Special Collections and Archives

Manuscript Collections



Alderson - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
William Lewis Alderson (1913-1964) taught at Reed in the English Literature department from 1943 to 1964. A Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiast, Alderson's papers contain correspondence, class lecture notes, coursework and notes from his college years at Berkeley, musical programs, publications on folklore, and a script for a TV Learning Course in which he participated.

Arragon - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Reginald Francis ('Rex') Arragon (1891-1986) taught history at Reed from 1923 through 1962.  He was a strong influence on many generations of students and changed the curriculum in many ways, perhaps most notably in gathering information about the teaching of humanities nationwide, developing a plan with Reed faculty, and then instituting Reed's Humanities program in 1943.  Arragon was active academically and spent many years lecturing and teaching elsewhere.  Locally, he belonged to many research, art, and music organizations, founding and chairing the Portland Friends of Chamber Music.

Ausplund - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Ada Wilde Ausplund (1891-1991) attended Reed as an older student, graduating in 1928. Her papers consist of Reed College class and senior thesis notes, class schedules, and graded class papers with professors' comments.

Avshalomov - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Jacob Avshalomov (1919-    ) graduated from Reed College in 1943 and married Doris Felde, also class of '43.  He played percussion and cello in the Portland Junior Symphony before earning advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music.  Avshalomov taught music at Columbia University from 1946 to 1954 before returning to Portland to become the Conductor of the Portland Junior Symphony, retiring after 40 years in 1994.

Barnard - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Mary Ethel Barnard (1909-2002) graduated from Reed in 1932, influenced and befriended by Reed professors Lloyd Reynolds, Rex Arragon, and V.L.O. Chittick. Her poetry and translation of Sappho are still read today, and she corresponded with Ezra Pound and other leading literary figures of her day. Her papers consist of copies of her prose and poetical works, poetry cards, minor correspondence, manuscripts of Sappho and The Mythmakers, and news clippings.

Binford and Mort Collection - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Presented by Janet Walker Binford, the Binford & Mort publishing collection comprises a library of that company's published titles, publicity flyers and lists, and some of the illustrative materials used in their books, particularly photographs illustrating books about Northwest Native Americans.  Janet Walker '36 married Thomas Peter Binford, heir to the Binford & Mort publishing firm started in Portland in 1892 as Metropolitan Printing.

Bunnett Papers - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Joseph Bunnett (1921-    ) graduated in chemistry from Reed in 1942 and gained a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester three years later.  He taught at Reed from 1946 through 1952 and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brown University, and finally the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he retired in 1991.  Active professionally, Bunnet became an expert in the detection and destruction of chemical warfare agents and served with many national and international bodies, some working to deal with the decommissioning of the Soviet military arsenal. 

Chambreau Papers - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
The library holds the manuscript papers and other ephemera of Edouard Chambreau (1821-1902), an army scout from 1876 to 1880 under General O.O. Howard in the Northwest. Arriving in Oregon from Montreal in 1847, Chambreau's diary, correspondence, and memoir bring alive this period in Oregon's early history. A gift of his granddaughter, Wynifred Chambreau Grasle (Mrs. W.R. Grasle), the collection also contains military medals, deeds, clippings, and other records.

Doyle Papers - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Albert Ernest Doyle (1877-1928) became one of the best-known Portland architects of his time, and his buildings still impress, from the Multnomah County Library to the U. S. National Bank Building.  He was picked as the Reed architect for the first decade of building on campus, including the iconic Old Dorm Block, Eliot Hall, Prexy, and the Woodstock Houses.  His early architectural training was with Whidden & Lewis, then working with partner William Patterson.  Later, Doyle was appointed to the Board of Regents at Reed and participated in many Portland groups.

Early Printing - Finding Aid
The Early Printing Collection consists of dozens of examples of early printed works dating from 1476 through the 18th century. A few more recent examples of fine printing and several facsimile pages are also included. The examples consist primarily of the printing examples collected by Professor Lloyd Reynolds and used in his teaching at Reed (1929-1969) and gifts from Steven Herold '63.

Eddings Papers - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
David Eddings (1931-2009) graduated from Reed in 1954, the first two years being spent at Everett Junior College.  Interested in acting and literature, Eddings wrote plays, short stories, and novels all his life.  At the age of 41, he was finally successful at getting his work published when he changed genres from action/adventure to fantasy, which became phenomenally successful.  Eddings wrote 24 fantasy novels and three other works during his career, many with his wife, Leigh Schall Eddings.

