Guide to the Kate Stevens Bates Papers
1860-1941

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bates, Kate Stevens, 1852-1941
Title: Kate Stevens Bates papers
Dates: 1860-1941 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 202
Summary: Kate Stevens Bates was an author. The collection includes her correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, account books, and scrapbooks. The diaries span from 1880 to 1936. Her diary entries are not regular; often several weeks pass between entries. The correspondence spans from 1878 to 1934 and concerns family matters, business, and social news.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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

Kate Stevens Bates lived from 1852 to 1941. She grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and Dorchester, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, governor of the Washington Territory from 1853 to 1857. She was married to Edward Wingard Bingham in 1886. After her first marriage, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where her husband had a home and a mother. E. W. Bingham and his brother John invented an improved horseshoe, and went to Boston and New York to promote it. They founded the Bingham Sectional Horseshoe Company. Kate Bingham accompanied her husband, and lived in Dorchester and New York from 1887-1888. The horseshoe business failed, so the couple returned to Portland, Oregon in 1888, where Mr. Bingham practiced law. His most famous case was the Terwilliger will case. He also was involved in ballot reform. Mrs. Bingham was a member of the Unitarian Society in Portland, prominent socially, and an amateur writer for newspapers and magazines. The diaries refer to such prominent Portlanders as the Strongs, Eliots, Deadys, Catlins, Griswolds, Failings, and McArthurs. At various times she and her husband visited Bingham Springs in Eastern Oregon and she visited friends in Olympia, Washington. Both places are fully described in her diaries. Mr. Bingham died in 1904, and in 1913 she married James H. S. Bates. After her second marriage, Mrs. Bates lived for a time in Massachusetts and after 1918 at Cloverfield Farms, near Olympia, Washington.

Content Description

The Kate Stevens Bates papers include correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, and miscellaneous papers. Correspondence concerns family matters, business matters, and social news. Correspondence includes letters to Edward W. Bingham (1886-1904), Hazard Stevens (1878-1916), Mrs. Isaac I. Stevens (1878-1913), and Maud Stevens (1912-1927) and letters from James H. Bates (1912- 1927), Edward W. Bingham (1885-1903), Helen Eskridge (1916-1940), Richard Eskridge (1916-1940), Edmond S. Meany (1902-1934), Hazard Stevens (1886-1918), Mrs. Issac I. Stevens (1888-1913) and others. Diaries of Kate Stevens (Bingham-Bates) are included for 1880-1881, 1885-1902, 1913-1915, 1918, 1920-1922, 1924-1932, 1935-1936. Her diary entries are not regular. Manuscripts include travel and historical articles (1883-1930) by Kate S. Bates. Miscellaneous papers include a scrapbook of E. W. Bingham containing publications of and articles about the Ballot Reform League of Oregon (1890-1892), and account books.

Use of the Collection

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 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], Kate Stevens Bates Papers, Ax 202, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Diaries; Series III. Manuscripts; Series IV. Miscellaneous Papers.

