This typewriter collection is displayed on the main floor Reading Room and represents a portion of Mr. Joe.M. Updegraff's collection. Mr. Updegraff was an instructor at Central Oregon Community College from 1966 to 1967. He acquired his first machine in 1941 when a student of his gave him an 1892 Smith-Premier #2 that had been found on a scap heap.
Until the time of his death in 1968, he had collected and restored over 250 machines from all over the United States, making it then the largest known private collection. The collector was a serious student of the history of the typewriter and had a large collection of references on this subject.