Guide to the Mason Y. Warner papers
1859-1954

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Warner, Mason Young
Title: Mason Y. Warner papers
Dates: 1859-1954 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11.0 linear feet (18 containers, 4 volumes)
Collection Number: Coll 245
Summary: Mason Young Warner was born in 1868, the son of parents Agnes Stewart and Thomas Warner. Mason Y. Warner married Celia A. Hyland in 1894. The couple lived in Lane County all their lives, except for a short time spent in eastern Washington. They had three children, Ivan, Claire and Erma. The collection is composed mainly of correspondence, some personal files, and photographs. Most extensive in this collection is the Claire Warner Churchill Thompson material in Series IV. Her papers include many manuscripts and material from World War II.
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.

Biographical Note

John Stewart (1785-1857) of Dundee, Scotland, emigrated to the United States with his family in October 1823. The family settled on a farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then began its journey to Oregon Territory in 1853. The Stewarts traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri, by steamboat, then bought oxen for the trip to Oregon. Their wagon train, which included members of the Warner family, became known as the Lost Wagon Train of 1853. The Stewart family eventually reached the Willamette Valley and settled near Fall Creek.

Agnes Stewart (1832-1905), daughter of John Stewart, taught in the first schools in Springfield (1855), Lowell (1856) and Fall Creek (1857). She married Thomas Warner on Sept. 9, 1859. One of their five children was Mason Young Warner (1868-19??).

Mason Y. Warner married Celia A. Hyland (1871-19??) on Sept. 9, 1894. Celia Hyland was born near Junction City, Oregon, in 1871, and taught school at Lowell until shortly after her marriage. The couple lived in Lane County all their lives, except for a short time spent in eastern Washington. They had three children, Ivan, Claire and Erma.

Ivan Warner (1896-1973) served in World War I, then managed supermarkets in Cottage Grove, Lebanon, and Dallas, Oregon, before moving to Yachats in 1965.

Erma Warner (1906-19??) became a model in Los Angeles. She worked in several different cities, and in New Guinea and Manila during World War II. She later retired to Los Angeles.

Claire Warner (1898-19??) graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in history and taught school in Tillamook, Oregon. She was the author of several books, including South of the Sunset (New York, 1936) and Builders of Timberline Lodge (1937). She served as Assistant State Director for the WPA Oregon Writers Project, and helped edit the resulting Oregon guide book. During World War II, she served as a WAC for two years, and wrote Soldiers of the Air (1941-1942), a series of radio dramas for the Army Recruiting Service which were broadcast on radio station KOIN, Portland, Oregon. After the war she did public relations work for the Blue Cross Hospital Plan.

Content Description

The Mason Y. Warner Papers are composed mainly of correspondence, some personal files, and photographs. Most extensive in this collection is the Claire Warner Churchill Thompson material in Series IV. Her papers include many manuscripts and material from World War II.

Series I, Warner Family is composed of correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, genealogical material, account books, school, military, and legal records. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Series II, Hyland Family consists of genealogical material, deeds, autograph books, letters, an account book, and specifications for a Lowell, OR house.

Series III, Erma Warner Fletcher includes mostly correspondence to Mason Y. Warner, Celia Warner, and Claire Warner. The letters are arranged chronologically by person. Also included are manuscripts and World War II material.

Series IV, Claire Warner Churchill Thompson is composed of correspondence, manuscripts, U.S. Army files, WPA files, Blue Cross material, scrapbooks and volumes. Correspondence is arranged chronologically. There are fifteen manuscripts, many of which include several drafts. U.S. Army material covers 1941-1945, including Prisoner of War records and material on the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. WPA records include radio program manuscripts and other miscellaneous material. Blue Cross records include annual reports, public relations, advertisements and other material. Twenty-four volumes are included in this series. There are also newspaper clippings and scrapbooks.

Series V, Photographs consists of negatives, slides, and prints from each series.

