Guide to the Margaret Rush Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Rush, Margaret
Title: Margaret Rush Papers
Dates: 1937-1939 ( inclusive )
Quantity: .25 linear foot (l document case)
Collection Number: Mss 2870
Summary: Margaret Rush was a photographer and correspondent for the Oregon Journal newspaper who covered Bonneville Dam construction for three years. Collection includes manuscript of "So I Went By Bus" by Rush and press releases.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Languages: Materials entirely in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Margaret Rush was a photographer and correspondent for the Oregon Journal newspaper who covered Bonneville Dam construction for three years. She was the only woman in the county covering a government construction project at the time and also wrote about bus travel and the history of bus systems.

Content Description

The collection (1937-1939) includes a manuscript of "So I Went By Bus," written by Margaret Rush about early Portland, family life and her trip to New York in 1939. The manuscript includes descriptions of bus travel and the history of bus systems. Material includes press releases (1937) of progress on the Bonneville Dam by Captain Colby M. Myers, Executive Officer, Corps of Engineers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Margaret Rush Papers, Mss2870, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in one series.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Tom and Helen Henderson, 1990, Library Accession 20148.

Separated Materials :  

Photographs have been separated from the Margaret Rush Papers into Organized Lot 685, Margaret Rush Photograph Collection, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1-5 Manuscript--"So I Went By Bus"
Manuscript by Margaret Rush
6 Manuscript--"So I Went By Bus," chapter fragments
Includes photocopy of Oregon Journal article (1938) relating to activities of Margaret Rush
7 Bonneville Dam press releases
Press releases by Colby M. Myers, Executive Officer, Corps of Engineers


The collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings:

  • Personal Names :
  • Myers, Colby M.
  • Rush, Margaret.  ( creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
  • United States. Bonneville Power Administration.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bonneville Dam (Or. and Wash.)--History.
  • Portland (Or.)--History.
  • United States--Description and Travel--20th century.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Bus travel--United States--History.
  • Buses--United States--History.
  • Dams--Columbia River--History.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication.
    • Press releases.

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