Special Collections/ University Archives

Manuscript Collections

Ashland Creamery records / MSS-012 / .2 linear ft.
This collection contains miscellanea from the Ashland Creamery Company dating from 1896, including the Company’s Articles of Incorporation, 16 stock certificates listing shares, and two photographs. Ashland Creamery records Finding Aid.

Ashland Independent Film Festival records / MSS-029 / 8.5 linear ft.
The AIFF archival records contain programs, advertisements, merchandise, posters, and DVDs, beginning with the 2001 AIFF founding. Nationally acclaimed, the AIFF reaches 10,000 patrons annually through year-round programming and a five-day festival. Ashland Independent Film Festival records.

Kay Atwood Papers / MSS-025 / 26 linear ft. + oversize
Research material donated by local historian and author Kay Atwood includes publications, notes and maps related to her books and articles about the settlement and development of communities in Southern Oregon. Kay Atwood Papers Finding Aid.

Kay Atwood SOU Oral History Collection / MSS-004 / 1 linear ft.
During 1978-1980, prominent local historian Kay Atwood interviewed faculty of Southern Oregon State College (SOSC). The two-hour interviews covered education, post-graduate experience, background and personal life, and their views on SOSC. Kay Atwood Oral History Collection Finding Aid.

Peter Britt photographs / MSS-003 / 4 linear ft.
The Britt Collection contains 2,067 prints made from the glass plates negatives. The photographs were taken by Peter and Emil Britt in their Jacksonville Studio between the 1860s and 1940. Peter Britt Photograph Finding Aid.

Dorothea Hatch Broadside Collection / MSS-030 / 1.5 linear ft.
A collection of broadsides by artist such as Collen Browning, Walter De La Mare, Honore Daumier, and many more. Published by Stone House Press and Le Charivie newspapers. Includes articles, biographies, and prints. Dorothea Hatch Broadside Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Adrienne Lee Ferté Memorial Collection / PN6131 .F47x / .75 linear ft.
Collection of correspondence between Thomas Ferté and regional poets and authors and related miscellanea. Note: Also in Special Collections are over 1,000 volumes of poetry in the Ferté Collection, including many signed first editions and chapbooks. Adrienne Lee Ferté Memorial Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Edward Hungerford papers / MSS-007 / .2 linear ft.
Translations, typescripts of poetic dramas, and correspondence between SOU Professor Emeritus of English Edward Hungerford and Greek author and poet Theodore Stephanides. Edward Hungerford papers.

Jackson County Abstract Company Records / MSS-014 / 1.1 linear ft.
Company records include Jackson County Abstract Company abstracts of title and patent documents for properties and donation land claim entries and patents from the 1850s through the 1940s. Jackson County Abstract Company Records Finding Aid.

Arnold Paul Jenny Collection / MSS-015 / 2 linear ft.
The Jenny papers and photographs include correspondence with the offices of the Kennedy family and the office of Thomas Mann, and an extensive international postcard collection from Jenny's time as director of the YMCA's World Y Tours. Arnold Paul Jenny Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Jeffrey M. LaLande Papers / MSS-027 / 2 linear ft.
Correspondence, research materials, and publications of the author of First over the Siskiyous, the definitive biography of Peter Skene Ogden. Longtime Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest historian and archaeologist, LaLande’s research interests include Native peoples, environmental histories, Chinese gold miners, and sociopolitical movements.  Jeffrey M. LaLande Papers.

Jeff M. LaLande regional politics and culture collection / MSS-006 / 2.5 linear ft.
Historian Jeff LaLande gathered these materials relating to southwestern Oregon’s recent political and cultural history, including extremist movements of the region. The collection is divided into nine boxes by topic. Jeff M. LaLande regional politics and culture collection.

Lincoln School Collection / MSS-005 / 1.5 linear ft.
This collection consists of newspapers dating from 7/23/1931 to 7/14/1938, school catalogs, and a poetry collection relating to the Southern Oregon College of Education's Lincoln Training School. Lincoln School Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Douglas D. Martin papers / MSS-002 / 7 linear ft.
Douglas Dale Martin (1943-2000) was a historian, teacher, and scholar with research interests in the American frontier, environmental history, and Indian-White relations. In 2002, Hannon received Dr. Martin’s books and papers. This collection consists of ten boxes of research materials, including those related to Martin’s reports of Fort Peck and Fort Berthold (Montana) reservation histories prepared in the 1970s in connection with cases brought before the U.S. Court of Claims. Douglas D. Martin papers Finding Aid.

Joaquin Miller Collection / PS2397 .C65 / .2 linear ft.
Collection of brief note and panel of envelope addressed by Joaquin Miller, postcards of Miller homes and haunts, and miscellanea. See library catalog for collection description. Note:  Also in Special Collections are fifty books by and about Miller, including many first editions.

Anthony Netboy Collection / MSS-016 / 3 linear ft.
Anthony Netboy was a natural resources writer and salmon authority. The collection includes his book manuscripts, articles, research notes, correspondence, and other papers, as well as a bibliography of his works compiled by Netboy and SOU librarian Harold Otness. Netboy Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Lewis Osborne Press Collection / MSS-021 / 8 linear ft.
Lewis Osborne devoted his career to designing, printing, and publishing beautiful and award winning books. This collection consists of his printing ephemera, miscellaneous papers, and bibliography. Hannon Library has a complete collection of the fifty-two titles produced by Lewis Osborne. Lewis Osborne Press Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Helen Redbird-Smith papers / MSS-001 / 12 linear ft.
Dr. Redbird-Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Professor Emeritus of Education at Western Oregon University, graduated from SOU in 1951. This collection consists of manuscripts, documents, sound recordings and miscellanea relating primarily to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, secondarily to the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation of Toppenish, Washington, and miscellaneous materials relating to other Indian nations. Helen Redbird-Smith papers.

Susan J. Reid Collection / MSS-017 / .5 linear ft.
Susan Reid of Ashland compiled historical and contemporary photographs and poetry in connection with her 1988 master’s thesis, “Pear Packing: A Season of Women’s Work,” which examines the historic role of women in the Rogue Valley pear industry and the importance of women’s work in the regional economy. Susan J. Reid Collection Finding Aid (MSWord).

Rogue River National Forest records / MSS-019 / 4.5 linear ft.
Jeff LaLande, Forest Historian and Archaeologist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, gave copies of 150 documents from the Historical Records Collection of the Rogue River National Forest (RRNF-HRC) to Hannon Library. This collection is a subset of the complete RRNF-HRC, consisting of the most historically significant materials. The original versions of items in the RRNF-HRC were transferred, in their entirety, to the National Archives and Records Administration regional facility in Seattle in 2007. The collection also contains digital copies of the over 3,000 images in the RRNF-HRC, many of which can be viewed in the Southern Oregon Digital Archive's Rogue River National Forest Historic Images Collection. Rogue River National Forest records.

Rogue Valley Women's History Project records / MSS-028 / 3 linear ft.
Records from 1984-2002 relating to the Ashland chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Rogue Valley Women’s History Project. The files record meetings, officers and members, fundraising activities, and annual Women’s History Month programs. Rogue Valley Women's History Project record.

Francis G. Swedenburg papers / MSS-011 / 1.25 linear ft.
Dr. Francis Swedenburg began his medical career in 1907 at the Ashland Sanitarium, later establishing his own hospital. His former home at the corner of Siskiyou and Mountain on the SOU campus is an Ashland landmark. This collection contains 34 handwritten journals spanning 1890-1937, a doctor’s call book, a record book, family photographs, clippings, and documents. Francis G. Swedenburg papers Finding Aid.