Guide to the Abigail and Mattie Wright Collection
1886-1915

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wright, Abigail.
Title: Abigail and Mattie Wright Collection
Dates: 1886-1915 ( inclusive )
1886-1897 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.15 cubic foot, including 10 photographs (2 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS WrightAM
Summary: The Abigail and Mattie Wright Collection consists of materials documenting Abigail Wright's teaching career and Mattie Wright's years as a student at Oregon Agricultural. Abigail (Abbie) and Martha (Mattie) Wright were sisters from Corvallis, Oregon. Abbie graduated from Corvallis College in 1882; Mattie graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1896.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Abigail (Abbie) and Martha (Mattie) Wright were sisters from Corvallis, Oregon, who earned degrees from Oregon Agricultural College in the 1880s-1890s.

Abbie Wright graduated from Corvallis College in 1882 and was a teacher in Corvallis, Yaquina, Albany, and Portland. She died between 1917 and 1922.

Mattie Wright graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1896. She was born in Corvallis in 1876 and married James Lorraine Davidson in 1897. She died in Portland in the 1950s.

The Wright family also used the spelling "Right" for the family name.

Content Description

The Abigail and Mattie Wright Collection consists of materials documenting Abbie Wright's teaching career and Mattie Wright's years as a student at Oregon Agricultural College. The Collection consists of paper records and photographs.

Records pertaining to Abbie Wright include her teaching certificate (1886); letters of reference from Corvallis, Yaquina, and Albany (1888-1896), including a letter from J.B. Horner; and her teaching contract for Portland in 1897.

Documents pertaining to Mattie Wright include an autograph book (1889-1893) with poems and messages from students and teachers; a handwritten history for the Class of 1896; and the 1896 commencement program.

Other publications include the June 1897 College Barometer and the December 20, 1911 issue of the Tri-Weekly Republican, published in Corvallis.

The photographs include images of Abbie Wright (circa 1910s); Frances (Frankie) Cauthorn; groups of women students at Oregon Agricultural College (1893-1895); Victor Moses; the Wright (Right) family residence in Corvallis; a Corvallis reunion group (perhaps from Oregon Agricultural College); and an image of J.B. Horner with Joaquin Miller. Photographers include W.S. Gardner and S.E. Trask of Corvallis and G.L. Eastman of Portland.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Abigail and Mattie Wright Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to the Class of 1896 are available in the Alumni Relations Records (RG 35).


Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1896.
    • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
    • Subject Terms :
    • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Women--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographic prints.
      • Other Creators :
      • Gardner, W.S.
      • Horner, John B., 1856-1933
      • Trask, Sydney.
      • Wright, Mattie, b. 1876.

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