Guide to the Letha Evangeline Ward Wakeman Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wakeman, Letha Evangeline Ward
Title: Letha Evangeline Ward Wakeman papers
Dates: 1908-1974 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 8.0 linear feet (14 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 795
Summary: Letha Evangeline Ward Wakeman was a missionary in Africa. The collection comprises personal diaries, correspondence and material relating to Wakeman's involvement with missionary work in the Congo during the mid-twentieth century. The material related to the Congo, in addition to correspondence, includes missionary publications. The collection also contains biographical material on Wakeman and her husband, who received correspondence from the Oregon State Hospital.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Letha Evangeline Ward Wakeman was born in 1898 in Alton, Illinois. She was the daughter of Thomas and Effie Ward, missionaries to Lagos. Wakeman was educated at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She married Andrew Vergil Wakeman, Baptist missionary to the Congo, where they lived from 1922-1926. They returned to the United States when Andrew contracted filariasis. His condition worsened and he spent much of his later life institutionalized. Letha Wakeman became active in the Oregon Migrant Ministry, especially the Migratory Mission, known as Eola Village, in Yamhill County. She became director of the Gleaners Chapel and was named Oregon Mother of the Year in 1973. Wakeman died in 1974.

Content Description

The collection comprises Letha Wakeman's diaries, 1921-1930, 1942-1943, 1956-1961, and her personal correspondence, 1934-1974. Correspondents include Gilbert Gordon, 1943-1965, missionary teacher at Cameroon Protestant College, Bali; F. Richard Schneider, 1959-1972, director of Eola Village, director of social services, Winnebago Children's Home, Neillsville, Wisconsin, and regional welfare representative, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bethel, Alaska. There is a file of missionary letters from the Congo, 1932-1974, and a miscellany of Congo mission publications. Family letters are from the Wakeman children and Andrew V. Wakeman, whose letters from the Oregon State Hospital are of clinical interest. There is one letter from Effie Ward, written from Lagos in 1908, and a memoir by her, written years later. Included in the collection is a file of the records of the Oregon Migrant Ministry, which include items from Eola Village, Gleaners Chapel, and the Yamhill County Migrant Committee, 1955-1974. Miscellaneous files include a biography, in manuscript, of Letha Wakeman, by Colena M. Anderson. The correspondence is arranged by sender in rough chronological order.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

Available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 61-72); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Letha Evangeline Ward Wakeman Papers, Ax 795, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Letha Wakeman Diaries; Series II. Correspondence; Series III. Miscellaneous.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Letha Wakeman Diaries, 1921-1974
1 1 1921-1926
1 1 1957
1 1 1961
1 1 United States Passport
1 1 1956
1 1 1943
1 1 1942
1 1 1964
1 1 1927-1963
1 1 1958
1 1 1959
1 1 1974
1 1 1973

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Series II:  Correspondence
1 2 Wakeman, Letha 1934-1949
1 3 Wakeman, Letha 1950-1964
1 4 Wakeman, Letha 1965-1967
1 5 Wakeman, Letha 1968-1970
1 6 Wakeman, Letha 1971-1974
1 7 Gordon, Gilbert E. 1943-1961
1 8 Gordon, Gilbert E. 1962-1965
1 9 Jones, Helen 1934-1961
1 10 Jones, Helen 1962-1974
1 11 Schneider, F. Richard
1 12 Schneider, F. Richard
1 13 Wakeman, Andrew V. 1934-1967
1 14 Wakeman, Bruce 1944-1955
1 15 Wakeman, Bruce 1955-1972
1 16 Wakeman, Joyce 1949-1973
1 17 Wakeman, Lydia 1944-1973
1 18 Five Year Diary of Virginia Wakeman Shepherd 1946-1949
1 19 Wakeman, Virginia 1944-1949
1 20 Wakeman, Virginia 1950-1956
1 21 Wakeman, Virginia 1961-1974
1 22 Miscellaneous Correspondence A-B
1 23 Miscellaneous Correspondence C-D
2 1 Miscellaneous Correspondence E-G
2 2 Miscellaneous Correspondence H-K
2 3 Miscellaneous Correspondence L-N
2 4 Miscellaneous Correspondence O-R
2 5 Miscellaneous Correspondence S-T
2 6 Miscellaneous Correspondence U-Z
2 7 Congo Correspondence A-J 1937-1973
2 8 Congo correspondence 1932-1972

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Series III:  Miscellaneous Materials
2 9 Missionary Publications
The CPC Newsletter
The Voice of CPC
Congo Mission News
This is Africa
Developing Africa's Riches in Charts
Mabunda's Story
2 10 Missionary Publications
Congo News Letter
"Going Somewhere" by: Amy Josephine Compere
The Pentecost on the Congo
Where Humble Hearts Receive Him
2 11 Eola
2 12 Concerning Workers in the Chapel
2 13 Eola Village-Clippings
2 14 Oregon Committee on Migrant Affairs
2 15 Eola Evangelical Church Board Meeting-Minutes
2 16 Eola Village Miscellaneous Printed Forms, Publicity Handbooks
2 17 Eola Village News Sheet 1955-1960
2 18 Eola Village Studies-F. Richard Schneider
2 19 Eola Crafts Class
2 20 Gleaner's Chapel Constitution
2 21 Gleaner's Chapel News 1966-1974
2 22 Gleaner's Chapel
2 23 Gleaner's Chapel
2 24 Yamhill County Housing Authority Meetings 1956-1957
2 25 Yamhill County Migrant Executive Committee records
2 26 Valley Migrant League Reports
2 27 Yamhill County Migrant Committee
2 28 Wakeman, Letha-Biographical
2 29 Photographs, Clippings
2 30 "Arch of Faith" (Biography of Letha Wakeman by Colena Anderson)
2 31 "Arch of Faith" (reproduced)
2 32 Wakeman, Letha Mother of the Year Miscellaneous
2 33 Wakeman, Andrew V. Autobiographical Information
2 34 Wakeman, Andrew V. Guardianship
2 35 Ward, Effie: Diary, letters 1908-1916

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  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, Colena M.
  • Wakeman, Andrew V.
  • Wakeman, Letha Evangeline Ward, 1898-1974--Archives
  • Ward, Effie
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Migrant Ministry--Records and correspondence
  • Oregon State Hospital
  • Family Names :
  • Wakeman family--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Baptists--Missions--Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Migrant labor--Oregon--Yamhill County
  • Missionaries--Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Missions--Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Women missionaries--Oregon--Yamhill County
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries

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