Guide to the Henry Waldo Coe Correspondence

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Coe, Henry Waldo, 1857-1927
Title: Henry Waldo Coe correspondence
Dates: 1907-1928 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 112
Summary: Henry Waldo Coe (1857-1927) was a Portland, Oregon, physician, patron of the arts, and member of the Progressive Party. The collection consists mainly of correspondence including letters from Theodore Roosevelt and the Roosevelt family (1907-1918), and correspondence, clippings and photographs concerning statues of Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Jeanne D'Arc commissioned by Coe.
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

Henry Waldo Coe (1857-1927) was born in Waupon, Wisconsin, on November 4, 1857. He and his parents moved to Morristown, Minnesota, when Coe was five.

After graduating from the local high school, Coe took courses at the University of Minnesota, and studied medicine with his father, Dr. Samuel Buel Coe. He graduated from Long Island (NY) College Hospital in July 1880, and moved to Mandan, North Dakota. Coe was the first physician to settle in North Dakota.

In 1884 Coe was elected to the last territorial legislature (1885) of Dakota Territory, before the territory was divided. Coe was elected president of the North Dakota state medical association (1890), and was appointed as superintendent of the state board of health. Coe also served as mayor of Mandan.

Coe moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1891. He specialized in nervous and mental diseases, and owned and operated Morningside Hospital in Portland. Coe served in the Oregon state senate in 1894 and served as president of the City and County Medical Association. In 1893 he established The Medical Sentinal, an independent medical magazine.

Coe met Theodore Roosevelt while living in Dakota, and the two formed a long-lasting friendship. The county Roosevelt lived in, Billings, was part of Coe’s district. Coe had a statue of Roosevelt made (by Phimister Proctor), which was donated to the city of Portland along with statues of George Washington (by Pompeo Coppini), Abraham Lincoln (by George Fite Waters), and Jeanne d’Arc (by Emmanuel Fremiet).

Coe was married twice and had three sons.

Content Description

The collection consists mainly of correspondence, about 438 letters.

There is a file of letters from Theodore Roosevelt and the Roosevelt family, 1907 - 1918.

The remainder of the correspondence concerns statues of Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Jeanne D'Arc commissioned by Coe and donated to the city or Portland, Oregon. Also included are newspaper clippings on and photographs of the statues, 1920-1928.

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], Henry Waldo Coe correspondence, Ax 112, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1995.

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 organization and rehousing.

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.


  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Dakota Territory
  • Subject Terms :
  • Politicians--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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