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Mazie Giustina papers

Identifier: Coll 377

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of journals, correspondence, personal writings, manuscripts, published and other printed material, financial documents, scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, artifacts, and an audio tape reel. The bulk of the collection consists of a set of daily-written journals by Mazie Giustina along with her collection of travel writings and souvenirs. Correspondence covers a variety of topics including the Giustina Brothers Lumber Company, the Republican Party, and various historical societies to which Mazie Giustina belonged. Box 36 contains restricted financial material.


  • 1872-1995


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. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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

Mazie O. Giustina (1894-1997) was born near Kelso, Washington. She married George Giustina in 1914.

Giustina attended public schools in Kelso, Washington, the YWCA Business College in Portland, Oregon, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. In 1910, she became the first telephone operator at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Kelso. She was also a partner with her husband in Giustina Brothers Lumber Company in Eugene.

Civically, she was a member of the Republican Women, the Fortnightly Club of Eugene, and Friends of the Library, and a lifetime member of many historical societies. She was the secretary for the Civic Music Association from 1945 to 1948, and was an active member of the Very Little Theatre.

She also donated funds to the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) at the University of Oregon. Her gift created an endowment that provides funding for research projects related to women in the Northwest.

[Sources: Register Guard obituary, June 1, 1997; CSWS website]


53.3 linear feet (36 containers)

Language of Materials



Mazie O. Giustina (1894-1997) was a graduate of the University of Oregon and lifelong member of numerous Oregon civic clubs and historical societies. The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, personal writings, financial documents, scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, artifacts, audio tape reels and some published material.


Material within this collection has been arranged into five series: 1. Student materials, 2. Correspondence and personal writing, 3. Association and civic engagement materials, 4. Vital documents and personal ephemera, and 5. Giustina family papers. Series 2. Correspondence and personal writing is arranged in five sub-series: 2.1. Correspondence, 1920-1990; 2.2. Journals, 1925-1991; 2.3. Planners and address books, 1942-1982; 2.4. Manuscripts, 1944-1979; 2.5. Notes and personal writing, 1943-1979. Series 3. Association and civic engagement materials is arranged in three sub-series: 3.1. Writing, music, and art societies, 1912-1995; 3.2. Republican Party and other political material, 1943-1988; 3.3. Historical societies and museums, 1959-1988. Series 4. Vital documents and personal ephemera is arranged in nine sub-series: 4.1. Vital documents, 1914-1986; 4.2. Family photographs, circa 1920s-1980s; 4.3. Artwork, 1940-1991; 4.4. Travel writing and souvenirs, 1932-1976; 4.5. Artifacts, undated; 4.6. Clippings, 1936-1985; 4.7. Collected publications, 1893-1989; 4.8. Scrapbooks, 1947-1979; 4.9. Printed material, 1940-1987. Series 5. Giustina family papers is arranged in three subseries: 5.1. George Giustina, 1913-1946; 5.2. Dorothy Irene Giustina, 1903-1980; 5.3. Extended family, 1872-1956. Materials within each series and sub-series were arranged chronologically with an attempt to maintain original order, if present. Box 36 contains restricted material.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Use copies of audio recording must be made prior to researcher use of the recordings. 48 hours advance notice is required in order to create use copies, which will then become a permanent part of the collections. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mazie Giustina, 1991.

Physical Description

25 record storage boxes, 1 manuscript box, 5 flat boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 tube.

Processing Information

Processed by Liliya Benz, 2018.

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Finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA