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Guide to the Fred Lockley Papers
1839-1958 (bulk 1930-1955)
  MS 389

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Fred Lockley Papers
Dates: 1839-1958 (bulk 1930-1955)
Abstract: This collection documents the career and family life of journalist, author, and rare book dealer Fred Lockley. Much of the material pertains to the history of the Pacific Northwest, and to Oregon, in particular. The Fred Lockley Papers primarily contain correspondence, essays and interviews, and diaries.
Quantity: 2.6 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 389

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Biographical Note

1871 March 19 Fred Lockley born to Frederic E. Lockley and Elizabeth Metcalf Campbell, Leavenworth, KS.
1895 Lockley receives B.S. from Willamette University, OR.
1897 June 16 Marries Hope Gans, who dies in [1928]. Their children are Frederick Llewelyn, Lawrence Campbell, and Hope.
1900 Lockley works as a postal clerk and for the Nome Nugget newspaper in Nome, Alaska.
1905-1910 Lockley is general manager of Pacific Monthly magazine.
1911 Lockley joins the newspaper the Oregon Journal, where he serves as a columnist into the 1950s.
1917-1918 Serves as a war correspondent in France for the Oregon Journal,  New York Herald, and  London Globe.
1930 Feb. 19 Marries Laura Simpson.
1958 Lockley dies, [Portland].

Fred Lockley was a journalist and author of numerous books on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. His columns in the Oregon Journal drew from thousands of interviews of Northwest residents. He also worked as a rare book dealer, specializing in the American West.

See Who's Who in America, 1950-1951, Vol. 26.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the career and family life of journalist, author, and rare book dealer Fred Lockley. Much of the material pertains to the history of the Pacific Northwest, and to Oregon, in particular. The Fred Lockley Papers primarily contain correspondence, essays and interviews, and diaries. Correspondence includes letters from Lockley's friends, family members, colleagues, and readers; letters and copies of letters from Lockley; and letters between various family members. The bulk of letters concern personal matters, Lockley's columns and publications, rare books and book sales, Western history and reminiscences, and travels. This collection also contains copies of Lockley's essays and interviews with Northwest residents, some of which were presumably published in his column in the Oregon Journal. In addition, several date books for Fred Lockley and his second wife, Laura Simpson Lockley, detail daily life for the couple in the 1930s. The Fred Lockley Papers also contain a small amount of genealogical material, financial records, prints and photographs, ephemera, poetry, clippings, and notes.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three major series: Correspondence, Essays and Interviews, and Diaries and Volumes. There are also nine single folder series, including genealogical and family material, financial records, photographs, prints, poetry, ephemera, certificates, clippings, and notes.

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1839-1958, undated
  2. Series II: Essays and Interviews, 1919, 1951-1955, undated
  3. Series III: Diaries and Volumes, 1880-1939
  4. Single Folder Series

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Campbell, Elizabeth Metcalf.
  • James, Edith M.
  • Lockley, Elizabeth Campbell.
  • Lockley, Frederick E., 1825-1906.
  • Lockley, Laura Simpson.
  • Lockley, Lawrence Campbell, 1899-
  • Lockley, Maude.
  • Metcalf, Margaret.
  • Simon, Nathan D.
  • Treadwell, George A.
  • Vail, R.W.G. (Robert William Glenroie), 1890-1966.

Document Type

  • Autograph albums.
  • Correspondence.
  • Diaries.

Subject Places

  • California -- Description and travel.
  • London (England) -- History -- Bombardment, 1940-1941.
  • New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • New York (State) -- Social life and customs.
  • Oregon -- Biography.
  • Schuylerville (N.Y.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Family Name(s)

  • Campbell family.
  • Lockley family.
  • Metcalf family.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Numerous donations by Lockley, 1950s.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Fred Lockley Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1839-1958, undated

Subseries 1: Letters to Lockley, 1897-1955

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes letters from Lockley's friends, family members (especially in Montana and Hawaii), colleagues, and readers. Material concerns personal matters, Lockley's columns and publications, rare books and book sales, Western history and reminiscences, and travels. Also included are several letters from Lockley's grandson, Neil Lockley, a sergeant in the Air Force serving in Korea, 1951. A number of items in this subseries are annotated by Lockley.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letters to Lockley
1897, 1901-1915
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Letters to Lockley
1917-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Letters to Lockley
1923-1926
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters to Lockley
1927-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters to Lockley
1931-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters to Lockley
1934-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letters to Lockley
1940-1944
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Letters to Lockley
1945-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Letters to Lockley
1950
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Letters to Lockley
1951
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Letters to Lockley
1952
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Letters to Lockley, from Hawaiian school children
1952 Oct.
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Letters to Lockley
1953
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Letters to Lockley
1954-1955
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Letters to Lockley, Undated and Fragments (also Alienated Envelopes)
Undated

