Guide to the Opal Whiteley Papers
1911–1977

Print this Finding Aid | Email this Finding Aid


Results

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whiteley, Opal Stanley
Title: Opal Whiteley papers
Dates: 1911–1977 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11.25 linear feet
Collection Number: Ax 097
Summary: Opal Stanley Whiteley was an amateur naturalist and an author. She gave nature lectures around Oregon, while attending the University of Oregon. She wrote a book called The Fairyland Around Us, based upon her nature lectures. While the book was not published, in March 1920, The Atlantic Monthly published a serialized version of Whiteley’s childhood diary and the book version was released in September of the same year. Controversy surrounded the publication, as people believed that Whiteley did not actually write the diary in her youth. After traveling the world for several years, Whiteley placed herself in Napsbury Hospital in England in 1948, where she died in 1992. The Opal Whiteley Papers consist of correspondence, class notes, personal and literary notes and writings, material relating to Whiteley’s writings. Her self-published diary, The Fairyland Around Us, is also part of this collection.
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.

Historical Note

Opal Stanley Whiteley was born on December 11, 1897 in Colton, Washington to Mary Elizabeth Scott Whiteley and Charles Edward Whiteley. When Whiteley was about six years old, the family moved to Walden, Oregon, situated near the town of Cottage Grove. It was in Walden that Whiteley wrote a diary, later published in 1920 by the Atlantic Monthly, which was to become both celebrated and controversial.

Whiteley was keenly interested in nature, botany, and collecting a variety of specimens and objects from her outdoor environment. She became an amateur naturalist and utilized her interests in both nature and religion for her work in the Oregon Junior Christian Endeavor. By 1915, Whiteley was appointed state superintendent for all Junior Christian Endeavor work.

Whiteley grew passionate about writing nature books for children and realized that she needed to pursue a college education in order to acquire the resources to actualize this ambition. In 1916, she entered the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Whiteley did not have the financial resources to pay for her second year’s tuition, so she devised a plan that would satisfy her need for income while engaging her intellect and passion concerning the natural environment. She traveled throughout Oregon giving a series of lectures on nature. Unfortunately, this endeavor did not bring in the needed funds to cover her educational expenses and so she had to drop out of the University. However, Whiteley was determined to finance her education and realize her literary goals and so she enacted a second plan. Armed with a portfolio of publicity stills, she traveled to Hollywood to find work as an actress.

When work as an actress did not materialize, Whiteley wrote a book called The Fairyland Around Us, based upon her nature lectures. She managed to raise funds for the book’s publication through private donations, but the revisions she wanted cost more than she had. As a result, the printer scraped the plates. However, Whiteley finally managed to collect enough money to pay for the binding of several hundred copies. She was persuaded to look for a publisher on the East Coast and so she traveled to Boston. There, she approached Ellery Sedgewick, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, with her book. Sedgewick was not interested in the Fairyland manuscript, but inquired as to other writing Whiteley might have done. In March 1920, The Atlantic Monthly published a serialized version of Whiteley’s childhood diary and the book version was released in September of the same year.

The diary was controversial for several reasons. First, Whiteley claimed that she had written the diary when she was six years old. Her use of French and Latin names and phrases seemed beyond the skills of a child at that age, as did her references to aspects of the Catholic religion. Secondly, Whiteley claimed to be adopted and that her natural parents were angels. Amid the controversy, Whiteley left Boston for New York and later, Washington, D.C. In 1923, she sailed to England and then journeyed to France. Her purpose in going to France was to meet the mother of Henri d’Orleans, a man of title whom she claimed as her true father. His mother sponsored a trip to India for Whiteley, a place that had fascinated her son. Whiteley wrote a book about India’s royal family, which was printed in a London publication.

In 1925, Whiteley returned to England and in 1935, she was living as a ward of the city of London. It is not clear what transpired in her life during those ten years, and in 1948, she was deemed unable to care for herself and placed in Napsbury Hospital, a public care facility outside London. Opal Stanley Whiteley died at Napsbury in 1992.

