Author:Frances Fuller Victor

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Frances Fuller Victor

American historian, novelist, and poet. Pen names: Florence Fane, Dorothy D. Victor was described as "the first Oregon historian to gain regional and national attention" and is known as "the mother of Oregon history." She began her literary career in the east, as a poet and an author of dime novels. Upon her arrival in Oregon she turned her attention to recording the region's history; she was the first Oregon historian to insist on strong research practices. She was the first to challenge the story that Oregon pioneer Marcus Whitman had led the first large-scale migration to the Oregon Country, and that he had played a significant role in "saving" Oregon to the United States; this position kept her embroiled in controversy for the last several decades of her life, fueling debate among scholars as distant as Chicago and Connecticut. She wrote several volumes of history that were incorrectly attributed to her employer, Hubert Howe Bancroft.

Frances Fuller Victor


  • as Frances A. Fuller: Anizetta, the Guajira; or, The Creole of Cuba (1848) (external scan)
  • as Frances Fuller Barritt: East and West; or, The Beauty of Willard's Mill (later republished as "The Far West...") (1862) IA
  • as Frances Fuller Barritt: Alicia Newcome, or The Land Claim: A Tale of the Upper Missouri (1862) (transcription project)
  • The New Penelope: And Other Stories and Poems (1877)
    • Republished, with a new introduction, in 1998. IA


The following lists published works containing Victor's poems. For individual poems, see Index of poem titles.

History and non-fiction[edit]

In periodicals[edit]

In the Oregon Historical Quarterly:


Works about Victor[edit]

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 American women writers : a critical reference guide from colonial times to the present (1979)