Inventory of the Gilkison Family Diaries 1929-1934 Gilkison Family Diaries Mss. Acc. 2009.240

Inventory of the Gilkison Family Diaries 1929-1934

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Accession Number Mss. Acc. 2009.240


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01/Mss. Acc. 2009.240
Gilkison Family Diaries 1929, 1931-1934
Alternate Extent Statement:
5 volumes.
Gilkison familyGilkison, Ralph Eugene, b. 1888Gilkison, Rena, 1894-1984 arrangement
Language of Materials
The papers are in: English

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Rena E. Gilkison Diaries, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired by Special Collections Research Center on 05/27/2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned and processed in June 2009 by Ute Schechter.

Biographical Note

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Scope and Contents

Diaries, 1929, 1931-1934, of the Gilkison family who lived on a farm in  Broadbent, Oregon.  The mother, Rena Gilkison (1894-1984) wrote most of the entries, others were done by one or several of the children, Donald, Clemmet and Kathleen. The name in the front of the diaries is given as 'Ralph E.' or 'Ralph Eugene Wilkison and family'.The diary labeled '1928' was kept for the year 1929 and corrections to the year and sometimes weekday were made inside the diary.The following description of these Depression era diaries was provided by the seller:"These books are records of daily life, settling a home, farm and ranch in the Southern Oregon coast area.  There are accounts of cooking, baking, building, hunting, berry picking, gardening, caring for livestock, traveling by horseback, illnesses, logging, splitting shakes, forest fires, building a school, fishing, celebrating holidays, traveling, shopping and lots of visiting of friends and neighbors.  Some of the towns mentioned are, North Bend, Powers, Marshfield, Bandon, Coquille, as well as trips to Bend, Eugene, and Klamath Falls.  Some of the names of family friends are Barkley, Lawson, Hillis, Shepard, Dosse, Garret, Smith, Laird, Herman, Derment, and Brown.  These depression era diaries contain fascinating references to “hunting steelhead at night”, cooking fish eggs, hiding a button in a birthday cake, finding “bee trees,” etc."

Index Terms

    Genre/Form of Material:

  • Diaries
  • Geographic Name:

  • Oregon--Social life and customs.
  • Topical Term:

  • Farm life--Oregon--History--20th century.
  • Farmers--Oregon
  • Women--Diaries.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Gilkison, Ralph Eugene, b. 1888
  • Gilkison, Rena, 1894-1984