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Guide to the Viola Price Franklin letter collection
Viola Price Franklin letter collection
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Guide to the Viola Price Franklin letter collection


Guide to the Viola Price Franklin letter collection


The Viola Price Franklin letter collection contains letters and notes from many well-known figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Susan B. Anthony, Zane Grey, Dante Rossetti, Dorothy Dix and Louisa May Alcott.

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Collection Guide




Willamette University University Archives and Special Collection

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6845; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email:; URL:

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number



Materials are in English.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author.

Biographical/Historical Note

Viola Price Franklin was a teacher, writer, librarian, literary critic, and collector of autographs during her lifetime. Her husband, Dr. Frank Franklin, was a professor of social sciences and then professor of library science and the University librarian from 1918 to 1936. During her time at Willamette University Viola worked in the University library.


1 linear foot

Content Description

The Viola Price Franklin letter collection contains letters and autographs collected by Viola Price Franklin. Most of the letters were written to either Viola or her brother, Charles W. Price, who was secretary of the Lotos Club, a literary society in New York. The letters were written during the late 19th century and early 20th century and are from a wide variety of people, many of them well-known. There are letters to Viola from well-known authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Viola Price Franklin also collected the autographs of authors. The collection contains letters written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Robert Browning, among others.

Letters from Zane Grey, Sir James Barrie and William Howard Taft are among those addressed to Charles W. Price.


Price, Charles W.

Alcott, Louisa May

Allen, Henry James

Anthony, Susan B.

Astor, J. J.

Atherton,Gertrude Franklin Horn

Barrie, Sir James Matthew

Beck, James Montgomery

Benet, William Rose

Bingham, Hiram

Broun, Heywood

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

Bryan, William Jennings

Cannon, Joseph Gurney

Capper, Arthur

Clark, William A.

Cockran, William Bourke

Coolidge, John Calvin

Copeland, Royal Samuel

Depew, Chauncey Mitchell

Dewey, John

Dix, Dorothy

Douglass, Frederick

Edge, Walter Evans

Edison, Thomas

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Emerson, Raymond

Forbes, Edward W.

Goethals, George Washington

Grey, Zane

Hanna, Marcus Alonzo

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth

Holmes, Oliver Wendell

Hoover, Herbert Clark (1874-1964)

Howe, Julia Ward

Ingalls, John James

Kennedy, John P.

Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne

Longfellow, Alice Mary

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

MacLeish, Archibald

McCormick, Ruth Hanna

Noyes, Arthur

Peck, Morton E.

Rockefeller, John Davidson Jr.

Roosevelt, Theodore

Root, Elihu

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Sinclair, Upton Beall

Skinner, Otis

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady

Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930

Wilson, Woodrow

Zimmern, Helen



Special Collections

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.


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