Letitia Carson was one of the first Black women to settle in Oregon. The Letitia Carson Digital History Collection was created by the Letitia Carson Legacy Project to bring together in one online, publicly available place, all the current biographical information, primary documents, photographs, and research being done about this remarkable woman and her story. The Collection also includes a “Digital Exhibits” series about different aspects of Letitia Carson’s life and legacy and ongoing research about her story.
Bob Zybach, a 2004 Ph.D. graduate of OSU’s College of Forestry, collected many of the documents pertaining to Letitia Carson. Dr. Zybach, along with historian Jan Meranda, is credited with uncovering Letitia Carson’s story during his master's degree program at OSU in the 1990s. The majority of documents in his collection come from the State Archives of Oregon and state and local repositories in Missouri and North Carolina. Dr. Zybach made his collection of documents and transcriptions available to the LCLP for inclusion on this site.
How to use this site?
- To learn more about the Letitia Carson Legacy Project, please visit About the LCLP and Who Are the Partners?
- For biographical information visit Who Was Letitia Carson? and Who Was David Carson?
- Jump to Items, to see archived documents, photos, maps, etc
- Explore Collections groupings of related items such as newspaper clippings, contemporary photographs, historical images, maps, and documents from Oregon, Missouri, and North Carolina
- Visit our eight current exhibits, a set of interactive pages that group items together to interpret a historical event, person, place, etc. in a contextualized manner
- Search the whole site by record (i.e. item, collection, file) using keywords, boolean methods, or exact match searching