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Literary and political autograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [Coll 390] 1
Identifier: Coll 390

Scope and Contents

It is not known who collected the letters in this collection; it was assumed they were collected for the purpose of creating a collection of famous autographs.

The collection contains handwritten and typed letters, and a few papers with just autographs.

There are autographs from:

Upton Sinclair, John P Marquand, Rebecca Biddle Wood, Bob Davis, Wendell Phillips, Herbert Hoover, S. L. Clemens, Alice Cary, Judge Learned Hand, Adlai S, Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Douglas MacArthur, George (G. C.) Marshall, Hal G. Evarts, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mary Ellen (?), Edna Ferber, Hugo L. Black, John J. Pershing, Thomas Jefferson Jackson See, John Tallmadge Bergen, Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, Eva Supusoll (?) Wakefield, John Haynes Holmes, and Booker T. Washington.

Pinned to a letter from John Tallmadge Bergen is a piece of cloth with the words written on it, "Lt. Q. Roosevelt fell with this to his death." The cloth had been clipped from the remnants of the wings of Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt's plane.


  • 1864-1963


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.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



This collection (1864-1963) contains letters and autographs from famous literary and political persons including Upton Sinclair, Douglas MacArthur, George (G. C.) Marshall, John J. Pershing, and Booker T. Washington.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet.

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.

Guide to the Literary and political autograph collection
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Tanya Parlet
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is 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