Content Description

The Opal Whiteley Papers consist of correspondence, class notes, personal and literary notes and writings, material relating to Whiteley’s Christian Endeavor work, collected pamphlets and booklets, ephemeral and miscellaneous materials, writings and publicity about Whiteley, Edmund Conklin’s research notes and newspaper clippings concerning Whiteley, publications she owned and finally, photographs. Her self-published diary, The Fairyland Around Us, is also part of this collection.

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], Opal Whiteley Papers, Ax 097, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence; Class notes; Notes by Whiteley on various subjects; Writings and literary notes by Whiteley; Oregon Christian Endeavor Union; Pamphlets and booklets; Ephemeral and miscellaneous materials; Publicity; Writings about Whiteley; Edmund S. Conklin’s Research notes and newspaper clippings; Publications owned by Whiteley; Oversize; and Photographs. Series XIII, Photographs, has been further divided into subseries A through N.

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

1:  Inventory
Container(s)
box
1

^ Return to Top

Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Incoming
Box
Folder
1 2 December 1911-October 1916
1 3 October 1916–September 1917
1 4 September 1917-November 1917
1 5 December 1917–August 1919
1 6 April 18, 1926–August 1, 1926
1 7 Miscellaneous
Outgoing
Box
Folder
1 8 July 7, 1914–August 21, 1919
1 9 “Mysterious Letters” (from “B.C.M.”/Whiteley?) to Charles Edward Whiteley and Pearl Whiteley
See Series XIII: Photographs, Subseries L: Ph 204, Copy Negatives #111 – 119.
1920
1 10 To Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel March 30, 1920
1 11 To Countess of Iddlesegh, June 13, 1961 and to Mrs. Henry P. McKean, March 3, 1962 1961-1962
1 12 To Dr. Carlisle Moore July 1962–August 1964
1 13 To Mrs. Chapman January 17, 1967–April 4, 1967
1 14 To Dr. Carlisle Moore December 31, 1971–May 25, 1977
1 15 To the Very Reverend Father Bede Jarrett, O.P.
Separation Sheet: Black and white photograph of three crosses in a cemetery. The white cross nearest the viewer has the inscription-“P.F.B. Jarrett–March 17, 1934...R.I.P.” This photograph is in Series IX. Photographs, Subseries K. Miscellaneous, Box 9, Folder 75
undated
1 16 Undated and/or incomplete letters undated
Incoming/Outgoing
Box
Folder
1 17 From Karl W. Onthank, Administration Build, University of Oregon, July 13, 1921-October 11, 1921 Whiteley’s response to Onthank, July 27-October 1, 1921 July 1921-October 1921
Correspondence in Reference to Whiteley
Box
Folder
1 18 To Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel April 23, 1920–July 10, 1920
1 19 To Elbert Bede from Maude Hardwood Bales May 1920
1 20 To Elbert Bede July 23, 1920–September 7, 1921
1 21 To and from Professor Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon March 1916–May 1922
1 22 To Dr. Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, from Fred Lockley, The Oregon Journal April 23, 1920–September 28, 1921
1 23 To Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, from Ellery Sedgwick, Editor, The Atlantic Monthly March 15, 1920
1 24 To Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, from Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel March 15, 1920–July 20, 1920
1 25 To Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, from Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel July 16, 1920–October 16, 1921
1 26 From Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon April 30, 1920–April 10, 1922
1 27 To Fred Lockley, The Oregon Journal, from Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel April 26, 1920
1 28 To Fred Lockley, The Oregon Journal, from Ellery Sedgwick, Editor, The Atlantic Monthly May 3, 1920
1 29 To Prince Lucien Campbell, President, University of Oregon, from Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel November 30, 1920–September 3, 1921
1 30 To Professor Carlisle Moore, University of Oregon April 24, 1961-September 1963
1 31 Professor Carlisle Moore’s notes and papers concerning Whiteley
1 32 To Ellery Sedgwick, Editor, The Atlantic Monthly, from Elbert Bede, Publisher, The Cottage Grove Sentinel March 1920–December 1920
1 33 To Ellery Sedgwick, Editor, The Atlantic Monthly, from Edmund S. Conklin, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon March 24, 1920 and May 26, 1920
1 34 To Ellery Sedgwick from M.H. Douglass December 1, 1920
1 35 To Enid from Marietta August 7, 1959
1 36 To Mrs. Douglas Woodruff from Napsbury Hospital, London County Council and Elizabeth P.L. McKean May 16, 1949–December 1, 1962

