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Bean and Condon Family papers

Identifier: Coll 154

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1872-1975


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

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.


3.5 linear feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials



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.


Collection is organized into the following series: Series I: Robert Sharp Bean (1880-1975)Series II: Thomas Condon (1872-1909)Series III: Photographs

Other Finding Aids

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

Related Materials

Special Collections & University Archives holds separated collections of both Robert Sharp Bean Papers, Ax 008 and Thomas Condon Papers, A 022.

Separated Materials

A box of geological samples and a compass belonging to Thomas Condon have been transferred to the University's Museum of Natural History.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mary Anteaux and Megan Dazey.

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

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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA