Guide to the A. Ella Stoughton Diary
May 26, 1881-September 30, 1886

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stoughton, A. Ella, 1857-1944
Title: A. Ella Stoughton diary
Dates: May 26, 1881-September 30, 1886 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Collection Number: A 119
Summary: Miss Stoughton was the daughter of Joseph Hibbard Stoughton, Washington pioneer from New England. Her diary documents her travels from England to Asia and New York as well as travels to the Pacific Northwest.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

Miss Stoughton was the daughter of Joseph Hibbard Stoughton, Washington pioneer from New England. She was married in 1887 to Doran Harding Steams, LaCamas, Wash., who later founded the Portland Bee. She was active in Portland civic affairs, and wrote occasional articles for the Portland Oregonian.

Content Description

In 1881 she left Portland, Ore., on the Herbert Black, a wheat ship bound for Liverpool and Belfast. From Liverpool the ship went to Singapore, Shanghai, Nagasaki, and Hongkong, thence to New York,arriving July 20, 1883. Miss Stoughton then visited relatives in New England, took a trip to Montreal and Toronto, and in May 1884 returned by railroad to her home in Vancouver. In December 1885 she was appointed enrolling clerk of the House, Washington Territorial Legislature, and later worked in various law offices. The final diary entries contain repeated references to Doran H. Stearns, who was then courting her.

Use of the Collection

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], A. Ella Stoughton diary, A 119, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed.

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  • Personal Names :
  • Stoughton, A. Ella, 1857-1944
  • Subject Terms :
  • Voyages around the world
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries

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