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Sheba May Hargreaves papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 194

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts of books and feature articles, correspondence, and pamphlets.

The manuscripts series consists of book and article length pieces, arranged alphabetically by title. The longer manuscripts include drafts of her published novels and an Oregon history compilation, The Oregon Source Book, which was apparently never published. The shorter manuscripts include fiction and non-fiction pieces with subjects that include pioneer living, medicinal herbs, mysticism and William S. U'ren, her uncle.

Correspondence is arranged chronologically and is primarily business oriented.

Pamphlets written by Hargreaves deal with the subject of cremation and are designed to promote the practice.


  • 1924-1960

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

Sheba Hargreaves (1882-1960) was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on November 5, 1882. She was a graduate of the Oregon State Normal School in Monmouth, Oregon, now Western Oregon University. Her initial profession was of an elementary school teacher in both Oregon and California, however eventually she became an author, writing advertising publications and pamphlets, served as a feature writer for publications like the Oregon Journal and the Oregonion, and wrote historical fiction novels.


2.5 linear feet (5 containers) : 5 flat clamshell boxes

Language of Materials



Sheba Hargreaves (1882-1960) was an elementary teacher and author. The collection consists of manuscripts of books and feature articles, correspondence, and pamphlets.


The collection is organized into the following series: correspondence, manuscripts, manuscripts by others, published pamphlets on cremation written by Hargreaves.

All manuscripts are ordered alphabetically within the subcategories of book length manuscripts and article length manuscripts. Pamphlets are loosely arranged in alphabetical order and include additional categories like publisher critiques and publishing contracts.

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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Peter Backes, 1989.

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. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the Sheba May Hargreaves Papers
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby. Revisions by Alexandra Mueller.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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