Opal at age 9, 1907

See Opal's 18 Year Old Unedited Diary Entries Nov 1916

NEW!!  Opal Whiteley's "Fairyland Diaries"

 Over 180 Newly Uncovered Entries From Ages 9-19

Discover Opal's Magic & Mystery

Opal Whiteley Has Been Called

A Genius, Mystic & Great Nature Writer

But, also a Fraud and a Madwoman

Discover ..."The Last Literary Mystery of the 20th Century"

Statue of Opal in new Cottage
          Grove Library, donated by South Lane Mental Health

Opal, age 18 - photo touch up by Steve McQuiddyUPDATED - NOVEMBER 2018

Explore Opal Whiteley's Fairyland Diaries
Over 180 Newly Uncovered Diary Entries with Research Notes!

By Stephen Williamson

(These PDFs Are Big With Many Pictures & May Be Slow to Load)

Research The Fairyland Diaries

Dating the Diary Entries - 10 Criteria
Ten Ways to Date the Diaries

"Opalisms",  Her Unusual Language
Opal Writing Style from Ages 9 to 19

The Secret of Uncle Henry
Opal’s Mentor and Angel Father?

Meet Opal's NEW Pets in Fairyland
Over 35 Pets and Three Trees

Diary Fragment from 1909 Showing How Opal’s Diary was Torn Up
A Scrap of Opal’s Original Diary Found in Dorena, Oregon

Celebrating 100 Years of The Fairyland Around Us  1919-2019

View the Original Fairyland Around Us Online

Fewer than 50 copies of Fairyland are known. Now, you can easily read Opal's entire book!

Boston Library's PDF of Fairyland Around Us
The Original Book as Printed by Opal

See David Caruso’s Beautiful Fairyland - (David put the book online first)


Welcome to The Opal Whiteley Memorial

  Internet Home Opal Whiteley, a.k.a. Francoise Marie de Bourbon D'Orleans

Never Heard of Opal Whiteley?   Read this First!

Read a short bio of Opal Whiteley & learn why people enjoy her writings

Look in Opal's Log for News!

A Treasure Trove of Links to Explore Opal and Her Writings

See a Fragment of Opal's Lost Diary & Learn More Fascinating Facts

Opal Whiteley Mural -
            uses images of Opal from ages 7, 19 & 72

            Creek Bridge across the Riviere

Explore "Opal's Oregon Fairyland"

View UPDATED OPAL TOUR from Cottage Grove Historical Society!
  Explore Fairyland with this tour by Steve Williamson & Alice Christianson
You can download & print this beautiful 2017 Opal Tour PDF
by Alice Christianson, Graphic Artist

Beautiful Mural of Opal in Cottage Grove
View Opal's Mural & Covered Bridges

Watch an Opal Whiteley Video Tour of Cottage Grove
Steve directs a 10 min tour of Opal Sights in and around Cottage Grove

Radio & TV Shows About Opal

Both the BBC, British Broadcasting System AND Oregon's Public Broadcasting have programs on Opal
  You can listen and watch them here! Both are excellent intros to her story.

Watch Online OPB's Oregon Experience TV Program
OPB has the BEST Opal Video!

See Oregon PBS VIDEO on Opal

Download & Listen to BBC Radio's "Who Was Opal"

RIGHT CLICK to download the 30 minute MP3 audio file here

Opal, about age 3 - 1901

DISCOVER OPAL ONLINESteve is a research assistant with Opal Online

Visit Opal Online - read her Diary, View Rare Photos & Much More!

Created by Dr. Lynne Anderson & CATE
Stephen Williamson was the Researcher for Opal Online
Our Thanks to Dr. Len Hatfield for getting Opal Online back Online!

Stories Opal Wrote as a Student at UofO in 1917

These Two Stories were Written for Classes

"A Blue Day"- Story about a Girl and Her Uncle

A Message About How To Overcome Depression and Feeling "Blue"


"Our Brothers in the Camps" Opal's Defense of Lumberjacks

Her almost Marxist ringing defense of loggers against a big city businessman


Did Opal have Autism or Schizophrenia?

Opal spent almost half a century in a mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. New Research Shows Autism Syndrome would be more accurate.

Listen to Opal's Words & Music

Beauty Attends
The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley

Contemporary folk artist Anne Hills has released a beautiful new CD of Opal's words put to music.
These are not about Opal or inspired by her. Each song is the actual words of Opal Whiteley put to music. Beautiful!
It has many of Opal's best loved passages set to music     HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Order Online at Amazon or I Tunes


Opal - The Award Winning Musical
Opal's diary was also an award winning Broadway musical by Rob Lindsey-Nassif!
He knew Opal Whiteley and played her the songs from the musical.
Rob has devoted years of his life to preserving her memory.

Watch the Opal Musical on You Tube

OPAL - The Movie

Here is a link to a movie about Opal. It is produced by Dina Ciraulo. Here is the Preview



Cover of Katherine
          Beck's new book about Opal

Cover of Katherine
          Beck's new book about Opal


Read our Review of Katherine Beck's Controversial Book, Opal

Read Opal's Diary Online

See RARE Pictures of Opal & the People in her Diary!

University of Oregon site with dozens of historic photos collected by Stephen Williamson
see pictures of Sadie McKibben & the Man Who Wears Grey Neckties

Read Opal's Diary Online with Text Notes

The Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) at the University of Oregon reprinted her original 1920 diary.
CATE developed learning tools for students around the world. Opal was a student at the UofO in 1917-1918 - perhaps its most mysterious student.
Opal Online is the brainchild Dr. Lynne Anderson. She asked Stephen Williamson to assist in filling Opal's diary with rare photos and text notes.

The Flower of Stars - Opal's Poems

Opal published these poems in 1923 - shortly before leaving the US.  Here are selections from this rare book.
Jennifer Harper is working to publish a new edition of the poems with notes.

Many Versions of Opal's Diary Now

There are now at least 5 versions of Opal's diary in print - an edition for all ages, including children.  
It has been translated into French, German and Chinese. Stephen Williamson wrote the introduction for the German and Chinese edition

Maeda, from Japan, circa 1902 in Marcola, Oregon

Ping Yang on the Mohawk

The Forgotten Asians of Western Oregon

In addition to researching the life of Opal Whiteley, Steve has written the forgotten history of Asians in early Marcola, Oregon.
Opal lived in Marcola as a small child. Discover where Opal lived before moving to Cottage Grove in 1904.
Read the story of the Ping Yang School bombings
not long before Opal moved to Marcola / Wendling.
Steve is also co-chair of the annual Oregon Asian Celebration's Heritage Exhibit that draws thousands of visitors.

Opal about age 16

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