Guide to the Saidie Orr Dunbar Diaries

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dunbar, Saidie Orr, 1880-1960
Title: Saidie Orr Dunbar diaries
Dates: 1923-1958 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 026
Summary: Saidie Orr Dunbar (1889-1960) was a social worker and active member of numerous health and welfare organizations. The collection consists of Dunbar's daily diaries.
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

Saidie Orr Dunbar (1889-1960) was a social worker. She lived in Kansas and California before moving to Oregon in 1889. She worked for many years in various capacities at the Oregon Tuberculosis Association, eventually rising to executive secretary. Dunbar organized several clubs in Oregon and went on to become state president of the Oregon Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1923-1926. She was elected President of the (National) General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) in 1938.

After her term as GFWC President, Dunbar returned to her position as executive secretary of the Oregon Tuberculosis Association. She served there until her retirement in 1951. The Oregon Federation of Women’s Clubs and the American Lung Association established The Saidie Orr Dunbar Nursing Education Fund Trust in her honor in 1956.

Content Description

The collection consists of Dunbar's day books from 1923 to 1958. There are entries of varying length for virtually every day. The diary entries are usually notations of meetings attended, persons seen, and observations.

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Saidie Orr Dunbar diaries, Ax 026, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

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.

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

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs and Saidie Orr Dunbar at Special Collections and University Archives include: Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs records, Bx 174.

Material on Saidie Orr Dunbar and the General Federation of Women's Clubs can also be found at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs archives in Washington, DC.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Civic leaders--Oregon
  • Women--Oregon--Societies and clubs
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries

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