PCL MS 170 Elizabeth Chabot Forrest Collection
|Title||PCL MS 170 Elizabeth Chabot Forrest Collection|
The Elizabeth Chabot Forrest Collection consists of approximately 9.5 cubic feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by the author's duaghter, Elizabeth L. Freeman, in 1999. This collection is minimally processed. Questions about this collection may be addressed to the BPCL Reference email. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection. The finding aid for this collection was prepared in February 2018 by Stephen Ammidown, Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist, with an inventory by Sylvio Lynch, III, Graduate Student Assistant.
|Biographical Sketch||Elizabeth Chabot Forrest was an author and teacher. Born Elizabeth Chabot on August 4, 1892 in Pierce, Washington, she attended Hoquiam High School before briefly attending Mills College in Oakland, California. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, her father withdrew her from Mill and she returned to Washington to attend Washington State Normal School where she received an Elementary Education certificate in 1913. Chabot married Earle Memorial Forrest on January 1, 1913 and the couple took up residence on a homestead farm in Crook County, Oregon. Elizabeth taught in a local school, while Earle tried to make a go as a farmer.|
In the book Daylight Moon, Elizabeth recounts that life on the farm was harsh and unforgiving, and soon the couple was looking for other opportunities. A letter from a friend led the Forrests to sign up for a year as teachers in the Inuit community of Wainwright, Alaska. They spent three years in Wainwright before moving on to Akaik. Daylight Moon is an account of the time the couple spent in Wainwright.
The couple divorced around 1928 and Elizabeth moved to Santa Monica, California where she got work as a teacher. She wrote extensively, mainly articles about Inuit culture and traditions as well as foodways, for publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Family Circle, as well as American Cookery.
Elizabeth returned to school and received her Bachelors in Education from University of California Los Angeles in 1933.
Daylight Moon was publised in 1937 and was a modest success, The book is still cited as an accurate depiction of life in Alaska in the first part of the 20th century. Forrest donated items from her time in Alaska to The Museum of Man in San Diego, California. The collection is known as The Elizabeth Chabot Forrest Collection of Inuit Scrimshaw and Traditional Tools.
Forrest continued to write articles for magazines and newspapers after the publication of Daylight Moon, but did not publish any more books.
|Scope and Content||This collection forcuses on the career of Elizabeth Chabot Forrest as a working writer. It includes handwritten diaries and notebooks, manuscripts in various stages, correspondence, and published work. The notes and manuscripts for her lone book Daylight Moon are included here, as well as materials relating to her myriad articles for newspapers and magazines. Topics of Forrest's writing, both fiction and non-fiction include Inuit culture of Alaska, cooking and foodways, travel, and education among many others.|
An oversized scrapbook collects many of Forrest's early writings for periodicals and newspapers, both non-fiction and fiction. Publications represented include The Christian Science Monitor, Children Magazine, Young People, The Goat World, West Coast Lumberman, Sunset Magazine and many more. Most of the articles from this time are on different topics that draw upon her experience in Alaska.
Researchers will find a great deal of information here about the daily life of a woman passionate about writing and the craft of writing in the early to mid 20th century.