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 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], Mason Y. Warner papers, Coll 245, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Warner Family
  • Series II. Hyland Family
  • Series III. Erma Warner Fletcher
  • Series IV. Claire Warner Churchill Thompson
  • Series V. Photographs

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

Inventory
Container(s)
box
folder
1 1

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Series I:  Warner Family
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 2 1887-1889
1 3 1890-1892
1 4 1893
1 5 1894
1 6 1895-1897
1 7 1900-1909
1 8 1910-1915
1 9 1916-1917
1 10 January 1918-June 1918
1 11 July 1918-December 1918
1 12 January 1919-February 1919
1 13 March 1919-August 1919
1 14 1920
1 15 January 1921-July 1921
1 16 192108/1921-12
1 17 1922-1923
1 18 January 1924-August 1924
1 19 September 1924-December 1924
1 20 192501/192506
1 21 July 1925-December 1925
1 22 January 1926-June 1926
1 23 July 1926-December 1926
1 24 January 1927-June 1927
1 25 January 1927-December 1927
1 26 January 1928-June 1928
1 27 July 1928-December 1928
1 28 January 1929-March 1929
1 29 April 1929-December 1929
1 30 1930-1933
1 31 1934-1935
1 32 1936-1938
2 1 1939-1944
2 2 undated
2 3 Genealogies/Biographical material (Warner and Stewart Families)
2 4 Agnes Stewart (Warner) diary; Helen Stewart (Love) diary
Both are diaries of an 1853 overland journey from Missouri to Oregon. The sisters were part of the "Lost Wagon Train of 1853."
1853
2 5 Agnes Stewart diary
Transcript prepared by Dr. Kenneth Holmes
2 5 Mason Y. Warner diary
Written while on a prospecting trip
September 1890
2 7 Peggy A. Warner diary 1918-1920
2 8 Autograph Books
Box
Folder
2 8 Mason Y. Warner Autograph Book 1881-1894
2 8 Celia A. Hyland (Warner) Autograph Book 1893-1896
2 9-14 Manuscripts (mainly poems) by Mason Y. Warner
2 15 Legal Documents
Volume
2 Vol. 1 Financial Record Book (receipts) 1890-1893
2 16 Military Record (Mason Y. Warner)
2 17 School Materials
Report cards, diplomas, etc. mainly for Erma and Wilma Warner.
2 18 Greeting cards, Valentines
2 19-20 Programs, Tickets
2 21 Account Book. June 1881-January 1884(?)

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Series II:  Hyland Family
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 22 Family History; Hyland Clan Historian Reports
2 23 Genealogical material
2 24 Deeds 1859-1896
2 25 Hyland, Amos Damon: Letters; Report of Survey
Box
Folder
2 25 Amos Damon Hyland letters 1853-1904
2 25 Report of Survey March 8, 1892
2 26 Amos Damon Hyland Memorial Dam Committee 1954
2 26 Hyland, Ansel A.: Autograph Book 1886-1890
2 26 Hyland, Benjamin: Accout Book 1866-1876
2 26 Hyland, Celia A. (Warner): Autograph Book 1883-1890
2 26 Hyland, Celia A. (Warner): Autograph Book 1883-1890
2 27 Hyland, Mrs. R.A.: Specifications for a one-story frame residence and wood house, Lowell, OR September 1909

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Series III:  Erma Warner Fletcher
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Letters to Mason Y. and Celia Warner
Box
Folder
3 1 1942-1943
3 2 1944
3 3 1945
Letters to Claire Warner Churchill Thompson
Box
Folder
3 4 1944-February 1945
3 5 March 1945-October 1945
3 6 Typed copies
3 7 Letters from Celia Warner 1949-1950
3 8 Manuscripts by Erma Warner Fletcher and by Mason Y. Warner
3 9-10 World War II Misc.

