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Title Doris Eastman Collection
Call Number MSS 95
Dates of Creation 1898-1969
Creator Dave Eastman
Scope & Content In series one, there are many documents pertaining to Doris Eastman and her work as the Editor of the Fargo Forum’s Women’s Pages. Included are articles that Mrs. Eastman wrote pertaining to topics such as Pioneer women. As well, there are a number of letters, both complete and incomplete, that Mrs. Eastman was wrote to an unknown person or persons. Five pages of writing do not fit with the current articles in this collection, and their correct articles do not appear to be in this collection. Also contained within this collection is a book, Of Diamonds and Diplomats, written by Letitia Baldrige and signed for Doris Eastman. Twelve photographs show Doris Eastman at a number of different events, sometimes in the company of her husband Ed, or friends and colleagues. Also contained within this collection is a metal plate once used in newspaper printing, containing the images of Doris Eastman and her two colleagues.

A small number of documents pertain to Ed Eastman, husband to Doris Eastman. He too worked for local newspapers, including the Fargo Forum. Included in his documents are press passes, a name tag to the Fargo Forum’s 100 year anniversary event, as well as an obituary in his name.

Series two contains copies of images from Moorhead history, possibly used in the Fargo Forum. 107 photographs pertaining to historical Moorhead and Fargo are contained within this collection. Some of the photographs are originals while many are copies that appear to have been in newspaper articles. While the original photographs are dated to the late 1800s, the copies of the photographs were not used in the Forum until the mid-1900s. They show building progress, people and historical events throughout Moorhead and Fargo’s history. Articles, dated to the late 1890s and pertaining to historical events in Moorhead and Fargo, are present as well.
Admin/Biographical History Doris Eastman was the editor of the Women’s and family new of The Forum beginning in 1959. She was with the newspaper beginning in 1951. She gained her background in newspaper writing and editing from her father who owned his first paper in the early 1900s. Her brother in law gave Doris her first paying job at a newspaper after she graduated from high school in the Great Depression Era.
She eventually married a man named Ed Eastman who began working at the Moorhead Daily News a year after she began. They tried to enter the field of small town newspaper editing but that business did not work out for them, so they returned to The Forum and the Moorhead Daily News respectively. They had a number of children including three sons, some of whom entered the newspaper business alongside them.
People Doris Eastman
Ed Eastman
Syb Gullickson
Janet Sagen
Subjects Journalism—Editing
Newspaper—Editing
Newspaper Cooperatives
Advertising—Newspaper
Newspaper carriers
Newspaper editors
Photograph Collections
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Collection created by Dave Eastman, son of Doris Eastman. Donated to HCSCC by Andrea Hunter-Halgrimson
Containers Article Draft on Section B written by Doris Eastman, no date
Article Draft on the Evolution of the Women's Section, no date
Article Draft on the Women's Editing Seminar, no date
Biographical Information on Doris Eastman, no date
Article Draft on Doris Eastman's Thoughts on the Women's Section, no date
Copy of Diplomats and Diamonds by Letitia Baldridge, 1969
Dave Eastman Correspondence, no date
Doris Eastman Press Pass and Business Cards, 1952
Ed Eastman, 1951-1983
Incomplete Article Draft Defending Women's Section, no date
Incomplete Article Draft on Stories Published in the Women's Section, no date
Miscellaneous Article Pages, no date
News article Titled 20-year Absence Would Reveal Growth of City, no date
Newsarticle Titled Pioneer Women, The Lonely Ones, written by Doris Eastman, 1961
Photographs of Doris and Ed Eastman, no date
Photograph Printing Plate, 1969
Postcard, 1953
Women's Section Ad, 1969
4th Street and 1st Avenue South, Moorhead (Looking East), 1879, used in 1943 newsarticle
Article on Northwestern Hospital, no date
Center Avenue Moorhead taken from Kiefer Garage, 1952
Church Row, 2nd Avenue South, Moorhead, 1879, used in newsarticle in 1943
Carl Townsager and Old Moorhead Blacksmith Shop, 1930
Early Moorhead, no date, used in newsarticle in 1954
Fargo Forum article Titled, Pioneers Tell of Days Before Railroad Came into Moorhead, 1921
Identified Olson Photographs, 1874-1907
Identifiers and Description List of Olson Photographs, 1975
Moorhead, 1878, used in newsarticle in 1938
Moorhead Aerial View, 1952
Moorhead Center Mall, 1950
Moorhead Historical Photographs, 1937-1940
Moorhead Historical Photographs, Fallon-Brennan Murders, 1874, used in newsarticle in 1950
Moorhead's Main Street, 1884, used in newsarticle in 1927
Moorhead Post Office History, 1915
Moorhead Southside, 1891, used in newsarticle in 1939
Moorhead Toboggan Slide, 1887, used in newsarticle in 1950
Notice of Photograph Identification, 1975
Old Houghlum Olson Building, no date
Page from the Record, 1898
Photograph and Article on Portrait by Charles King done in 1815, 1925
Photographs of Older Images by Gerry Vuchetich, 1975
Portrait of Unnamed Women, early 1900s, used in newsarticle in 1950
Sycamore Cycling Club, late 1890s, used in newsarticle in 1942
Sycamore Cycling Club Portrait, late 1890s, used in newsarticle in 1942
Scan of Buildings and People Book Cover, no date
The Record Article Titled, Moorhead's Location, 1898
Unidentified Historical Photographs, no date
Unidentified Olson Photographs, 1878-1884
Women Cycling, late 1890s, used in newsarticle in 1950