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Edith A. Hensolt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 588

Scope and Contents

There are six volumes of diaries that contains almost daily entries. The date ranges are as follows: 1912-1916; 1917-1921; 1922-1933; 1935-1944; 1945-1949; and 1950-1954.

Correspondence files include personal letters (1896-1999) Hensolt wrote to her parents while she was a student in Illinois. There is also correspondence sent during 1900-1906 while she was a student in Ohio, and at Vassar. There are additional folders of correspondence written by Hensolt, to her parents, through 1933.

Folders that are labeled "Vignettes" contain recollections of travels Hensolt went on with her family, and at other times by herself, during the 1800's to Honolulu, Japan, China, and Mill Valley California shortly after the San Francisco earthquake.

The collection also contains photograph albums of trips to Japan (1880s), Vassar College (1906), photos of Granville, Ohio and Northpoint, M (?) (1901), and photos of Chicago University (1910).


  • Creation: 1896-1954


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

Edith Ashmore (Hensolt) (1882-1975) was born in China to Baptist missionaries, William, Jr. and Lida Scott. She and her brother Frank moved to the United States in 1895, where they were raised in a home for missionary children in Morgan Park, Illinois, outside Chicago.

Ashmore graduated from Vassar College in 1906, and later worked at the University of Chicago library. She married Charles Elder on August 10, 1916. They had two children, Rachel and Philip, and moved to Boulder, Colorado. Charles died May 22, 1935. Edith then relocated to Albany, Oregon, and later married Fred Hensolt.

Edith Hensolt was the primary person who gathered her family's papers together, and that collection was also donated to the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives, and is known as the Ashmore family papers, Ax 564. This collection of Edith Hensolt's personal papers is separate from her family's papers.

[Source: Finding aid to the Ashmore family papers, Ax 564. Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries]


3 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Edith Ashmore (Hensolt) (1882-1975) was born in China to Baptist missionaries, and she later graduated from Vassar, became a librarian, and traveled widely. The collection (1896-1999) contains diaries, extensive personal correspondence, recollections and photographs of travel to Hawaii, Japan, China, and California.

Physical Description

2 record storage boxes.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1960s, and 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 organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Edith A. Hensolt Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA