Scope and Contents
The collection contains addresses (speeches), essays and letters to newspapers, manuscripts, legal documetns, newspapers, artwork and scrapbooks.
The addresses were speeches given before such groups as the Linn County Agricultural Association, Sons of the American Revolution, American Medical Association, and the Oregon Bar Association.
Manuscripts consist of George's literary work on the Columbia highway scenic route and include related correspondence.
Newspapers include five manuscript periodicals, "The Gem" (1867) and "The Golden Epoch" (1867), both published Willamette University students; "The Hesperian" (undated), published in Lebanon, Oregon; "The Review" (1869), published by the Lebanon, Oregon lodge, Good Templars; and "The Students Journal" (1867), published by students of Santiam Academy, Lebanon, Oregon.
The collection includes essays and letters written to newspapers by George, two scrapbooks, copies of photographs of the George family, and juvenilia artwork consisting of crude watercolors and drawings.
- Creation: 1867-1930
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
Melvin Clarke George (1849-1933) was born in Ohio and came to Oregon with his parents in 1851. He was educated at Santiam Academy and Willamette University. He was an Oregon state senator, 1876-1880, and U.S. Representative, 1880-1884 (Republican), and later practiced law in Portland.
2 linear feet (3 containers)
Language of Materials
Melvin Clark George (1849-1933) was an Oregon pioneer, lawyer, state senator and U.S. Representative. The collection contains addresses (speeches), essays and letters to newspapers, manuscripts, legal documents, newspapers, artwork and scrapbooks.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
1 record storage box, 2 photo boxes.
Collection processed by staff, 1995.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Genre / Form
- Columbia River Highway (Or.)
- Oregon -- Politics and government -- 1859-1950
- Oregon -- Social life and customs
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900
- Guide to the Melvin Clarke George Papers
- Complete Description
- Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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- Finding aid 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).