^ Return to Top

Series II:  Class notes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 37 Whiteley’s class schedule 191603-192205
1 38 Assignments
1 39 Pocket Note Book of American Literature, Medieval History and a list of birds
1 40 Biology notebook
1 41 Birds, Autobiographies, Quartz
1 42 “Indian Relics” Summer 1909–May 1914
1 43 Chemistry September 1916–October 1916
1 44 Chemistry October 1916–December 1916
1 45 Chemistry January 8, 1917–January 17, 1917
1 46 Chemistry January 8, 1917–January 24, 1917
1 47 Chemistry undated
1 48 Chemistry undated
2 1 Chemistry notebook
2 2 Chemistry notebook and other notations
2 3 English composition, Lessons I – II
2 4 English composition, Lessons III - IX
2 5 English composition, Lessons XIX – XXV
2 6 English composition, Lessons XXX – XLII
2 7 English Punctuation, Composition, Criticism October 2 – 16
2 8 English Composition and Book Review
2 9 English Composition, Vocational Problems February 13, 1917
2 10 English Literature – The Short Story
2 11 Gastropods
2 12 Geology
2 13 Hygiene and Biology
2 14 "Come into the Fields" [a picture of a bird within a glass frame]
Handle with care.
2 15 “Ichneumon Fly” [note on this insect family within a glass frame]
Handle with care.
2 16 Latin, Great Britain, Numismatics, Practical Ethics
2 17 Latin, Great Britain, Numismatics, Practical Ethics
2 18 Notebook on the Narrative, Geology and personal notations
2 19 Orthogenesis and Government/History
2 20 Paleontology
2 21 Speech

^ Return to Top

Series III:  Notes by Whiteley on various subjects
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 22 Schedule cards, University of Oregon
2 23 Advertisements, Invitation, Clippings
2 24 Birds, Fish
2 25 “Bonnie Wee Lassie,” Friendship, A Mothers Love, “Composition General”
2 26 Butterflies
2 27 Child Life, People Interested in Child Life, Notes for Diary, “Big Brother of the Hills:” Character Study of Ruth, Looking Ahead
2 28 Children I have known, Story for Children, Boy’s Publications, Games, Flowers
2 29 Mountains, Natural Bridges, Volcanoes, Minerals, Roots
2 30 Supplies, Joys of Christian Life, People Interested in Nature, People Interested in Fancy Work
2 31 Trees

^ Return to Top

Series IV:  Writings and literary notes by Whiteley
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 32 “A Blue Day” and notes on nature
2 33 The Story of Raggie the Dog
2 34 Notes for “Raggie the Dog” and other notations
2 35 “The Fairyland”
2 36 “A Blue Day”
2 37 “A Blue Day” – typed manuscript
2 38 “A Blue Day” – typed manuscript
2 39 Book lists
2 40 Lists, fragments and books Whiteley read from ages 14 to 16
2 41 Writing fragments
2 42 Diary fragment, (not part of the controversial diary, but illustrative of Whiteley’s diary style) ca. 1909
2 43 Steve Williamson’s description of the diary fragment in folder 42
3 1 The Atlantic Monthly, March 1920, includes “The Story of Opal Whiteley” from The Journal of an Understanding Heart by Opal Whiteley March 1920
3 2 The Atlantic Monthly, April 1920, includes “Of School, the Tramper, and Many Things” from The Journal of an Understanding Heart by Opal Whiteley April 1920

