Guide to the Bean and Condon Family Papers
1872-1975

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bean family
Title: Bean and Condon Family papers
Dates: 1872-1975 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 cubic feet (8 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 154
Summary: Robert Sharp Bean (1854-1931) was an Oregon judge who served in circuit court, the state supreme court, and in the U.S. district court. Thomas Condon (1822-1907) was an Irish Congregational minister, geologist, and paleontologist, and professor at the University of Oregon Collection comprises correspondence, biographical and genealogical material, documents, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs divided into two segments centered around Robert S. Bean and his father in law Thomas Condon.
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. 

Historical Note

Robert Sharp Bean, born in 1854 to Obadiah Roberts and Julia Sharp Bean, and raised ten miles north of Eugene, became one of Oregon's most impartial and respected judges. He served in circuit court from 1882-1890, in the state supreme court from 1890-1909, and in U.S. district court from 1909-1931.

A graduate of the University of Oregon in 1878, Bean became a regent of that institution in 1882, and was granted a law degree in 1895. In 1880 he married Ida Elizabeth Condon, daughter of Dr. Thomas Condon, the famous Oregon geologist. The couple and five sons, three of whom survived the judge.

In 1926, Bean became director of the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. During his life he served a total of 49 years on the bench and 21 years as a regent of the University of Oregon, and upon his death in 1931, was the University's oldest alumnus.

Thomas Condon (1822-1907) was an Irish Congregational minister, geologist, and paleontologist, and professor at the University of Oregon. Condon was appointed the first State Geologist for Oregon in 1872. He resigned that post to become first professor of geology at the University of Oregon. Previously he was a teacher at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Content Description

The Bean Family Papers are comprised of material from Robert S. Bean and his father in law, Thomas Condon. The collection included correspondence, biographical-genealogical material, various documents, notebooks, scrapbook, sketchbooks, memorabilia and photographs.

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 or from 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], Bean and Condon Family papers, Coll 154, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I: Robert Sharp Bean (1880-1975)
  • Series II: Thomas Condon (1872-1909)
  • Series III: Photographs

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Mary Anteaux and Megan Dazey.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Separated Materials :  

A box of geological samples and a compass belonging to Thomas Condon have been transferred to the University's Museum of Natural History.

Related Materials :  

Special Collections & University Archives holds separated collections of both Robert Sharp Bean Papers, Ax 008 and Thomas Condon Papers, A 022.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Robert Sharp Bean (1880-1975), 1916-1928
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 2 Letters received, 1916-1918; 1928 (Note: all letters are from Harold Bean except one, which is from Bob Bean). 1916-1918; 1928
1 3 Letters received, 1916-1918; 1928 (Note: all letters are from Harold Bean except one, which is from Bob Bean). 1916-1918; 1928
1 4 Biographical-genealogical material
1 5 Biographical-genealogical material
2 Scrapbooks
3 Scrapbooks
4 1 Memorabilia; Bible
4 2 Memorabilia; Notebooks
4 3 Memorabilia; Gradecards

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Series II:  Thomas Condon (1872-1909)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 1 Correspondence
5 2 Documents
5 3 Sketchbooks
5 4 Textbook: Davies, Charles. Elements of Surveying and Navigation New York: Barnes and Company, 1845. (Signed by Condon)

