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Sybil Westenhouse Research papers on Oregon and the City of Salem

Identifier: WUA037

Scope and Contents

The Sybil Westenhouse Research papers on Oregon and the City of Salem includes a broad spectrum of information on the history of the city of Salem and the state of Oregon, dating from the early 1800s up to the 1990s. Included in this collection are newspaper clippings, book selections with her personal notes, and a number of research materials on William and Chloe Clarke Willson. The collection also includes the papers and accompanying notes taken in a class in the fall of 1987 on the history of Oregon.


  • 1810-2009


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.

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Biographical / Historical

Sybil Westenhouse was born in Eugene, Oregon. Her paternal family has lived on a farm east of Scio since 1894, and, since the turn of the century, her maternal family has lived in the Salem, Dallas, and Independence areas. While in Salem, Sybil attended Englewood Elementary for three years. She later attended Oregon State College and received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Retired from teaching, she has been able to devote more of her time to the pursuit of historical information in depth, including doing research for classroom history projects. Sybil continues to volunteer on the Salem Public Library Advisory Board and the Northwest Neighborhood Association Board.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The Sybil Westenhouse collection covers the years 1810 to 2009 and documents her research on the history of Salem and Oregon.


The collection retains original order when possible.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Separated Materials

Books have been removed from this collection for preservation purposes. A list of book titles is available upon request.
Guide to the Sybil Westenhouse Research papers on Oregon and the City of Salem, 1810-2009
Finding aid processed by Bria Robertson and Ben Solseng.
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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