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Mary Drain Albro Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-8

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence; typescripts of several publications by Mary Drain Albro, including The Pioneer Rose Trail and Eternal Light: A Legend of the First White Mother of Old Oregon, Marcissa [sic for Narcissa] Prentiss Whitman and The Pioneer Rose Trail; biographical information; programs for the Old Memorial Rose Dedication at Pacific University; newspaper clippings pertaining to the Pioneer Rose Association of Oregon; photographs of the dedication of a memorial boulder on the Pacific University campus and other topics; and other materials related to roses and rose growing. In addition, there is a photocopy of the booklet, Wagon Trails Lead to Roses in December: A Pioneer History of Drain, Oregon by Jen Carlson.


  • 1942-2010

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.

Biographical Note

Mary Drain Albro (1876-1962) was a founding member of the Pioneer Rose Association, established in 1936 to locate and preserve the roses brought to Oregon by the pioneers. In 1942 the Pioneer Rose Association dedicated a Pioneer Rose Garden on the campus of Pacific University, in memory of Tabitha Brown. A large, 17-ton boulder with a memorial plaque honoring Oregon pioneer women was added to the garden by the Portland Rosarians in 1949 for Pacific University's centennial celebration.

Albro was born and raised in Drain, Oregon, and attended nursing school in San Francisco. After a 40 year career as a nurse, she became involved with a variety of historical organizations, including Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers and the Pioneer Rose Association.


0.75 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to Mary Drain Albro, founder of the Pioneer Rose Association, and the Old Memorial Rose Dedication at Pacific University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Drain Albro, 1949, with undated accretions


No accruals are expected.
Guide to the Mary Drain Albro Collection
Linda Morton-Keithley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

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