Subseries 2: Letters from Lockley, 1882-1955

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains letters, and copies of letters, from Lockley to various friends and family members. Topics include travels, rare books, Western history, and the death of Lockley's daughter, Hope, in 1920. Also included are several letters from France in 1918, written while Lockley served as a war correspondent, and two letters written from Nome, Alaska in 1900.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Letters from Lockley
1882-1905
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Letters from Lockley
1910-1918, [1918]
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Letters from Lockley
1920-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Letters from Lockley
1950-1952
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Letters from Lockley
1953-1955
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Letters from Lockley
Undated

Subseries 3: Letters between Others, 1839-1955

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to and from various family members, including Lockley's mother, grandmother, and sister. Also included are a few letters to and from Lockley's son, Lawrence, and a set of correspondence between Lockley's father, Frederic E., and mother, Elizabeth Campbell.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Letters between Others, Frederic E. Lockley and Elizabeth Campbell
1860-1861
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Letters between Others
1839-1955

Subseries 4: Letters between Lockley and R.W.G. Vail, 1944-1958

Scope and Contents note

Letters between Lockley and R.W.G. Vail, director of The New-York Historical Society, many of which concern donations.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Letters between Lockley and Vail
1944-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Letters between Lockley and Vail
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Letters between Lockley and Vail
1953
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Letters between Lockley and Vail
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Letters between Lockley and Vail
1956-1958
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Letters between Lockley and Vail--Undated and Alienated Envelopes
Undated

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Series II: Essays and Interviews, 1919, 1951-1955, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series primarily contains copies of Lockley's essays and interviews with Northwest residents, some of which were presumably published in his column in the Oregon Journal. Most are untitled and undated. Also included is a draft of Lockley's "Historic Portland," as well as several essays by others, including his son, Lawrence Lockley.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 12 "Historic Portland" (1 of 2)
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 13 "Historic Portland" (2 of 2)
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Essays and Interviews
1951-1953
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Essays and Interviews
Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Essays by Others
1919, 1952-1955, undated

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Series III: Diaries and Volumes, 1880-1939

Scope and Contents note

This series contains primarily date books for Fred Lockley and his second wife, Laura Simpson Lockley. Lockley's date books contain lists of books with prices, daily expenses and events. Laura S. Lockley's date books detail daily events. Also included in this series are an autograph book of Lockley's sister, Maude (1880-1883) and a book of telegrams from 1889 congratulating Nathan D. Simon and his wife on their marriage.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 Fred Lockley: Date Books
1927, 1934-1935, 1939
Box: 6 Laura Simpson Lockley: Date Books
1933, 1935-1939
Box: 6 Maude Lockley: Autograph Book
1880-1883
Box: 6 Nathan D. Simon: Telegram Book
1889

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Single Folder Series

Series IV. Genealogical and Family Material, 1864-1865, 1891, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series includes genealogies and notes on family members, Frederic E. Lockley's Civil War military records, and locks of hair.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Genealogical and Family Material
1864-1865, 1891, undated

Series V. Financial Records, 1862-1952

Scope and Contents note

This series includes invoices, statements, and stock information. Also included are price lists for books sold by Lockley.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Financial Records
1862-1952

Series VI. Photographs, [1892], [1905-1910], undated

Scope and Contents note

This series includes three portraits of Lockley at various ages, as well as several disparate photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Photographs
[1892], [1905-1910], undated

Series VII. Prints, Maps, Artifacts, 1876, 1911, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series includes prints of Oregon sites, a map of South Australia, and a small paper weaving done by Lockley at age five.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Prints, Maps, Artifacts
1876, 1911, undated

Series VIII. Poetry, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains copies of poetry, from various sources.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Poetry
Undated

Series IX. Ephemera, 1919-1954, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series includes circulars, invitations, direct mail, business and calling cards, membership cards, and tickets.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Ephemera
1919-1954, undated

Series X. Certificates, 1892-1951

Scope and Contents note

This series contains military certificates; club, fraternity, and church membership certificates; and certificates documenting library donations. Most items pertain to Lockley.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Certificates
1892-1951

Series XI. Clippings, 1901-1954

Scope and Contents note

This series contains newspaper clippings, including copies of Lockley's Oregon Journal column "Lockley's Impressions," and the obituary of Frederic E. Lockley.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Clippings
1901-1954

Series XII. Notes, Copies, Fragments

Scope and Contents note

This series contains unidentified and undated notes, and copies of various unrelated documents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Notes, Copies, Fragments
Undated

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