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Crayon portrait of unidentified man

 Collection — Folder: MS.18
Identifier: MS-18

Scope and Contents

A crayon portrait of an unidentified man, possibly from the greater Portland area, probably created circa 1880-1910; and a newspaper fragment formerly used in its frame as padding. The portrait was formerly in the possession of a Forest Grove resident and may depict an early Forest Grove community member, similar in appearance to Sidney Harper Marsh. The format of the portrait, a crayon enlargement, is based a photographic process used from about 1860 until the early 20th century. The portrait was removed from a ca. 1900 frame, which was returned to the donor. The fragment of an unidentified 1908 agricultural newspaper was used as padding within this frame.


  • circa 1860-1890

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


1 folders (1 oversize folder)


A crayon portrait of an unidentified man, possibly from the greater Portland area, probably created circa 1880-1910.

Custodial History

The earliest known owner of the portrait was a long-time Forest Grove, Oregon, resident, whose name is not recorded. This resident's possessions were acquired in the 2000s by Valerie Warren, owner of "Heirloom Antiques," an antiques store located at 2038 Main Street, Forest Grove, one block away from the campus of Pacific University. Mark Bailey, a professor, noticed the portrait and thought that it might depict the university's first president, Sidney Harper Marsh. He arranged for the donation of the portrait from Valerie Warren to the Pacific University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Valerie Warren, owner of Heirloom Antiques, Forest Grove, OR.


No accurals are expected.




Guide to the Crayon Portrait of Unidentified Man
Eva Guggemos
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

2043 College Way
Forest Grove OR 97116 United States