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Series IV:  Claire Warner Churchill Thompson
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Letters
Box
Folder
3 11 1918-1920
3 12 1921
3 13 1922-1923
3 14 1924
3 15 1925
3 16 1926
3 17 1927
3 18 1928
3 19 1929-1930
3 20 1931-1935
3 21 1936-1943
3 22 1943-1945
3 23 Fragments undated
3 24 Churchill Bugle/ Churchill WAC Bulletin 1943-1946
3 25 Autograph Book; Biographical material 1906-1907
Manuscripts
One draft unless otherwise noted
Box
Folder
3 26 Abandon All Hope
2.0 drafts
3 27 The American Flag
3 28 Annie’s Crimson Crime
3 29 Barefoot King
3 30 Bed and Bored
2.0 drafts
3 31 Before the Rain; Green Makes Talk Among the Leaves
3 32 Beyond the Bridge
3 33 The Brass Ring
2.0 drafts
3 34 China Jim Comes to God
3 35 The Christ
3 36 Conversation at Noon
3 37 Cowage in the Price
3 38 Dear, Dear Library
3 39 The Dim Eye
3 40 Every Guy is a Big Shot
4 1 The Gal From Galveston [play]
2.0 drafts
4 2 God Talks Greek to Loggers
4 3 Going Home to Glory
4 4 The Hard-Boiled Baby [puppet play]
4 5 The Holy Highway to Hell
4 6 An Irresistible Army
4 7 Korean Widow
2.0 drafts
4 8 The Land of Perpetual Spring
4 9 Lank Peters Tames the Indians
4 10 Life in the Old Dame Yet
1 drafts, research material
4 11 Lippy
2.0 drafts
4 12 The Lost Art of Bullwhacking
3.0 drafts
4 13 The Lovely Lovely Lanuage
Speech for Toast Mistress Club
4 14 Maples in the Rain
4 15 Mercurial Mister Morris
2.0 drafts
4 16 Mild Teller of Wild Tales, Jess Taylor
4 17 No More Star Spangled Bargains
4 18 Ole Breaks Into Print
4 19 Onions, Invective and Indigo Blue (A Study of William Morris)
4 20 Oregon, The Beaver State
4 21 Oregonians
2.0 drafts
4 22 Please Pass the Potatoes
4 23 The Portsmouth Wench [novel]
4 24 The Promissory Land
3.0 drafts
4 25 Puppets’ Tour of the West [puppet play]
4 26 The Same Old Macaroni
2.0 drafts
4 27 Sauvie’s Island
4 28 Sort of Screeching
6.0 drafts
4 29 The Stay at Home Heart [puppet play]
4 30 The Thompson’s Trek to Tuhuantepec (Mexico), or, You Must Go to Mexico
2.0 drafts
4 31 Three Toots From the Santa Mari
4 32 Time in Flight [novel]
4 33 The Time, the Place, and Nature’s Necessity
4 34 The Two-Way Stretch
4 35 Venereal Disease in Oregon
4 36 Waddle Duck Land
4 37 The Weather Maker and Other Marionette Plays (Beyond the Bridge; Won’t You Walk Into My Parlor; the Moon Men; The Eye Thief)
2.0 drafts
4 38 Where the West Ends
2.0 drafts
4 39 The Wild Blue Yonder (The Soldier’s God)
4 40 With a Bow to the Specialist, or How to Accommodate Nature Gracefully
4 41 With Apologies to the Fish
4 42 Story Ideas, notes, etc.
4 43 Notecards
U.S. Army Service Files
Box
Folder
4 44 Civilian War Services
4 45 Orders 1943-1945
5 1 Orders 1943-1945
5 2 Personal
5 3 Prisoner of War, Preliminary Records (Hitler’s Staff); Radio programs (broadcast on KOIN, Portland, OR)
5 4 Know Your Navy; Soldiers of the Air 1942
5 4 1941
5 6 1942
5 7 Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps
5 8 Miscellaneous
WPA Files
Box
Folder
5 9 The Diary of Basil N. Longworth, Oregon Pioneer; Oregon Oddities
5 10 1-2 to 2-19
5 11 3-1 to 4-17
5 12 Radio program manuscripts
5 13-14 Miscellaneous
Blue Cross Files Annual Reports
Box
Folder
5 15 Employees
5 16 Stockholders
5 17 Comics, Sample advertisements
5 18 Employee Relations
5 19 Employee Welfare Programs
5 20 General Public
5 21 National Hospital Day
5 22 Opinion Research
5 23 Public Relations
6 1 Publicity Analysis
6 2 Tours
6 3 Miscellaneous
6 4 Industrial Accident Commission 1948/1949
