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Viola Price Franklin letter collection

Identifier: WUA010

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1849-1941


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

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 Willamette University librarian from 1918 to 1936. During her time at Willamette University, Viola worked in the University library.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)


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.


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

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Custodial History

Letters collected by Viola Price Franklin, wife of Willamette University Librarian, Dr. F. G. Franklin, and presented to Willamette University by Maude A. Price, sister of Viola Price Franklin, 1946.


Alcott, Louisa May, Madeleine B. Stern, Joel Myerson, and Daniel Shealy. The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Little, Brown. 1987.
Guide to the Viola Price Franklin letter collection, 1849-1941
Finding aid processed by Rose Marie Walter.
© 2011
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States