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C. Eleanor Spears papers

Identifier: Coll 096

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of collected printed material relating to suffrage (1915-1930) and temperance, (1918-1947), and to a lesser degree socialist politics and the Christian Science religion, and also includes general correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, diaries and address books.

The correspondence is from the years 1918-1951. There is one folder of manuscript material, one diary from 1938, and also address books.

The rest of the collection is organized by topic.

Suffrage material (1915-1930) includes correspondence, campaign and political information, pamphlets, press releases, statements by prominent national and New York male figures (including Theodore Roosevelt) about their reasons for supporting women's suffrage, and informational bulletins.

Women's Christian Temperance Union (1918-1947) material includes leaflets, pamphlets, tracts, and official publications.

There are more topical files containing additional printed material regarding topics such as tobacco, marijuana, politics and religion. Political material includes sample ballots for two elections, and Spears' Socialist Party card from 1932.

There are folders containing newspaper clippings and topics include World War II rationing.

Also included in the collection are scrapbooks, postcards (1920s), a snapshot of Mussel Shoals (c. 1900) and an editorial cartoon about the photographer Lindburg of Inglewood, CA (1910s). The scrapbooks contain additional newspaper clippings, calling cards, programs, and other mementos. Photographs have been removed from their original placement in the collection for preservation reasons and are stored separately under the call number PH068.

A later addendum contains personal correspondence, two diaries, two scrapbooks, and manuscript material.


  • 1915-1951


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Caroline (C.) Eleanor Spears (1876-1959) was born in Long Island, New York. She wrote in collaboration with her husband, Raymond Spears, and was very active in the suffrage movement and in the Women's Christian Temperance Union.


2.5 linear feet (4 containers, 1 folio, and 1 package)

Language of Materials



Caroline (C.) Eleanor Spears (1876-1959) was a writer, suffragist, and a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The collection consists largely of collected printed material relating to suffrage (1915-1930) and temperance, (1918-1947), and to a lesser degree socialist politics and the Christian Science religion, and also includes general correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and address books.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Physical Description

4 clamshell boxes, 1 package; Photograph materials - 1 folio.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1985; Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA