Guide to the Ben Hur Lampman Papers
1912-1954

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954
Title: Ben Hur Lampman papers
Dates: 1912-1954 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 8.0 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 426
Summary: Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954) worked as a compositor, printer, and editor in North Dakota, then as editor and publisher of the Gold Hill News in Oregon, and also wrote stories and essays, and was designated poet laureate of Oregon in 1951. The collection contains manuscripts for books, poems, editorials and essays, correspondence with magazine editors, speeches, printed material, biographical material, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1912-1954.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Historical Note

Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954) was born in Barron, Wisconsin and educated in North Dakota. He worked as a compositor, printer, and editor in Nelson County, North Dakota, and then as editor and publisher of the Gold Hill News, Gold Hill, Oregon (1912-1916).

From 1916 he was an editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. He wrote short stories, essays, and poems for a variety of periodicals, a novel, and non-fiction books. He was designated poet laureate of Oregon in 1951.

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts for books, poems, editorials and essays, correspondence with magazine editors, speeches, printed material, biographical material, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Manuscripts materials are separated into series by type of writing: Series I: book-length; II: essays, stories, editorials, paragraphs; III: poems; IV: music. Books manuscripts include The Corning of the Pond Fishes. Within each type, material is organized alphabetically by title.

Series V: contains correspondence (1916-1945) with magazine editors includes letters exchanged with William L. Finley, and Nature magazine. There is also a separate section of correspondence with sources for the book The Corning of the Pond Fishes. That correspondence is filed with the manuscript material for the book.

Series VI: contains five speeches.

Series VII: printed materiel includes pamphlets, reprints of editorials, broadsides, and offprints, among them the pamphlet, Centralia, Tragedy and Trial (1920).

Series VIII: biographical material consists of sketches and mementos, including inscribed copies of the Senate resolution urging Lampman's appointment as Oregon's Poet Laureate.

There are also photographs (series IX), and fourteen scrapbooks (series X) that include clippings, letters, photographs, mementos, manuscripts, and printed pieces.

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], Ben Hur Lampman papers, Ax 426, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

I: Manuscripts, books II: Manuscripts, essays, stories, editorials, paragraphs III: Manuscripts, poems IV: Manuscripts, music V: Correspondence VI: Speeches VII: Printed Material VIII: Biographical Material IX: Photographs X: Scrapbooks

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1996.

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.


Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Periodical editors--United States
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Poets laureate--Oregon
  • Poets, American--Oregon--Correspondence
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Scrapbooks

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