^ Return to Top

Series V:  Oregon Christian Endeavor Union
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 3 The Christian Endeavor Bulletin January 9, 1916
3 4 The President’s Cabinet Letter August 9, 1916–December 20, 1916
3 5 Oregon Endeavor Bulletins January 7, 1917–April 1, 1917
3 6 The President’s Cabinet Letter March 5, 1917–August 14, 1917
3 7 Whiteley’s notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 8 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 9 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 10 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 11 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 12 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 13 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 14 Notes on the Junior Christian Endeavor Society
3 15 The Mail List, Volume 1, Number 5 1917
3 16 Mailing List April 8, 1916 and June 1, 1916
3 17 Mailing List, (Junior Societies) June and October 10, 1916
3 18 Oregon Endeavor Bulletins April 15, 1917–June 3, 1917
3 19 Miscellaneous Materials

^ Return to Top

Series VI:  Pamphlets and booklets
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 20 Whiteley’s Autograph Book
3 21 Copy of Whiteley’s Autograph Book
3 22 “Cottage Grove Oregon Bids You Welcome”
3 23 The Sea Pines Home School for Girls
3 24 “The Student Engineer,” Vol. VII, No. 1 November 1913
3 25 “The Propagation of Plants,” U.S.D.A. Farmers’ Bulletin No. 157 November 17, 1909
3 26 Price List No. 18, “Lepidoptera” 1913
3 27 Price List No. 19, “Birds’ Eggs” 1913
3 28 Price List No. 22, “Birdskins” 1917

^ Return to Top

Series VII:  Ephemeral and miscellaneous materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Christian Material
4 2 Annual Convention of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Lane County September 1, 1914-September 2, 1914
4 3 Commencement Announcements
4 4 High School Report Cards (Cottage Grove, 1911 – 1912 and Dorena, 1913 – 1914) and results from eighth grade examination, May 11 – 12 1911-1914
4 5 Cards
4 6 Postcards
4 7 Photographic Print of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India from The Perry pictures, Boston Edition 1915
4 8 University of Oregon memorabilia
4 9 Receipts
4 10 In the Matter of the estate of William O. Whiteley, deceased, Annual Account
4 11 Lists
4 12 Patch of skin and feathers – possibly from the chest and belly area of a young Rough Grouse

^ Return to Top

Series VIII:  Publicity
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 13 “The Story of Opal”
4 14 “Out of Doors”

^ Return to Top

Series VIX:  Writings about Whiteley
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 15 “Concerning the Fairyland Around Us”
4 16 “Opal Whiteley,” The Cottage Grove Sentinel May 5, 1915
4 17 “The Education of an Understanding Heart,” by Inez Fortt i n The Call Number, Volume 18, No. 1
Published by the University of Oregon Library Staff Association.
November 1956
4 18 “The Education of an Understanding Heart,” by Inez Fortt in The Call Number, Volume 18, No. 1 November 1956
4 19 “The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye,” Inez Fortt Fall 1961
4 20 “Oregon’s Princess Today,” by Professor Carlisle Moore University of Oregon May 12, 1964
4 21 “Oregon’s Princess Today,” by Professor Carlisle Moore University of Oregon May 12, 1964
4 22 “The Story of Opal,” by Marvin Tims, Eugene Register-Guard Emerald Empire September 13, 1964
4 23 Photocopy of “The Story of Opal,” by Marvin Tims, Eugene Register-Guard Emerald Empire September 13, 1964
4 24 “Opal Whiteley – Fraud or Genius?” by John Guernsey, Oregonian January 23, 1966
4 25 Photocopy of “Opal Whiteley – Fraud or Genius?” by John Guernsey, Oregonian January 23, 1966
4 26 Excerpt from Whiteley’s diary, “The Road Beyond the Singing Creek”
4 27 “Opal Whiteley: Oregon’s Princess,” A Lecture by Elizabeth Lawrence, University of Oregon July 27, 1987
4 28 Comment by Dr. Robert Max Garrett, Professor of English niversity of Washington
4 29 “That Opal Story,” by Mrs. Jessie Martin
4 30 “Story of Opal Whiteley,” a compilation of photographs publicity, dates and places where she lived and other writings about Whiteley
4 31 “Opal in the Rough” by Steve McQuiddy, Pacific Magazine of The Seattle Times March 3, 1996
4 32 Photocopy of “Opal in the Rough” by Steve McQuiddy, Pacific Magazine of The Seattle Times March 3, 1996
4 33 “The Saga of Opal Whiteley” by Steve McQuiddy for The Register-Guard July 7, 1996
4 34 Photocopy of “The Saga of Opal Whiteley” by Steve McQuiddy for The Register-Guard July 7, 1996
4 35 “Scrap Book of Clippings Concerning Miss Opal Whiteley, ex-‘20, University of Oregon”
4 36 Photocopy of “Scrapbook of Clippings Concerning Miss Opal Whiteley, ex-’20, University of Oregon”

