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President Sidney Harper Marsh (1853 - 1879) Manuscript Collection

President Sidney Harper Marsh (1853 - 1879) Manuscript Collection

This collection documents the activities of Sidney H. Marsh while at Tualatin Academy and later as President of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon from 1853 until his death in 1879. The majority of the correspondence and documents record his efforts in obtaining monies for the college through subscriptions, the financial records for the school, writings promoting and defending education in Oregon, relationships between business partners, early founders, students, and faculty members. The writings include sermons as a Congregational Minister, early writings before his move to Oregon including poetry and a play. Notable writings include a history from Sidney H. Marsh and George H. Atkinson, a composition on “Hamlet,” and the play “Schools for Young Ladies.”

A portion of the collection has been acquired through James Wheelock Marsh, Sidney H. Marsh’s son, which includes letters after the death of Sidney H. Marsh, examples of his own writings “Oregon Reports” and notes on the collection. Materials were also acquired from Theodore Whittelsey, Jr., Sidney H. Marsh’s grandson, and Emily Peterson, grand-daughter of Joseph W. Marsh.

Rights/Usage Information

Materials are in the public domain. All requests for permission to publish, quote or reproduce from archival materials must be submitted in writing to the Library Director or University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Pacific University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.