Guide to the Fred Lockley Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958
Title: Fred Lockley papers
Dates: 1911-1950 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7.5 linear feet (58 volumes)
Collection Number: CB L812
Summary: Fred Lockley (1871-1958) was a newspaper columnist, a rare book dealer, and the author of books on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. The collection consists of 58 bound volumes collecting Lockley's "Impressions and Observations of a Journal Man" columns.
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).

Content Description

The collection consists of 58 bound volumes collecting Lockley's "Impressions and Observations of a Journal Man" columns. These columns are generally biographical sketches of and conversations with Oregon pioneers and citizens. The columns are arranged alphabetically by subject's last name.

Historical Note

"Fred Lockley (1871-1958) was a newspaper columnist, a rare book dealer, and the author of books on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. He was born March 19, 1871, in Leavenworth, Kansas, to Elizabeth Metcalf Campbell and Frederic Lockley, a Civil War veteran and newspaper editor. In 1888, he headed to Salem, Oregon, to work as a compositor on the Capital Journal. Lockley attended Oregon Agricultural College in Corvallis in 1889-1890 and graduated from Willamette University with a degree in education in 1895. Two years later, he married Hope Gans; they had three children, only one of whom survived childhood.

"After laboring for a year on a farm in Polk County, Lockley took a job at the Salem Statesman. As field editor for the weekly magazine, Pacific Homestead, he rode on horseback all over Oregon, usually staying overnight at the homes of people he met. Interested in their histories, he began writing about pioneers and pioneer life.

"Lockley continued to move from job to job, working as an assistant to a government topographer, mapping what is now Glacier National Park, and as a mail carrier and clerk in the Salem post office. In 1900, he mined gold in Nome, helped establish the first free mail delivery in Alaska, and worked for the Nome Nugget. In 1902, at Hope's urging, the family moved to Pendleton, and he became the circulation manager and part-owner of the East Oregonian. Four years later, he sold his interest in the paper, and the family moved to Portland.

"From 1905 to 1910, Lockley was general manager of The Pacific Monthly magazine. He left the magazine in 1911 to join the editorial staff of the Oregon Journal and to write a column, "Impressions and Observations of a Journal Man." In 1917-1918, he served as a war correspondent in France for the Oregon Journal, the New York Herald, and the London Globe. Hope Lockley died in 1928, and Fred married Laura Simpson in 1930.

"Lockley wrote many books—including Oregon Folks, Oregon's Yesterdays, Oregon Trail Blazers, and Oregon Outdoors, in addition to articles and stories for the American Magazine, Collier's, McClure's, Sunset, and other magazines.

"After Lockley's death on October 15, 1958, Pendleton native Mike Helm worked with the hundreds of interviews and documents that Lockley had collected from Oregon pioneers in the 1920s and 1930s. Conversations with Pioneer Women (1981) and Conversations with Pioneer Men(1981, 1996) are a tribute to Lockley's dedication to Oregon history and a significant resource on early Oregon settlers."


Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Fred Lockley papers, CB L812, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Alternative Forms Available :  

This collection has been duplicated. Copies are in binders available in the 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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is divided into 58 volumes, arranged alphabetically by subject's last name.

Related Materials :  

Correspondence to/from Fred Lockley can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: William H. Packwood papers, CA 1915 Jan 24; Elizabeth Southworth Anderson papers, CA 1915 July 17; Fred Lockley letter to Charles S. Jackson, CA 1916 June 20; Frederic George Young papers, CA 1916 June 25; Wallis Nash papers, CA 1920 Sept 9; George Palmer Putman papers, CA 1921 Mar 28; Eva Emery Dye papers, CA 1922 June 19; Juliet Montague Lord papers, CA 1922 Nov 10; Roy W. Ritner papers, CA 1923 Mar 12; Bethena Angelia (Owens) Adair papers, CA 1924 Dec 29; Charles Ellsworth Linton papers, CA 1925 May 13; Joe E. Milner papers, CA 1926 Apr 23; Edward Eberstadt papers, CA 1927 Sept 7; John C. Todd papers, CA 1933 Jan 30.

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.


  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--History--Sources
  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Biography
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Newspaper columns.

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