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Clifton B. Stevens papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll 453

Scope and Contents

The correspondence contained in this collection come primarily from Stevens family and friends back in Minnesota, and friends that Stevens made during his time in Oregon and at the University. Correspondents include Jonas Weil, Lena Goldsmith, William Stevens (his brother), William B. Roberts, and George Stuart. The letter box in which his correspondence was contained has been retained.

Also included in the collection are two assignments Stevens completed while at the University of Oregon, one on the subject of the Mississippi River, and one on the "value of rain."


  • 1888-1892


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

Clifton B. Stevens was born to William and Ellen Stevens on December 5, 1874 in Brooklyn, Minnesota. When Clifton was 15, his family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he soon began attending classes at the University of Oregon. At the time, he was one of just 215 students on campus.

As a sophomore, Mr. Stevens was a contributing editor for the university newspaper, The Reflector, writing for both the Educational Topics and Exchange Notes sections. Tragically, on December 31, 1892, Clifton was killed by a shock from the electric lights on campus; he was just 18. He is buried in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery.


0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains correspondence to Clifton B. Davis, early University of Oregon student and contributing editor for the student newspaper at the time, The Reflector.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Guide to the Clifton B. Stevens papers
Complete Description
Rachel Lilley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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