transportation Company--Records of the steamer Undine (2 volumes in custom box)
Vancouver Transportation Company--Profit and loss records of steamships Undine, Lurline, and Governor Newell
"Was Governor Lafayette Grover elected U.S. Senator by fraud?"--Clippings from the Congressional record
West, Oswald, "The battle of life" (memoirs)--Clippings from the Sunday Oregonian
Who's who of Oregon authors (pamphlet), published by the Oregon State Library
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Business enterprises--Northwest, Pacific
- Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
- Mines and mining--Northwest, Pacific
- Steamboats--Columbia River
- Baird, Richard
- Balch, F. H. (Frederic Homer), 1861-1891
- Ball, E. W.
- Carey, Charles Henry
- Colter, Eli
- Conner, Sabra
- Cook, Walter M.
- Cooke, Belle
- Duniway, Robert
- Giles, Daniel
- Glover, Sheldon
- Greer, Elwin G.
- Grover, La Fayette, 1823-1911
- Hinshaw, Bernard
- LeRoy, Bruce
- Lyon, Chester A.
- Marquam, Grace
- Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913
- Ouper, Joseph
- Peter, Emil
- Pflug, M. A.
- Pope, George
- Powers, Alfred--Archives
- West, Oswald, 1873-1960
- Auto Freight Company
- Ladd & Tilton Bank (Portland, Or.)
- Oregon Council for the Protection of Roadside Beauty
- Oregon Diamond Coal, Mining, and Developing Company
- Oregon Railway and Navigation Company
- Portland Academy and Female Seminary (Portland, Or.)
- Vancouver Transportation Company (Vancouver, Wash.)
- Big Brother Farm (Lebanon, Or.)
- Aumsville (Or.)--History
- Portland (Or.)--History
- Sitka (Alaska)--History
Form or Genre Terms
- Autograph albums
- Cash books
- Letters (correspondence)
- Printed ephemera