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Jeanne Tellier Leeson papers

Identifier: Coll 452

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection were collected by Jeanne Tellier Leeson in the course of her research on author Lambert Florin, and include: correspondence (some from Florin); newsclippings about Florin (some of which are written by Leeson); photos and negatives of some of the sites about which Florin wrote (homes in Helena, Montana, ghost towns, etc.); ephemera (pamphlets and book catalogs containing Florin's work); and Leeson's notes and writings (book reviews, newspaper articles, etc).


  • 1966-1985


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

Jeanne Tellier was born in 1913 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Herbert and Emma Tellier. She received a Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition from the University of Minnesota. By 1940, at the age of 26, she was living on her own in Helena, Montana and working as an advertiser for the Eddy Bakery Company. While living in Helena she met, Del Leeson, who was working there as a newspaper editor; they were married in Silver Bow, Montana in 1942. After World War II, the couple moved to Salt Lake City, where Jeanne taught home economics at the University of Utah, and hosted a local radio show and children's television show. In 1961, Jeanne and Del moved to Beaverton, Oregon. Jeanne attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, graduating with a Master's degree in Education. She went on to teach English, reading, and writing at West Sylvan Middle School until her retirement in 1976.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Leeson worked as a freelance writer, publishing pieces with the Oregonian, the Beaverton Valley Times, and the Oregon Journal. She died June 4, 2006 in Beaverton, Oregon.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Collection contains materials collected by Jeanne Tellier Leeson, author and teacher, in the course of her research on author Lambert Florin, and include correspondence, newsclippings, photos and negatives, ephemera, and writings.


Collection is organized into the following series: correspondence, newsclippings, ephemera, writings, and photographs.

Guide to the Jeanne Tellier Leeson Papers
Preliminary Description
Rachel Lilley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
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