^ Return to Top

Series X:  Edmund S. Conklin’s research notes and newspaper clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 37 1915–1918
4 38 1920–1987
4 39 Photocopies of originals 1915–1920
4 40 Photocopies of originals 1920-1987
4 41 Undated and stray
4 42 Opal Whiteley Case
4 43 Opal Whiteley Case
4 44 Conklin’s deposition on Whiteley’s notebooks December 1920
4 45 Memorandum concerning an interview with Mrs. W. W. McMillan
4 46 Whiteley’s identification, personal characteristics, parentage, etc.
4 47 Code references in Whiteley’s diary

^ Return to Top

Series XI:  Publications owned by Whiteley
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Adams, Sarah Flower, Nearer My God to Thee, New York: Cupples & Leon, published by permission of E.P. Dutton & Co.
5 2 American Motherhood, vol. XXXI, No. 2, Cooperstown, N.Y.: The Arthur H. Crist Co. August 1910
5 3 American Motherhood, vol. XXXII, No. 6, Cooperstown, N.Y.: The Arthur H. Crist Co. June 1911
5 4 American Motherhood, vol. XL, No. 4, Cooperstown, N.Y.: The Arthur H. Crist Co. April 1915
5 5 An Angel Mother, Our Babies Bible ABC or First Steps for Little Feet, copyright by K.E. Boland
5 6 Bastin, Edson S., Economic Geology of the Feldspar Deposits of the United States, Washington Government Printing Office 1910
5 7 Clark, Ernest R., ed., Burke’s Speech on Conciliation with the American Colonies, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company 1895 1911
5 8 A Complete Catalogue of the Books of Houghton Mifflin Company with Portraits 1912
5 9 Dale, T. Nelson, The Commercial Marbles of Western Vermont. Washington Government Printing Office 1912
5 10 Ensign, Hermon Lee, Lady Lee and Other Animal Stories, from The Life and Nature Series, Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co. 1905
5 11 Larson, Christian D., Eternal Progress, Vol. IV, No.4, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company August 1915
5 12 Larson, Christian D., Eternal Progress, Vol. IV, No.9, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company February 1916
6 1 The Little Housemaid and Other Stories from the Little Workers Series New York: McLoughlin Bros 1901
6 2 Long, William J., Wilderness Ways, Boston: Ginn & Company, Publishers, The Athenæum Press 1903
6 3 Longfellow, Henry W., The Courtship of Miles Standish, New York: Grossett and Dunlap Publishers 1910
6 4 Nickles, John M., Bibliography of North American Geology for 1908, Washington Government Printing Office 1909
6 5 Oliver, Charles A., Preparations for Teaching, Philadelphia: The Westminster Press 1912
6 6 Thomas, Keith J., Personal Power, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls Co. 1916
7 1 Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, David B. Guralnik, editor-in-chief, Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company 1963
7 2 Page from a publication – “Miss Fay Whiteley, Star, Oregon”

