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Duniway's Contributions to the Local Community

From the day he arrived in Salem in 1946, David Duniway gave a great deal of time and energy to the local historical community. His retirement as State Archivist in 1972 only served to increase his focus on other projects that became cornerstones of the local historical community. Duniway helped to organized and became the first director of the Mission Mill Museum Association. He retired as director in 1976 to spend more time writing books about Salem history. Duniway was a founder of the Marion County Historical Society and the Salem City Club and served as a member of Salem's sesquicentennial committee. His connection to Oregon history was strengthened by the fact that he was the grandson of famous pioneer and equal rights champion, Abigail Scott Duniway.
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Deepwood Estate


Duniway was instrumental in several local historic preservation projects such as the Bush House in the 1950s and Deepwood Estate in the early 1970s.
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Bush House

Publications By Duniway

Looking through a spiral gate at a winding path leading to a victorian house.
Cover of book: The Building of Deepwood. Caption reads, "To its many visitors Deepwood with its gardens is a dream house in a fairyland setting. Situated on Mission Street near 12th Street, South East, in Salem, Oregon, its four and more acres are part of the city parks and the scene of weddings and other public events."
  1. Salem Guide (1959)
  2. How Laws Affect Libraries (1961)
  3. How Laws Affect Records (1961)
  4. An Institute for Training in Librarianship: an institute in archival librarianship held at University of Oregon, Eugene (Sept. 22 1969-Aug. 14, 1970)
  5. Coos County Election Precincts, 1854-1880 (1948)
  6. The Oregon Archives, 1841-1843 (1971) Cover of The Oregon Archives, 1841-1843​
  7. Have you an Oregon Ancestor? (1950)
  8. What You Can Write About the History of Your Home Town (1948)
  9. Your State Archives and Its Services To You (1971)
  10. Histories Relative to Heritage Village (1990)
  11. Dr. Luke A. Port, Builder of Deepwood: an urban report from England to Salem, Oregon and San Diego, California (1989) Cover of Dr. Luke A. Port, Builder of Deepwood
  12. A Study of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1941)
  13. South Salem Past (1987) Cover of South Salem Past
  14. 1859-1959, Salem State Centennial Guide (1959)
  15. Observations on the Character of the Westward Movement (1947)
  16. Notes on the History of Wasco County (from a speech given to the Wasco County Pioneer Association, May 4, 1946)
  17. The Eugene City in 1860 (1947)
  18. Spinning and Weaving Wool: the men and women of the mill [text by Harry H. Stein; introduction by David Duniway; research by Anna Hawley, book design by Katherine Valentine Hannon] ( 1985)
  19. Oregon Statesman Index, 1850-1866 [indexed by W.P.A. Newspaper Index Project; sponsored by Oregon Historical Society; Society editors, David Duniway, Barbara Elkins (1982) 
  20. Glimpses of Historic South Salem (1982) Cover of Glimpses of Historic South Salem
  21. The Building of Deepwood (1979)