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Happy Women’s Equality Day!

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon champion of suffrage

Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915)

On this day in 1920, women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified.

Rediscover the movement through the Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) papers, who was the leading suffragist for Oregon women’s voting rights. Duniway moved to Oregon from Illinois in 1852 with her family on the Oregon Trail and kept a detailed journal of their travels; the diary has been digitized and can be viewed here. Duniway was later a key leader of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and she aided the national effort. This expansive collection contains her correspondence, published and unpublished literary works, documents pertaining to the suffrage movement, and a considerable amount of newspaper clippings reporting on Duniway’s political and social work. The guide to the collection can be found here.

In addition, we have various other women’s political and social activists collections which are detailed in this subject guide. Manuscripts Curator, Linda Long, has highlighted these collections in the article, “Equality, Politics, and Separatism: The Papers of Oregon Feminists in the University of Oregon Libraries,” published by the Oregon Historical Society.

Oregon Trail Diaries: Journeys to the Northwest

Monday, November 12th, 2012

During this fall term, students in Professor Marsha Weisiger’s HIST 466 course, The American West, were assigned to read original diaries documenting journeys to the Pacific Northwest in the nineteenth century, housed in Special Collections and University Archives.

Special Collections and University Archives is the repository for over 100 overland trail journals and several sea journeys to the Pacific Northwest, many of which are original documents. Professor Weisiger’s students are to read three journals and compare their differences and similarities among the three experiences, with particular focus on issues such as class, race, gender, and ethnicity.

The diaries documenting journeys to the Pacific Northwest (the Oregon Trail is the predominate route represented among the diaries) are described in the Special Collections and University Archives’ subject guides here.

To the left is the first page of Abigail Scott Duniway’s diary written in 1852 to document her family’s migration over the Oregon Trail (Abigail Scott Duniway Papers, Coll. 232B). The finding aid to the Duniway Papers can be found here and the fully digitized diary can be found here.

Linda Long
Manuscripts Librarian