^ Return to Top

Series XII:  Oversize
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
8 1 Broadsheet of Whiteley’s Nature Lecture, “Nearer to the Heart of Nature,” Congregational Church, Portland, June 19th at 8:00 p.m.
8 2 Broadsheet of Whiteley’s Nature Lecture, “Out of Doors”
8 3 Broadsheet of Whiteley’s Nature Lecture, “Out of Doors”
8 4 Broadsheet of Whiteley’s Nature Lecture, “Out of Doors”

^ Return to Top

Photographs (PH204) Container Summary
Container(s)
Description
Box
9 and 12 Photographs
10 Copy Negatives
11 Nitrate Negatives

^ Return to Top

Series XIII:  Photographs (PH204) Item List
6.0 linear feet
Whitley, Opal Stanley
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Portraits of Whiteley
Box
Folder
9a 1 Whiteley standing on rocky topography
9a 2 Whiteley seated at her classroom desk 1907
9a 3 Whiteley in white dress and ballet slippers
9a 4 Whiteley in white dress sitting on ferns holding flowers and a scroll
9a 5 Whiteley seated in white dress and ballet slippers
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204, P 21.
9a 6 Whiteley among the blossoms in the yard
9a 7 Portrait of Whiteley
9a 8 Whiteley in costume holding fish and fishing pole 1918
9a 9 Whiteley in costume holding fish and fishing pole 1918
9a 10 Whiteley holding fish and fishing pole (3 copies)
9a 11 Whiteley with a dog
9a 12 Whiteley with a dog
9a 13 “Miss Opal Whiteley”
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204, CN 24.
9a 14 Whiteley standing in front of a building
9a 15 Opal Whiteley (color slide)
9a 16 Princess: Opal Whiteley (color slide)
See Subseries N: Oversize Photographs, Box 12.
August 1963
Subseries B: Whiteley with sister
Box
Folder
9a 17 Whiteley and sister
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives Ph 204, CN 80.
9a 18 Pearl and Opal Whiteley
9a 19 Opal and Pearl Whiteley 1914
9a 20 Opal and Pearl Whiteley 1914
Subseries C: Possible Photographs of Whiteley
Box
Folder
9a 21 Possible photograph of Whiteley as an infant in christening robe
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204 CN 1.
9a 22 Lizzie Whiteley holding a baby
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204 CN 1.
9a 23 Whiteley [?] “2 yrs., 7 mos., 18 days, 33lb.”
9a 24 Girl and woman among sheep in a field
9a 25 U.S.A. flag, a girl in overalls holding a hat standing next to an indistinguishable figure
9a 26 Girl aiming rifle
Subseries D: Whiteley with others
Box
Folder
9a 27 Whiteley at her desk in the classroom
9a 28 Whiteley with women in shawls
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204, CN 15.
9a 29 Foreground - five women in shawls
9a 30 Portrait of Whiteley with a girl and boy
9a 31 Whiteley with three other young women
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives Ph 204, CN 14.
9a 32 Group portrait – Whiteley with peers
9a 33 Group portrait – Whiteley with peers
9a 34 Group portrait – Whiteley with peers
9a 35 Whiteley with a group of men and women standing on a porch
9a 36 Whiteley with a group of women and men
Subseries E: Whiteley’s parents
Box
Folder
9a 37 Portrait of Elizabeth Scott and Charles Edward Whiteley
9a 38 Elizabeth Scott Whiteley in wedding dress
Subseries F: Possible photographs of family members/relatives
Box
Folder
9a 39 Family at the San Francisco Exposition 1915
9a 40 Man on crutches and girl [Pearl Whiteley?]
9a 41 Woman, man, two children with dogs on grass
9a 42 Girl in white dress holding a scroll