Eliot - Catalog Entry
Thomas Lamb Eliot (1841-1936) served as a critically important element in the founding and initial stages of Reed College as an academic institution. A Unitarian minister, T.L. and his wife, Henrietta Eliot, were friends of Simeon and Amanda Reed. Eliot encouraged and oversaw the foundation of The Reed Institute, then acted as Trustee and Regent of the college for the rest of his life. His papers include the extensive correspondence of both him and his wife from the 1860s up through the 1930s, annual diaries, sermons, business documents, and papers connected with the college as well as the diaries and papers of his son, William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr., which extends the period covered into the 1950s.

GladstoneFinding Aid – Catalog Entry
Herbert Ballantine Gladstone (1915-2011) taught music at Reed from 1946 through 1980, working with many different choral and orchestral groups over the years.  He was a mainstay of Reed’s Gilbert and Sullivan productions during the late 1940s and 1950s.  Active in the Portland music scene, Gladstone served on the board of the Portland Symphony Society and the Portland Junior Symphony, and he served as director of the Friends of Chamber Music.  His papers consist of research notes for his doctoral thesis on Orlande de Lassus, extensive correspondence, and materials associated with the New Savoy Company and the Gilbert and Sullivan productions.

Goldenweiser - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Alexander Alexandrovich Goldenweiser (1880-1940) held the post of Visiting Professor of Sociology at Reed from 1933 to 1939. He was an anthropologist, and the collection consists mainly of papers concerning his Iroquois Field Notes: transcriptions of Iroquois, lists of Iroquois Chiefs, lists of Iroquois botanical terms, and genealogical and clan name lists. The papers also include his notes from classes taught by Franz Boas at Columbia University, drafts of scholarly papers and books, reviews, and some correspondence.

GreenFinding AidCatalog Entry
Nancy Stewart Green (1929-    ) attended Reed with the class of 1950.  She is the daughter of Reed economics professor Blair Stewart ’21 who taught from 1925 to 1949.  Her sister Almalee Stewart Henderson also attended Reed (1947).  The papers consist of class notes and handouts for the years 1946 to 1950.

Goodsell - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Jane Neuberger Goodsell (1921-1988) graduated from Reed in 1942 as an English literature major. She wrote at least eight children's books and a newspaper column, and her papers include both manuscripts and clippings about her writings as well as biographical information.

GriffinFinding AidCatalog Entry
Frank Loxley Griffin (1881-1969) was the first faculty member selected at Reed College.  Graduated from the University of Chicago, he taught mathematics at Reed from 1911 to 1952.  He returned in 1954 as acting president of Reed for two years upon Ballantine’s resignation during the HUAC upheaval.  The papers include materials about his teaching and publications.

Hancock - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
John E. H. Hancock (1929-1989) taught at Reed College for his entire career as a Chemistry Professor; he also helped initiate the Collegium Musicum and played several early instruments. His papers comprise the manuscripts for two works, "Guides to Research in Organic Chemistry" and "On the Christening of Organic Compounds, a study in Organic Chemical Nomenclature", co-written with Ned Hall.

IssermanFinding AidCatalog Entry
Maurice Isserman graduated from Reed College in 1973 and is now a history professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.  His papers include correspondence, class essays, syllabi and exams from 1968-1969, FBI papers on Isserman and his activities in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Portland Revolutionary Youth Movement (PRYM), draft card, and Reed ephemeral publications.

Johansen - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Dorothy Olga Johansen (1904-1999) became an icon at Reed as an instructor, then Professor of History, 1933-1969, and then archivist until 1984. One of the few women on staff during the mid-century years and one of the longest serving, she wrote widely on regional history and lectured to generations of students. Author of a manuscript history of Reed College, 1911-1919, and many articles about Simeon Reed, his businesses, and the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from Reed in 1933, became a graduate assistant at the college, and earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington while teaching at Reed. Her papers include correspondence, reviews, clippings, typescripts, and materials relating to the Portland public schools and regional and college research.

Johnson & ClineFinding AidCatalog Entry
Arlien G. Johnson (d.1988) was a Reed graduate from 1917 who earned her PhD in social work from the University of Chicago.  She was a national leader in the field of social work, a prolific writer, and a dean at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.  Her sister, Mildred A. Cline (1910-2000), graduated from Reed in 1932 and became a librarian in Oregon and California.  The papers consist of ephemera, correspondence, awards, and photographs.

