Alden Hatch Steele papers, 1849-1884  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Steele, Alden Hatch
Title
Alden Hatch Steele papers
Dates
1849-1884 (inclusive)
1850-1870 (bulk)
Quantity
.25 cubic feet (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 1037
Summary
The bulk of the collection consists of business and personal letters to Dr. Alden Hatch Steele. Also included are three personal letters to Mrs. Steele from G.H. Atkinson, a book of notes made by Dr. Steele concerning medical conditions and treatments, and receipts for various purchases and expenditures.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alden Hatch Steele was born in Oswego, New York, in 1823. He attended medical school at the University of New York, graduating in 1846. He practiced briefly in Oswego before coming to the Oregon Territory with the 1st Rifle Regiment, U.S. Army in 1849. He practiced at Fort Vancouver for four years, then left the Army and moved to Oregon City where he was married to Hannah H. Blackler in 1854. They had two children.

In Oregon City, Steele was a councilman, city recorder, and served three terms as mayor. During the Civil War, Steele served as post surgeon at Fort Dalles, Fort Stevens, and finally at Fort Steilacoom. Dr. Steele left the Army in 1869 when the troops were reassigned to Alaska. He moved to Olympia, Washington Territory, where he and his family lived until his death in 1902. He was a member of the city council, a regent of the Territorial University (now the University of Washington), and a director of the First National Bank, and a member of the Episcopal Church.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the collection consists of business and personal letters to Dr. Alden Hatch Steele. Many of the letters concern rental interests and accounts. Some possibly concern accounts from Dr. Steele's medical practice. Personal letters discuss the California gold rush, life in Steele's hometown of Oswego, New York, and the advisability of moving to Oregon. Also included in the collection are three personal letters to Mrs. Steele from G.H. Atkinson concerning church affairs. The book of notes made by Dr. Steele concerning medical conditions and treatments includes brief paragraphs on many illnesses, and recipes for treatments. A miscellaneous group of receipts covers various expenditures, such as grocery purchases, freightage, rent receipts and accounts. There is one bill of sale for a horse, and two telegrams regarding steamships. The third telegram requests the doctor to come to a patient.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Alden Hatch Steele papers, Mss. 1037, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Letters to Dr. Steele, A-BReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

19 items
Container(s) Description Dates
folder
1
Folder
1
Abbey, Clark
1858 May 3

Abbey, Westminster S., 1862 April 2, 1863 December 23Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Adkins, William G., 1854 October 5Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Allen & Lewis, 1866 July 12, 1868 May 19Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Alvord, Benjamin, 1865 January 13Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Atkinson, George Henry, 1867 February 7Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Badger, William M, 1863 November 17, 1863 December 14, 1864 March 25Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Barclay, Forbes, 1867 October 12, 1869 September 20, 1869 October 3Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Barnes, Joseph K., 1861 May 28Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Beatty, John T., 1852 February 6Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Bellows, Russell N., 1864 November 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Blanchard & Lea, 1864 January 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Letters to Dr. Steele, C-HReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

29 items

Campbell, J.G., 1863 July 11, 1863 July 30, 1863 August 10, 1864 November 1, 1866 July 19Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Carrington, Jesse, 1850 September 5Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Condon, Thomas, 1866 June 18Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Crane, Azra, 1849 November 24, 1850 November 21, 1851 October 22, 1864 October 19, 1865 March 11Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Ellsworth, Stukely, 1863 November 25Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Gaines, A.K., 1852 June 14Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

(also typescript)

Gibbs, George, 1850 June 14Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

(also typescript)

Glisan, Rodney, 1866 March 31, 1868 August 20Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Gray, T.G., 1851 June 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Greenman, C.N., 1864 July 31Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Hatch, John P., 1850 June 16Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Huelat, Septimus, 1864 March 10Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Hurford, Joseph E., 1863 November 27, 1864 January 12, 1864 March 29, 1864 November 16, 1865 February 21, 1865 February 27Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