9a 43 “The ‘Mysterious Pictures’ of the Opal Case” marked “Uncle of Opal”, “Opal’s Grandfather”, and “Opal’s real father”
9a 44 Booklet of four children
9a 45 Portrait of a woman
9a 46 Drawing of “Grandpa”
Subseries G: Portraits of women
Box
Folder
9a 47 Woman seated at a round table
9a 48 Portrait of a woman by Bushnell, Portland, Oregon
9a 49 Woman standing with right hand in her long skirt pocket
9a 50 Portrait of a woman in a large white hat and flowers at the v-neckline of her flowing, floor-length dress. Inscribed on the reverse, “With best wishes to my dear friend Opal, lovingly ___.” [Name obscured]Portrait of a woman in a large white hat and flowers at the v-neckline of her flowing, floor-length dress. Inscribed on the reverse, “With best wishes to my dear friend Opal, lovingly ___.” [Name obscured]
9a 51 Woman seated in a chair with arms crossed in front of a wooden structure
Subseries H: Portraits of children
Box
Folder
9a 52 Child in sailor suit with left hand on some blocks
9a 53 Child pushing a wooden cart with a cat on it
9a 54 Child standing on a rocky crag leaning against an evergreen tree
9a 55 Child in overalls standing beside a strung-up sturgeon
9a 56 Boy climbing a wooden fence
Subseries I: Portraits of sporting teams
Box
Folder
9b 57 Young men’s baseball team
9b 58 Young men’s baseball team
9b 59 Young men’s football team
Subseries J: People in Whiteley’s community
Box
Folder
9b 60 Women with rifle and man seated in the crook of a tree-trunk
9b 61 A group of people in a “line-dance” at a train station
9b 62 Six people at Taylor and Son Loading Deck, Star, Oregon
9b 63 Junior class of Cottage Grove High School
9b 64 A group of waving children and adults outdoors
See Subseries L: Copy Negatives, Ph 204, CN 17.
Subseries K: Portraits of sporting teams
Box
Folder
9b 65 Tents and people in a field
9b 66 Two people at an “oxen-cart”
9b 67 Close-up of bushes
9b 68 Ship at sea
9b 69 Raccoon caught
9b 70 Raccoon skins, rifles and a revolver
9b 71 Mountain
9b 72 Brick buildings
9b 73 White house
9b 74 Napsbury Hospital, St. Albans (color slide) July 1963
9b 75 Cemetery: “P.F. B. Jarrett, March 17, 1934 . . . R.I.P.”
Located originally with Whiteley’s letter to Father Bede Jarrett in Series I: Correspondence – Outgoing, Box 1, Folder 15..
Subseries L: Copy negatives
Box
Folder
10 1 PH204, CN 1: Lizzie Whiteley holding a baby
10 2 PH204, CN 2: Possible photograph of Whiteley as an infant
10 3 PH204, CN 14: Whiteley with three other young women
10 4 PH204, CN 15: Whiteley with women in shawls
10 5 PH204, CN 17: A group of waving children and adults outdoors
10 6 PH204, P 21: Whiteley seated in white dress and ballet slippers
10 7 PH204, P 21: Whiteley seated in white dress and ballet slippers
10 8 PH204, CN 24: Portrait of "Miss Opal Whiteley”
10 9 PH204, CN 76: From the "Mysterious Pictures" of the Whiteley case marked, "Uncle of Opal"
10 10 PH204, CN 77: From the “Mysterious Pictures” of the Whiteley case marked on the back, “Whiteley’s grandfather”
10 11 PH204, CN 78: From the “Mysterious Pictures” of the Whiteley case marked “Whiteley’s real father”
10 12 PH204, CN 80: Whiteley’s sister (Note: The negative is very fragile)
10 13 PH204, CN 80: Whiteley’s sister (Note: The negative is very fragile)
10 14 PH204, CN 93: A diary-like account July 18
10 15 PH204, CN 94: A diary-like account July 26, August 14, 1912
10 16 PH204, CN 95: About grandfather Scott
10 17 PH204, CN 96: About grandfather Scott
10 18 PH204, CN 97: Notes on Christian Endeavor and Geology