MacBean - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Charles Edward MacBean (1899-1984) graduated from Reed in 1932 and, at the height of the Depression, could find no teaching job so became a logger. He remained in logging and construction all his life. MacBean translated Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and other Greek texts into English dactyllic hexameter, and several manuscript translations exist in these papers, along with various poems, plays, and biographical materials.

MacoubrieFinding AidCatalog Entry
R. Monteith Macoubrie graduated from Reed in 1942 and earned a Master of Arts in Education from Reed in 1956.  He taught in the Portland Public Schools.  His papers contain class notes and paper from Albany College, later Lewis and Clark, to 1938 and from Reed to 1942.  Also included are training materials from his Air-Navigation Training in the U.S. Army, 1942-1943, as well as other ephemera from World War II.

Manley - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Albert S. Manley (1924-1989) taught fencing part-time at Reed for more than twenty years. His book, Complete Fencing, was published in 1979, and the galley proofs, typescripts, index, and layout of that book comprise this collection.

McCabeFinding AidCatalog Entry
Mary McCabe was the director of Reed’s dormitories and commons from 1955 to 1978.  Her papers consist of the correspondence and other materials related to her job detailing food and building maintenance concerns and the interactions with students, faculty, and staff.  Several collections of recipes are included.

McKinleyFinding AidCatalog Entry
Charles McKinley (1889-1970) taught political science at Reed from 1918 until his retirement in 1960, when Reed awarded him an honorary LL.D. degree.  McKinley was very active outside of Reed; he taught as a visiting professor elsewhere, served as a consultant for many bodies and a member of many others for both Portland and the nation, and he wrote widely about political science.  A dormitory is named in his honor on campus.  His papers consist of biographical information, book reviews, correspondence, Northwest Regional Committee Papers, Reed College Committee Papers, and reports and speeches to various academic, governmental, and civic organizations along with his recollections of the history of Reed College.

Monteith & Pipe FamilyFinding AidCatalog Entry
The Monteith and Pipe families were early Oregon pioneers who settled in Albany.  R. Monteith Macoubrie ’42 is a descendant and presented these papers to Reed.  They consist of an early will, land documents, a lawsuit, tax returns, obituaries, and correspondence.  People mentioned are Isabella Monteith (1825), Walter Monteith (1865), J.V. and Charlotte Pipe (1915-1925) John M. Pipe (1931-1959), and Christine Pipe.

MurphyFinding AidCatalog Entry
Francis Seward Murphy (1914-2003) and Clare Eastham Cooke Murphy (d.1991) were both Reed graduates, he in 1936, she in 1938.  An anthropology major at Reed, he worked at the Oregonian before and after his army stint in 1942-1946.  He was a columnist and radio/ television editor until his retirement.  Murphy’s interest in archeology and photography took him around the world but most often to Mayan ruins in the Yucatan; his book is on the Dragon Mask Temples in Central Yucatan (1988).  The papers consist of photographs, slides, and ephemera from their travels.

Nemoy - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
The Maury Nemoy Papers contain correspondence, mostly about his calligraphic work and teaching, from the 1950s through the 1970s, and job tickets representing the great bulk of Nemoy's calligraphic work for both commercial and private clients, including the titling for many Hollywood movies. They were given by his son, Sheldon Nemoy, in 2006.

Noble - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
George Bernard Noble (1892-1972) was Professor of Political Science at Reed from 1922 through 1947. A Rhodes scholar from the University of Washington, he served in the Army during World War I, then received a Ph.D. from Columbia University before teaching at several universities and then coming to Reed. While at Reed, he served in the Oregon Senate for a year and on other government boards. In 1946, Noble entered federal service, overseeing the production of the Foreign Relations of the United States series for 16 years and becoming Under Secretary of State for Eisenhower. He wrote several books including a biography of Secretary of State Christian Herter. The Noble papers comprise many of his teaching notes along with extensive personal and official correspondence, manuscripts, and government documents.

PierceFinding AidCatalog Entry
Cornelia Marvin Pierce (1873-1957) earned her library degree from the Armour Institute in Chicago in 1896.  After serving as the secretary of the Oregon Library Commission in 1905, she became the first Oregon State Librarian and greatly expanded the book program by her retirement in 1928, when she married Oregon Governor Walter M. Pierce.  When he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, she wrote many of his speeches and helped advance New Deal programs.  The papers consist of State Library reports, copies of her publications, correspondence, bibliographies, biographical information, photographs, and diaries.  She was a good friend of Reed Professor Dorothy O. Johansen.

