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Mazamas records

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [Coll 403] 1
Identifier: Coll 403

Scope and Contents

The collection (1894-1916) contains photographs of hikes up the Three Sisters, correspondence, and printed Mazama material.

Material in this collection is organized by accession and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)

Accesssion 90.61.M: contains a hand bound photograph album of a hike up the Three Sisters in August of 1916, that includes typed narrative text, and black and white prints of the Three Sisters, of hiking camps, and pictures taken along the trail.

Also included is a handwritten account of a climb up the Three Sisters which may or may not have been the same outing. The account is titled, "Chapter IV, Climbing the Three Sisters," and so this may be a manuscript of a much larger work. With this account are small black and white prints and postcards of mountains, individual and groups of hikers, and also a group of hikers posed at Camp Riley. The handwritten text and the photographs are undated.

Accession 88.25.M: consists of correspondence and printed material, 1894-1923. Incoming and outgoing letters are intermixed, and are written to and from Prince Lucien Campbell (President of the University of Oregon) and Mazama members. There is also printed material by the Mazamas regarding a banquet in 1894, a poem booklet titled, "The Cliff Climbers," brochures about Mount Hood Lodge, and accounts of annual outings in 1901 and 1917.

Accession Up 288: consists of correspondence and announcements (1903-1907) between Mazamas members, and letters between Mazamas and Prince Lucien Campbell (President of the University of Oregon), and also a group of correspondence between President Cammpbell, the Mazamas, and W. G. Steel regarding Crater Lake.


  • 1894-1916


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

"The Mazamas were established July 19, 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood. [The] mission: The Mazamas promotes mountaineering through education, climbing, hiking, fellowship, safety, and the protection of mountain environments. To support this mission, [they] offer over 350 climbs and 900 hikes annually, and sponsor conservation and research to protect and better understand the mountain environment."

The three goals of the Mazamas are: Actively advocate for the protection and management of natural areas to preserve, restore, and enhance healthy ecosystems; Educate our members so they can actively advocate for conservation issues; and become carbon neutral.

[Source: Mazamas website.]

1894 - Founded July 19th on Mt. Hood with 105 charter members 1895 - Lobbied for preservation of Cascade Range Forest Reserve 1896 - First outing to Crater Lake (naming of Mt. Mazama) 1897 - First outing to Mount Rainier 1903 - First Three Sisters outing 1907 - Seattle contingent splits off to form the Mountineers 1909 - Recommended establishment of “Mt. Baker National Park” 1912 - Local Walks started; Bulletin first published 1923 - First mountain lodge at Rhodendron below Laurel Hill 1926 - Yearly ‘official’ climbs increased to more than one or two 1931 - High mountain lodge constructed east of Government Camp 1931 - Initiated FWOC (see FWOC website) 1932 - Mt. Hood ‘acquaintance climbs’ begun 1935 - Climbing Committee established (was part of Local Walks) 1939 - Three year, rotating terms established for Executive Council 1944 - Mazamas celebrate 50th anniversary 1950 - Basic Climbing Education Program started 1952 - Policy of more climbs, smaller parties begun 1954 - Conservation Committee formally established 1955 - First effort to purchase a building for the Mazama offices and library 1959 - Mazama Lodge at Government Camp burns down 1960 - New lodge replaces old at a cost of $63,000 1964 - Lodge rope-tow and ski carnival attract new members


0.075 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 folders

Language of Materials



The Mazamas mountaineering and conservation club was established on July 19, 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood; the group works to promote mountaineering and advocates for the protection and management of natural areas. The collection (1894-1916) contains photographs of hikes up the Three Sisters, correspondence, and printed Mazama material.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession Up 288 was donated by Ruth E. Bell from the estate of Eyla Lauene (Walker) Wooldridge, UO class of 1917.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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 to no organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents

Guide to the Mazamas Records
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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