Guide to the C. Eleanor Spears Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Spears, C. Eleanor, b. 1876
Title: C. Eleanor Spears papers
Dates: 1915-1951 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (4 containers, 1 folio, and 1 package)
Collection Number: Coll 096
Summary: C. Eleanor Spears (1876-1951) was a writer, suffragist, and a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The collection consists largely of collected printed material relating to suffrage (1915-1930) and temperance, (1918-1947), and to a lesser degree socialist politics and the Christian Science religion, and also includes general correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and address books.
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)

Historical Note

C. Eleanor Spears (1876-1951) was born in Long Island, New York. She wrote in collaboration with her husband, Raymond Spears, and was very active in the suffrage movement and in the women's Christian Temperance Union.

Content Description

The collection consists largely of collected printed material relating to suffrage (1915-1930) and temperance, (1918-1947), and to a lesser degree socialist politics and the Christian Science religion, and also includes general correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, diaries and address books.

The correspondence is from the years 1918-1951. There is one folder of manuscript material, one diary from 1938, and also address books.

The rest of the collection is organized by topic.

Suffrage material (1915-1930) includes correspondence, campaign and political information, pamphlets, press releases, statements by prominent national and New York male figures (including Theadore Roosevelt) about their reasons for supporting women's suffrage, and informational bulletins.

Women's Christian Temperance Union (1918-1947) material includes leaflets, pamphlets, tracts, and official publications.

There are more topical files containing additional printed material regarding topics such as tobacco, marijuana, politics and religion. Political material includes sample ballots for two elections, and Spears' Socialist Party card from 1932.

There are folders containing newspaper clippings and topics include World War II rationing.

Also included in the collection are scrapbooks, postcards (1920s), a snapshot of Mussel Shoals (c. 1900) and an editorial cartoon about the photographer Lindburg of Inglewood, CA (1910s). The scrapbooks contain additional newspaper clippings, calling cards, programs, and other mementos. Photographs have been removed from their original placement in the collection for preservation reasons and are stored separately under the call number PH068.

A later addendum contains personal correspondence, two diaries, two scrapbooks, and manuscript material.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], C. Eleanor Spears papers, Coll 096, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1985; Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs (PH068), 1900-1920
0.01 linear feet
Spears, C. Eleanor, b. 1876
PH068_01: [Lindburg photographer, Line drawings and cartoons with text]
1.0 unknown
10 x 8 inches
PH068_02: Ugollosmith
1.0 photographic print
4 x 5 inches
PH068_03: The Christian Science Pleasant View Home in Concord, New Hampshire.
1.0 photographic print
5.5 x 3.5 inches
PH068_04: L.D.S. Tabernacle St. George Utah
1.0 photographic print
5.5 x 3.5 inches

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Socialism
  • Temperance--United States
  • Women--Societies and clubs
  • Women--Suffrage--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Pamphlets
    • Scrapbooks

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