Reed - Catalog Entry
Simeon (1830-1895) and Amanda (1832-1904) Reed were the founders of Reed College. Simeon Reed was a business magnate in Portland, having arrived from Massachusetts and worked his way up from shop jobs to owning the Oregon Steam and Navigation Company, several mines, and many other enterprises. Having no children, Amanda inherited upon his death and bequeathed their money to establish The Reed Institute in 1904, which was accomplished with the help of T.L. Eliot, their nephew Martin Winch, and others. Amanda's will was contested by other family members for four years before the trustees could move forward, opening the doors of the college in 1911. The collection contains financial records, images, and some biographical materials.

Reynolds - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Lloyd J. Reynolds (1902-1978) attended the University of Oregon and Oregon State before arriving at Reed as an Instructor in English and Creative Writing in 1929. He became interested in italic calligraphy in the 1930s and taught it informally until 1948, when Reed offered his course for credit. Through his wide-ranging studies, he developed interests in Zen and Eastern philosophies, art history, the history of handwriting and scripts, self-responsibility, and a broad world view, which he imparted to legions of fascinated students. He retired as a full Professor of Art in 1969 but continued teachng calligraphy to teachers and others until his death.

SmithFinding AidCatalog Entry
James Leonard Smith was a friend of Reed Professor Dorothy O. Johansen.  His papers contain papers and ephemera from the 1940s documenting his work, correspondence, and interests.

Snyder/Hennessey - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Gary Snyder (1930-) graduated from Reed College in 1951 along with Phil Whalen ('51) and Lew Welch ('50) who all became well-known "Beat Poets". Snyder studied Oriental languages at Berkeley, worked for 8 years as a forest lookout, trail crewman, logger, and seaman, and lived in Japan for almost a decade between 1956 and 1968, marrying there while studying Zen Buddhist texts and Far Eastern culture. Author of many books of poetry and prose, he has taught at the University of California, Davis, since 1985. The collection, given by his mother, Lois Snyder Hennessey, contains correspondence to his mother along with a few photographs, clippings, and other biographical materials.

UlmanFinding AidCatalog Entry
Seth Powers Ulman (1920-2000) was professor of literature and director of the theatre at Reed from 1959 to 1973.  He left as Professor of theatre.  While at Reed, Ulman directed many plays; several of those student actors went on to become outstanding playwrights.  He taught elsewhere and presented, among others, one-man shows on Walt Whitman.  His papers cover his career at Reed and earlier, including correspondence, play production notes, reading notes, some original work, programs, props, flyers, and translations.

WatsonFinding AidCatalog Entry
Sally Lou Watson graduated from Reed in 1950 in literature.  She has authored over a dozen novels for young adults focusing on historical fiction.  The papers consist of diaries, sketchbooks, and writings by Watson, most from the World War II period and later through her time at Reed.

Whalen - Finding Aid - Catalog Entry
Philip Glenn Whalen (1923-2002) attended Reed on the GI Bill after serving in the Army Air Forces in World War II. Graduating in 1951, he moved to San Francisco and participated in the "Beat Poet" group, publishing many volumes of poetry and living in Japan from 1958 through 1971. Whalen returned to San Francisco to become a Zen Buddhist monk and, later, abbot. His manuscript collection contains correspondence to him up through 1965 and manuscripts of several of his books. Letters received from Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, and other poets including Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Laurence Ferlinghetti, and Allen Ginsberg, are featured in the collection.

WilliamsFinding AidCatalog Entry
Lois Marietta Williams (1893-1980) graduated from Reed in 1916 in ancient Greek, proceeding to a career in sociology and physical education.  The papers consist of her diaries, biographical information, correspondence, photographs, publications and clippings, particularly about her Brazilian YWCA work in the 1930s and 1940s.

Women's Committee - Finding Aid
Founded in 1956 under the leadership of Carrie Hervin and Cheryl Scholz MacNaughton, the Reed College Women's Committee provided a forum for "women who had good minds, used them and had regard for intellectual concerns" who also wished to support the goals and students of Reed College. Their annual lecture series highlighted contemporary political and social affairs and drew widely from the wider Portland community. Proceeds supported many student scholarships. The Committee existed for 50 years until 2006.