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Photographs (PH082), 1860-1931
1.25 linear feet
Bean-Condon family
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Prints of Thomas Condon & family
1 PH082_01: Thomas Condon and Family [Condon family portrait]
1.0 unknown
5.5 x 6.5 inches
1860
PH082_02: Mary Condon [Portrait of Mary]
1.0 unknown
5 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_03: Cornelia Holt Condon [Portrait of Cornelia]
1.0 unknown
5.5 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_04: Thomas Condon [Portrait of Thomas]
1.0 photographic print
8.5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_05: Thomas Condon [Portrait of Thomas]
1.0 photographic print
8.5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_06: Thomas Condon [Portrait of Thomas]
1.0 photographic print
8.5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_07: Thomas Condon [Thomas in yard with 3 children]
1.0 unknown
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_08: Harold Condon (Herbert's son) & Thomas Condon [Thomas reading "Wilson's Photographic Magazine" with Harold on knee]
1.0 unknown
8 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_09: Harold Condon (Herbert's son) & Thomas Condon [Thomas reading "Wilson's Photographic Magazine" with Harold on knee]
1.0 unknown
8 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_10: [Cornelia Condon headstone]
1.0 unknown
9 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_11: Thomas Condon, His brother William (?), William's wife (?) [Thomas, William and wife]
1.0 photographic print
8.5 x 6.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_12: Thomas Condon [Thomas standing next to large tree]
1.0 unknown
7 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_13: Thomas Condon, Harold Condon [Thomas holding baby Harold outdoors]
1.0 unknown
3.25 x 4.5 inches
1901
PH082_14: Thomas Condon, Harold Condon [Thomas holding baby Harold outdoors]
1.0 unknown
3.25 x 4.5 inches
1901
PH082_15: Thomas Condon & Harold Condon on tricycle [Thomas holding baby Harold while sitting on tricycle]
1.0 unknown
4.5 x 3.25 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_16: Thomas Condon, Seymour Condon at Salem [Thomas and Seymour standing in front of building]
1.0 unknown
3.25 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_17: Cornelia Holt Condon [Portrait of Cornelia]
1.0 unknown
6 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
2 Prints of R.S. Bean and the University of Oregon campus
2 PH082_18: Kincaid Field [Attached to scrapbook page with 3 other photos, written on recto in pencil "President's House, Girl's Clubhouse, cemetery, 13th street. Kincaid Field looking Southeast"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_19: Library [interior of Library, Attached to scrapbook page with 3 other photos, written under photo in black ink "Library"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_20: Library East Elev. [Exterior of Library, Attached to scrapbook page with 3 other photos, written on recto in pencil "Athletic field, Ten Courts" Written under photo in black ink "Library East Elev."]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_21: Villard, Deady [Exterior of Villard & Deady Halls, Attached to scrapbook page with 3 other photos, written under photo in black ink Villard, Deady Looking south east from artificial lake near 11th St.."]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_22: Deady, Villard [Exterior of Deady and Villard Halls, Attached to scrapbook page with 8 other photos, written under photo in pencil "Deady, Villard, Looking southwest from point north of engineering building"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_23: Electric Lab [Interior of electric Lab, Attached to scrapbook page with 8 other photos, written under photo in black ink "Electric Lab"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_24: McClure Hall [Exterior of McClure Hall, Attached to scrapbook page with 8 other photos, written under photo in black ink "McClure Hall, West Elev"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_25: Mechanical Hall, McClure, Dorm [Exteriors, Attached to scrapbook page with 8 other photos, written under photo in black ink "Mechanical Hall, McClure, Dorm." Written on recto "25,000 40x80"]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_26: [Men in suits standing along street with dog]
1.0 unknown
7.5 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_27: 11' 6" [Pole Vaulter posing with Pole]
1.0 unknown
5.5 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_28: The Race [Rowing race on lake]
1.0 unknown
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_29: Swamping [row team in boat being swamped]
1.0 unknown
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_30: Swamped [row team in water, boat under water]
1.0 unknown
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_31: Villard, Deady [Exterior of Villard & Deady with tree lined path]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_32: Library, Deady, Villard [Exterior of Library, Villard & Deady]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_33: Dormitory [exterior of dormitory]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_34: Girls Gym [Exterior of Girls Gym]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_35: Robt S. Bean [Portrait of Robert]
1.0 unknown
8 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_36: Albert Sharp Bean [Portrait of Albert]
1.0 unknown
11 x 8 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_37: Albert Sharp Bean [Portrait of Albert]
1.0 unknown
11 x 8 inches
not yet assigned
PH082_38: Construction of Columbia River Highway [Men in suits standing on dirt road in forest]
1.0 unknown
8.5 x 6.5 inches
Weister, George M. (1862-1922) of Portland, OR
not yet assigned
PH082_39: Eagle Creek [Men in suits on rope & wood bridge over creek]
1.0 unknown
6.5 x 8.5 inches
Weister, George M. (1862-1922) of Portland, OR
not yet assigned
PH082_40: Robert S. Bean working at Cloud Cap Inn, Mt. Hood [Men building foot bridge]
1.0 unknown
8 x 10 inches
not yet assigned

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bean, Harold C. 1889-1930
  • Bean, Robert S. (Robert Sharp), 1854-1931
  • Condon, Thomas, 1822-1907
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Genealogy
  • Subject Terms :
  • Geologists--Oregon
  • Judges--Oregon
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.

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