Guide to the Women's Christian Temperance Union, Gardiner, Oregon Branch, Treasurer's Book

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Women's Christian Temperance Union, Gardiner, Or.
Title: Women's Christian Temperance Union, Gardiner, Oregon branch treasurer's book
Dates: 1889-1910 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.025 linear feet (1 volume box)
Collection Number: B 094
Summary: The first Oregon branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union was formed in 1881, and by 1891 there were eighty-three branches in Oregon. The collection (1889-1910) contains a treasurer's book of the Gardiner, Oregon branch.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

"The temperance movement migrated to the Pacific Northwest around the 1870s. In 1874, the “Great Crusade” came west, and Portland women formed the Women’s Temperance Prayer League. Portland women prayed and sang, in spite of insults, attacks, and even arrest. Despite their enthusiasm, that initial temperance movement ended in July.

However, the Oregon temperance movement was reborn in 1880 as the local branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. In 1881, the first local group was formed in Portland, and in 1883, the Oregon State WCTU was officially created when Frances Willard arrived in Portland to organize it.

There were thirty-two Unions in Oregon by 1886, and eighty-three by 1891. Membership reached approximately two thousand members, and the Portland area had six chapters."

[Source: Women City Builders. Honoring Women's Civic Contributions to Portland. website]

Content Description

The treasurer's book contains payment and expenditures listed by date. The book also includes a list of members.

Use of the Collection

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.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Women's Christian Temperance Union, Gardiner, Oregon branch treasurer's book, B 094, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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 to no organization and rehousing.

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


  • Corporate Names :
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union, Gardiner, Or.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Temperance--United States
  • Women--Oregon--Societies and clubs
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Account books

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