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Charles Walker Papers

Identifier: MS-133

Content Description

Papers of Charles Walker, including his diaries from about 1906-1926 and 1940-1946, financial records, photographs correspondence, negatives, clippings, postcards and other ephemera.


  • 1880-1946


Biographical / Historical

Charles Walker grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Tualatin Academy in 1902 and then attended one year of college at Pacific University. After a few years as a piano and violin teacher, he went on to become an insurance agent in Hillsboro. Charles had a side job as a musician in a band that played at dances across the county. In this, he was following in the footsteps of his father Samuel A. T. Walker, a fiddler in the Walker Old Time Orchestra band. His wife, Blanche Winnette Sears Walker, was also musical: she was a piano teacher who graduated from McMinnville College (later known as Linfield). Most of the material relates to life near Forest Grove, Oregon circa 1900-1930. The diaries give good insight into the dances that took places around the county in the early 1900s.


2.5 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Charles Walker graduated from Tualatin Academy in 1902, after which time he attended Pacific University for one year. This collection contains his personal diaries, correspondence, photographs, postcards and other ephemera.
Guide to Charles Walker Papers
In Progress
Emily Johns
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

2043 College Way
Forest Grove OR 97116 United States