Manuscript Collections

Within a few months of starting work as state archivist, Duniway had accepted several large photographic collections from local studios. Soon manuscript collections documenting important local individuals and businesses came to the State Archives. The ostensible reason for collecting from private sources was to provide an option for people who, for one reason or another, did not want to deposit their papers with the Oregon Historical Society or the University of Oregon Library.17

Over the years friction developed between the State Archives and the Oregon Historical Society related to collecting private records. After a series of confrontations and conferences, the political pressure became too great. The State Library (and therefore the State Archives) agreed to withdraw from further collecting. In 1958 the manuscript collections held by the Archives Division were transferred to another division of the State Library. A 1960 agreement further developed the separation of responsibilities.

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