Guide to the Fear Family Fapers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fear, William H.
Title: Fear family papers
Dates: 1865-1931 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 034
Summary: William H. Fear and his wife Lucia (Drum) Fear moved from Burlington, Kansas to Portland, Oregon in 1889. The collection contains correspondence, Fear and Drum family papers, medical case books, and files of Nora B. Green.
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

William H. Fear and his wife Lucia (Drum) Fear moved from Burlington, Kansas to Portland, Oregon in 1889. Their son Lyle Fear was a naval officer on board the U.S.S. Olympia. Their daughter Lois Fear was trained as an osteopath and practiced in Portland.

Content Description

The collection contains correspondence (about 1,500 letters), Fear and Drum family papers, medical case books, and files of Nora B. Green.

The correspondence written between 1881-1906 mainly concerns the courtship and marriage of William Fear and Lucia (Drum) Fear.

From 1905 to 1918 most of the letters are from the Fear children, Lyle, a student at Yale University Sheffield Scientific School (1905-1908), and Lois, a student at the University of California, Berkeley (1906-1908) and at Wellesley College (1908-1910).

Included in the collection are Lois Fear's school work, medical case books, and the papers, correspondence and other files of Nora B. Green, a teacher and spiritualist from Portland, Oregon.

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 and 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], Fear family papers, Ax 034, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

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


  • Personal Names :
  • Fear, William H.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Physicians--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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