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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 List of correspondence
Subseries A: Letters received
Box
Folder
1 2 E. W. Baker (Mr. and Mrs.) 1926-1927
1 3 Dorcas Baker 1911-1925
1 4 Anna K. Barry 1918-1936
1 5 Laura Bartlett 1918-1922
1 6 Alice S. Bates 1920-1946
1 7 Annie A. Bates 1918-1928
1 8 Charles Bates 1923-1945
1 9 James H. Bates January 1912-August 1912
1 10 James H. Bates September 1912-December 1912
1 11 James H. Bates 1913
1 12 James H. Bates 1914
1 13 James H. Bates 1915-1920
1 14 James H. Bates 1921-1924
1 15 James H. Bates 1924-1927
1 16 M. L. Bates 1913-1925
1 17 Robert F. Bell 1902
1 18 Anna M. Bellamy 1918-1921
1 19 E. W. Bingham 1887-1888
1 20 E. W. Bingham 1889-1901
1 21 E. W. Bingham 1885-1886
1 22 E. W. Bingham 1889-1901
1 23 Emma Bingham 1900
1 24 John Bingham 1885-1903
1 25 Mrs. R. A. Bingham 1886-1901
1 26 Mrs. R. A. Bingham 1885-1901
1 27 Hazard Stevens 1904-1913
1 28 John Bingham 1903-1905
1 29 Mrs. Edmund Bowden 1935-1936
1 30 Edward E. Britton 1919-1923
1 31 Mrs. S. J. Burrage 1908-1915
1 32 D. A. R. 1907-1935
1 33 Eva E. Dye 1900-1913
1 34 Chester Eells 1908-1920
1 35 Daphne Eells 1916-1919
1 36 Henrietta R. Eliot 1907-1936
1 37 T. L. Eliot 1901-1928
1 38 W. G. Eliot 1915-1936
1 39 Ella Eskridge 1926-1936
1 40 Hazard Eskridge 1926-1928
1 41 Helen Eskridge 1916-1940
1 42 Lydia Eskridge 1917-1927
1 43 Richard Eskridge 1905 1916-1919
1 44 Richard Eskridge 1920-1923
1 45 Richard Eskridge 1924-1940
1 46 Sue Eskridge 1915 1920
1 47 Oliver Eskridge 1918-1926
1 48 Virginia Eskridge 1913-1936
1 49 L. B. Faulkner 1914-1939
1 50 Sue Stevens Eskridge 1885 1913-1924
1 51 Daniel Hazard 1921-1939
1 52 Peyton Hazard 1910-1936
2 1 T. G. Hazard, Jr. 1913-1921
2 2 George Himes 1918-1923
2 3 Ella Holly 1936
2 4 James B. Howe 1919
2 5 John Kollock to Hazard Stevens 1916
2 6 Eliza Leary 1918-1927
2 7 Robert W. Maynard 1920 1935 1936
2 8 Edmond S. Meany 1902-1934
2 9 Miscellaneous to James H. S. Bates 1913-1944
2 10 Miscellaneous to Ed Bingham 1888-1903
2 11 Miscellaneous A-L
2 12 Miscellaneous M-Z
2 13 Miscellaneous to Richard Eskridge 1917-1948
2 14 New England Trust Company 1918-1936
2 15 Fanny O'Brian 1915-1919
2 16 Mary O'Neil 1918 1927-1928
2 17 Emily Lindsey Ross 1919-1920
2 18 Lottie Roeder Roth 1926-1928
2 19 Charles McK. Saltzman 1916 1924
2 20 Charles E. Saltzman 1914-1919 1926
2 21 Mary Eskridge Saltzman 1886 1912 1917-1928 1936
2 22 Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican 1908-1913
2 23 Mrs. Harriet L. Stevens 1900-1928
2 24 Hazard Stevens to James H. S. Bates 1916-1918
2 25 Hazard Stevens 1886-1903
2 26 Hazard Stevens 1914-1915
2 27 Hazard Stevens 1916-1918
2 28 Hazard Stevens to Ed Bingham
2 29 Mrs. I. I. Stevens 1888-1913
2 30 Mrs. I. I. Stevens to Ed Bingham 1880s
2 31 Maude Lyman Stevens 1920-1936
2 32 Maude Lyman Stevens 1886-1905
2 33 Minna Stevens 1928
2 34 Alice H. Strong 1918 1927-1928 1935
2 35 Preston M. Troy 1918-1919
2 36 University of Washington Library 1928-1936
2 37 Washington Historical Society 1918-1925
2 38 S. C. Wingard to Ed Bingham 1876 1890 1897 1900
2 39 Frank W. Wilder 1919-1921
Subseries B: Letters sent
Box
Folder
2 40 Ed Bingham 1886-1888
2 41 Ed Bingham 1892-1901
2 42 E. W. Bingham 1902-1904
2 43 from James Bates 1913-1929
2 44 Hazard Stevens 1878-1916
2 45 from Kate Bates 1916-1935
2 46 James Bates 1914 1924-1925
2 47 Mrs. I. I. Stevens 1878-1913
2 48 Richard Eskridge 1916-1926
2 49 Ed Bingham to Mrs. R. A. Bingham 1860-1876 1898
2 50 Maude Stevens 1878-1905
2 51 Ed W. Bingham 1967-1894
2 52 Richard Eskridge, miscellaneous 1916-1948
2 53 Sue Stevens Eskridge to Richard Eskridge 1916-1924
2 54 Sue Stevens Eskridge to Hazard Stevens 1897 1898 1916
2 55 Virginia Eskridge to Richard Eskridge 1920-1925

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Series II:  Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Kate Bates diary 1880-1881
3 2 Kate Bates diary 1887-1890
3 3 Kate Bates diary 1885-1887
3 4 Kate Bates diary 1890-1893
3 5 Kate Bates diary 1893-1898
3 6 Kate Bates diary 1913-1916 1918
3 7 Kate Bates diary 1920-1922
3 8 Kate Bates diary 1924-1927
3 9 Kate Bates diary 1928-1932 1935 1936

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Series III:  Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 10
5.0 manuscripts
1908
3 11
9.0 manuscripts
1922-1930
3 12
7.0 manuscripts
3 13
9.0 manuscripts
1908-1912
4 1
8 manuscripts; 3 photographs
Photographs are of working-class people in Boston
1914
4 2
7.0 manuscripts
1910-1917
4 3
10.0 manuscripts
1899-1928
4 4
5.0 manuscripts
1898
4 5
9.0 manuscripts
4 6
15.0 manuscripts
1883-1910

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Series IV:  Miscellaneous papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 7 James H. S. Bates: Moderation League
Includes pamphlet and correspondence
1923-1924
4 8 James H. S. Bates: Wet and Dry articles and correspondence 1924-1927
4 9 In memoriam of Hugh Todd Bingham
1.0 volume
1891
4 10 Account books
2.0 volumes
Household expenses, recorded by Kate Stevens Bates
1916-1922 1922-1929
4 11 Scrapbook 1876-1897
4 12 Scrapbook 1890-1892
4 13 Scrapbook
Book originally served as a record of grocery expenses, 1882-1885. It became a scrapbook, 1887-1904.
1882-1904

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bates, James H. S.
  • Bates, Kate Stevens, 1852-1941--Archives
  • Bingham, Edward Wingard, d. 1904
  • Dye, Eva Emery, 1855-1947
  • Meany, Edmond S. (Edmond Stephen), 1862-1935
  • Stevens, Hazard, 1842-1918
  • Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862
  • Stevens, Margaret Lyman
  • Corporate Names :
  • Ballot Reform League of Oregon
  • Unitarian Society (Portland, Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bingham Springs (Or.)
  • Olympia (Wash.)
  • Portland (Or.)--Social life and customs
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries
    • Scrapbooks.

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