10 19 PH204, CN 98: “ Memories of my childhood” and a list of subject headings
10 20 PH204, CN 99: Compositions, Names, School, Grade, Property of, Address
10 21 PH204, CN 100: Geology, Astronomy
10 22 PH204, CN 101: List of words
10 23 PH204, CN 102: Story of the Little Fir Tree
10 24 PH204, CN 103: “The Story of My Life...” 1914
10 25 PH204, CN 104: Life with “Mother and Dad” Whiteley November 1-2
10 26 PH204, CN 105: “The Story of My Life...”
10 27 PH204, CN 106: “The Story of My Life...”
10 28 PH204, CN 107: “The Story of My Life...”
10 29 PH204, CN 108: “The Story of My Life...”
10 30 PH204, CN 109: “The Story of My Life...”
10 31 PH204, CN 110” Books I have read”
10 32 PH204, CN 111: To Miss Pearl Whiteley February 3, 1920
10 33 PH204, CN 112: “Mysterious Letters” (from “B.C.M.”/Whiteley?) to Charles Edward Whiteley and Pearl Whiteley 1920
10 34 PH204, CN 113: “Mysterious Letters” (from “B.C.M.”/Whiteley?) to Charles Edward Whiteley and Pearl Whiteley 1920
10 35 PH204, CN 114: “Mysterious Letters” (from “B.C.M.”/Whiteley?) to Charles Edward Whiteley and Pearl Whiteley February 2, 1920
10 36 PH204, CN 115: “Mysterious Letters” (from “B.C.M.”/Whiteley?) to Mr. C.E. Whiteley – The list of table silverware
10 37 PH204, CN 116: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, part 1
10 38 PH204, CN 117: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, page 2
10 39 PH204, CN 117: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, page 2
10 40 PH204, CN 118: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, page 3
10 41 PH204, CN 119: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, page 4
10 42 PH204, CN 119: “Mysterious Letter: (from “B.C.M./Whiteley?) to Mr. Charles Edward Whiteley, page 4
Subseries M: Nitrate negatives
Box
Folder
11 1 PH204, N 86: “The road to Sadie M’Kibben’s. One of the ‘divides.’”
11 2 PH204, N 87: “A shack near the site of Opal’s home.”
11 3 PH204, N 88: Covered wooden bridge, “where one of the ‘divides’ crosses the river.”
11 4 PH204, N 89: Winding country road and wooden cart – “The third ‘divide’ to the school and the ‘home of the girl who has no seeing.’”
11 5 PH204, N 90: “The old barn.”
11 6 PH204, N 92: “The ranch house.”
Subseries N: Oversize photographs
Box
Folder
12 1 Portrait of Whiteley at Napsbury Hospital, England
3 Portrait of Whiteley at Napsbury Hospital, England
3 Portrait of Whiteley at Napsbury Hospital, England
Box
3 12 Elbert Bede’s Display: Whiteley and her family
a. PH204, P 79: “Opal and next oldest sister. Shortly after alleged substitution.”
b. PH204, O 80: “Shortly before alleged substitution.”
c. PH204, O 81: “Mr. and Mrs. Whiteley.”
d. PH204, P 82 A: “Opal and next oldest sister – still later.”
Box
3 12 Elbert Bede’s Display: Scenes from The diary
a. PH204, P 86: “The road to Sadie M’Kibben’s. One of the ‘divides.’
b. PH204, 87: “A shack near the site of Opal’s home.”
c. PH204, P 88: “ Where one of the ‘divides’ crosses the river.”
d. PH204, P 89: “The third ‘divide.’ To the school and the ‘home of the girl who had no seeing.’”
e. PH204, P 90: “The old barn.”
f. PH204, P 91” The ranch house.”
g. PH204, P 92: “New school house on site of old one.”

^ Return to Top

Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Conklin, Edmund Smith, 1884-
  • Moore, Carlisle
  • Whiteley, Opal Stanley--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Christian Endeavor Union
  • Subject Terms :
  • American diaries
  • Authors, American--20th century

    ^ Return to Top