About the Exhibit
Three views of the University of Oregon campus as it would have
looked when Haycox was a student in the early 1920s. University
of Oregon Archives (120K, 211K, 123K)
Brochure issued by the School of Journalism, January 1921. University
of Oregon Archives (178K)
Although he always aspired to be a writer of creative fiction,
Haycox majored in journalism for practical purposes. One of his
first jobs upon graduation was as a night editor for the Portland
Oregonian, a job he held for nine months until he moved to
New York in 1924 to begin full-time magazine writing.
W.F.G. Thacher, professor of English and journalism at the University
of Oregon, ca. 1920. University of Oregon Archives (134K)
Thacher was Haycox's most influential teacher who provided Haycox
with practical instruction in magazine publishing and helped him
place his first stories. They remained close friends until
Haycox's death in 1950.
Lemon Punch, issues for November 1921 and May 1922. University
of Oregon Archives (516K, 547K)
Haycox was the editorial director of the University humor magazine,
Lemon Punch. Haycox was also on the staff of the student
newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald, and in his senior year
was the first editor of the Sunday Emerald.
Haycox in 1924 with Charles Alexander, another writer of Western
fiction, at the Delta House. Ernest Haycox Papers, Coll. 164
A sampling of the rejection slips Haycox received while he was attempting
to publish his first stories. Later he ceremoniously gave them to
his teacher W.F.G. Thacher saying, "Let the collection grow. Let
it be the proud boast of Oregon writers that they have actual, bona
fide, written rejections from every magazine in America...once having
broken through and disposed of a yarn for cash monies, they can
brag to the ceiling of the world about their early disappointments."
Ernest Haycox Papers, Coll. 164