Public Relations
Box
Folder
6 5 Public Relations News 1946-1950
6 6 Miscellaneous
6 7 Civil Defense
6 8 Examinations
6 9-11 Newspaper Clippings
Newspaper Clippings/Scrapbooks
Box
Folder
6 12 #1
6 13-14 #2
6 15-17 #3
6 18 Miscellaneous
Volumes
Volume
3 Ainslie, Hew. Scottish Songs, Ballads, and Poems. New York: Red Field
Belonged to Agnes Stewart Warner.
1855
4 Bible. New York: American Bible Society
Presented to Throne E. Warner by Agnes Stewart, Aug. 16, 1857
1854
5 Bible
Belonged to Celia A. Hyland Warner
6 Blanchard, Rose Arrington. Ginia, The Story of an Oregon Pioneer. Northern Hollywood, CA
Presented to Mason Y. Warner by Claire Warner Churchill.
1954
7 Brown’s Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Newcastle Upon Tyne: M. Angus and Son (2 vol.)
Brought from Dundee, Scotland, by John Stewart, grandfather of Mason Y. Warner
1800
8 Churchill, Claire Warner. Slave Wives of Nehalem. Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press 1933
9 Churchill, Claire Warner. South of the Sunset. New York: Rufus Rockwell Wilson, Inc. 1936
10 Cotton, S.J. Stories of Nehalem. Chicago: M.A. Donahue & Company
Belonged to Claire Warner Churchill
1915
11 A Discourse on the Decree of Election
Given to Celia Warner by Mrs Booth
undated
12 Dow, John G., ed. Selections from the Poems of Robert Burns. Boston: Ginn and Company
Belonged to Claire Warner Churchill
1898
13 Fillmore, Charles. Mysteries of Genesis. Lee’s Summit, MO: Unity of School of Christianity 1950
14 Gospel Hymns. New York: Bigelow Main
Belonged to Mason Y. Warner
undated
15 Maclaren, Ian. Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush. New York: Dodd, Medd and Company 1895
16 The Methodist Hymnal. New York: The Method Book Concern
Presented to Claire Warner Churchill by Celia A. Warner, 1906
1905
17 Oregon Civil Defense Plan 1951
18 Oregon, End of the Trail. Portland, OR: Binfords & Mort
Compiled by the WPA Writers Program and edited by Claire Warner Churchill
1940
19 Reilly, Henry J. Americans All, the Rainbow at War. Columbus, OH: The F.J. Heer Printing Co., Publishers 1936
20 The Sabbath School Harp
21 Smith, Harold H. Typewriting Technique, College Course. New York: The Gregg Publishing Company
Belonged to Erma Warner Melvin
1938
22 Taylor, Benj. F. Song of Yesterday. Chicago: S.C. Griggs and Company
Presented to Claire Warner Churchill by Celia A. Warner, July 12, 1937
1875
23 Watson, J. Madison. Independent Third Reader. New York: A.S. Barnes & Company
Belonged to Celia A. Hyland
1876
24 Your Hidden Treasure. 9th annual edition
Expense book prepared for the employees of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation
1951

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Series V:  Photographs (PH240), not yet assigned
6.0 linear feet
Warner, Mason Young, 1868-1957
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1-3 Europe
4-5 Erma Warner – Personal Photos
6, 9, 10 Family
7 Miscellaneous
8 Negatives / Slides
11 Albums
12 Oversize photos/Family

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Churchill, Claire Warner, 1898-1956
  • Stewart, Agnes, 1832-1905--Diaries
  • Stewart, Helen Marnie, 1835-1873--Diaries
  • Warner, Mason Young
  • Family Names :
  • Warner family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon National Historic Trail
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Women pioneers--Oregon--Diaries
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Letters

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