Allen H. Eaton letters to Mabel Eaton McClain
Scope and Contents
The collection primarily includes outgoing personal correspondence sent from Allen H. Eaton to his cousin, Mabel E. McClain (1881-1969) of Eugene, Oregon. There are also letters addressed to Mabel’s husband, Marion F. McClain (1880-1950), a faculty member of the University of Oregon Department of History. The subject matter of Eaton’s letters include annual family Christmas letters, Eugene real estate, activities of the American Trail Association, travel, and collecting.
Conditions Governing Access note
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 note
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
Allen Hendershott Eaton (1878-1962) was an advocate, author, curator, and historian of American craft. He was a graduate of the University of Oregon in 1902 and later joined the faculty of the University of Oregon and served as a member of the Oregon Legislature. Public belief in Eaton holding pro-German sentiments notably caused him to be politically ousted from both of these roles in Oregon in 1918, after which he moved to New York City. Eaton spent most of his career as a scholar and champion of the American Craft Revival movement, and he published a seminal work on the movement in 1937, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands.
0.25 linear feet (1 container) : 1 half manuscript box
Language of Materials
Allen H. Eaton (1878-1962) was an advocate, author, curator, and art historian of American craft. The collection includes personal letters sent to his cousin, Mabel E. McClain of Eugene, Oregon.
The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Elizabeth D. Eaton, 1965.
Processing Information note
Collection is processed.
- Guide to the Allen H. Eaton letters to Mabel Eaton McClain
- Complete Description
- Alexa Goff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.