Letters to Dr. Steele, J-MReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

29 items

Johnson, H.V.V., 1864 April 9, 1865 October 10, 1865 November 4, [No year given] November 9Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Johnson & McCown, 1866 July 19, 1870 March 3Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Kamm, Jacob, 1866 September 25Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Kelly, James Kerr, 1868 July 29Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Kinney, Aaron, 1851 February 2, 1852 March 7Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Lane, R., 1853 February 18Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Latham, John, 1869 January 6Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Lawson, James G., 1867 August 6Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Long, John E., 1855 July 28Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Lord, William P., UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Lyford, Charles P., 1864 December 26Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

McCormac, Johnston, 1862 November 17Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

McKay, William Cameron, 1864 September 24, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Mattison, H.N., 1854 September 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Morris, R.M., UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Myers, John, 1865 July 17, 1865 August 12, 1865 September 4, 1865 December 4, 1866 April 25, 1866 July 10, 1869 June 2, 1869 July 13Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

Letters to Dr. Steele, N-RReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

(14 items)

Nelson, Thomas, 1852 June 19Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

Palmer, George W., 1851 March 28Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

Percival, Samuel W., 1861 November 29Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

Pitkin, G. Welles, 1850 April 10, 1851 February 1, 1851 May 20, 1852 November 29, 1854 January 30, 1854 March 22, 1856 January 21, 1856 December 25, 1858 January30, [No year given] May 6, Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

Ritz, Philip, 1858 December 17Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

Letters to Dr. Steele, S-WReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

(20 items)

Scott, Thomas F., 1861 September 16Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Sellwood, James R.W., 1861 November 27Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Seymour, Allan M., 1853 April 5Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Smith, J.N., 1865 February 28Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Smith, William B., 1859 April 6Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Spencer, William Valentine, 1866 June 20, 1866 July 1Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Starling, E.A., 1852 February 26, 1853 May 16Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Stile, Charles C., 1851 August 7Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Suckley, George, 1855 April 17Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Sumner, Willis, 1852 June 3Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Tappan, William H., 1851 October 8, 1852 November 30, Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Waldron, H.J., 1866 May 29, 1866 June 9, 1866 August 16Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Wiley, Mary M., 1850 April 10Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Wilson, Gustaf, 1870 January 25Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Wilson, Robert Bruce, 1851 April 19Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Wygant, Theodore, 1866 May 24Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

Letters to Mrs. SteeleReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 6

(3 items)

Atkinson, George Henry, 1877 November 14, 1882 December 1, 1884 April 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 6

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

(42 items)

Bill of sale, 1861 March 30Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Cartage receipts, 1859 June 13, 1860 account, 1860 December accountReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Freightage receipts, 1857-1858 account, 1858 March 29, 1858 July 26, 1858 August 17, 1859 December 7, 1859 December 15, 1859-1860 account, 1860 March 29, 1860 May 31, 1860 account, 1860 August 31, 1860 November 6, 1860 November 13, 1860 account, 1861 January 12Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Miscellaneous accountsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Azra Crane, 1853Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Smith & Davis, 1857-1858Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Taylor & Ralston, 1859Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

[unlabeled], 1862, 1866Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

J.E. Husford, 1863-1864Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Unlabeled, 1868-1869Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

2 items

Purchases, 1858 February account, Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

1859 April account, 1859 account, 1859 October account, 1859 November 25, 1860 January 14, 1860 July account, 1860 July 14, 1860 October account, 1860 November account, 1860 December 24, undated account

Telegrams, 1868 March 10, 1868 March 24, 1868 November 25Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

Medical notebookReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 8

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Physicians
  • Personal Names :
  • Steele, Alden H.
  • Steele, Hannah H. Blackler
  • Geographical Names :
  • Olympia (Wash.)
  • Oregon City (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Notebooks
  • Receipts
  • Telegrams