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Alvane Cary Seely papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 266

Scope and Contents

The collection contains diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts.

The diaries include a diary by Seely from 1883-1955, and a diary by his wife, 1900-1909. The diary by Dr. Seely is a copy, typed by the author from originals which he destroyed. Aside from recording medical work, the diary has many references to social, political, and economic affairs in Roseburg and Douglas County, and to early automobiling experiences; the doctor was an enthusiastic motor tourist from 1910.

The five scrapbooks contain clippings published from the 1890's - mid 1900's concerning family matters, events in and around Roseburg, and a few refer to Seely's travels.

The manuscripts consist of short stories, articles for medical journals, and novels by Seely. None of the novels were published; some are based on Seely's experiences in and about Roseburg


  • 1883-1955


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

Alvane Cary Seely, MD (1870-1959) was born in Carysville, Ohio, and graduated from the Medical School at the University of Cincinnati in 1893. He worked as a surgeon in the Northern Pacific Steamship Line service from 1899-1904. He then traveled to Oregon where he established a medical practice in Roseburg, Oregon that specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat maladies. He married Florence De Lacey Hall of Myrtle Creek, Oregon in 1905. The couple had a son, Hall, in 1907.


7.5 linear feet (5 containers) : 5 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Alvane Cary Seely, MD (1870-1959) was an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor in Roseburg, OR, beginning in 1905. The collection contains diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Alvane Cary Seely papers at Special Collections and University Archives include: Hall-Seely-Daly family photographs, PH253.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1966.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Alvane Cary Seely Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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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