Battleship Oregon Collection, 1889-1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Battleship Oregon Collection
Dates
1889-1979 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.3 cubic feet, (5 document cases, 4 flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 1399
Summary
Collection documenting the U.S.S. Oregon (Battleship), the Battleship Oregon Commission, and the Battleship Oregon Memorial and Museum.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Battleship U.S.S. Oregon was the third ship to carry the name of the state. The ship was originally classified as Coast Battleship No. 3, authorized in 1890, and built at Union Iron Works, San Francisco. Following her launch on October 26, 1893, she served in major conflicts for the following fifty years: the Spanish-American War (1898) and Philippine campaign (1899-1900), World War I, and World War II. The vessel was purchased by the state of Oregon for purposes of a memorial in 1925. It was recommissioned for World War II, used as a scrap and ammunition depot, and finally sold for scrap on March 15, 1956.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, logs, personal papers, photographs and drawings, and mementos of the U.S.S. Oregon (Battleship), the Battleship Oregon Commission, and the Battleship Oregon Memorial and Museum. Includes materials concerning the vessel's construction, launching, Spanish-American War exploits, service as a memorial and museum in Portland, and dismantling following World War II. Includes correspondence with the National Auxiliary of the United Spanish War Veterans, the papers of Chester Lincoln Coon (1915-1919), and the 1898 diary of Sargent Weed in the Philippines. Also included is the 1898 logbook of the Spanish ship Cristobol Colon.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Collection compiled by the Oregon Historical Society.

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 prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Battleship Oregon Collection, Mss 1399, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  General materials, 1889-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Assorted correspondence
1902; 1919; 1961; 1974
1/2
Autograph book, Honolulu, Hawaii
1898
1/3
Attendance record on Battleship Oregon
1925 June 16-1942 December 15
1/4
Battleship Oregon Fund ledger
1937-1938
1/5
Battleship Oregon Memorial Association records
1938 May - 1939 December
1/6
Battleship Oregon Memorial Park dedication
1944
1/8
The Bulldog Vol. 1, No. 1
1905 March
1/9
The Bulldog, U.S.S. Oregon
1918-1919
1/10
Centennial celebration
1993 October 26
1/11
Chester Lincoln Coon, USN, papers
1915-1919
2/1
Cristobol Colon logbook
Logbook taken from the Spanish ship Cristobol Colon, destroyed at Santiago Bay, 1898 July 3.
1898
2/2
Cruise of the U.S. Flagship New York around the World, 1901-1902
circa 1902
2/3
Diary of Sargent Weed, Philippines
1898
2/4
Donation of anchor links to Japan
1979 June 8
2/5
Duty Co. A 2nd Oregon Infantry, Manila, register
1898
2/6
Ephemera
1896-1942
2/7
Histories and Descriptions
1942; undated
2/8
Invitation to launch
1893 October 26
2/9
Memorandum to U.S. Flagship New York
1898
2/10
Log of Battleship Oregon Museum
1949 July 1 - 1954 November 1
3/1
National Auxiliary, United Spanish War Veterans -- Correspondence
1935-1946
3/2
Notebook of W.H. Brannan
Contains photographs, notes, and drawings.
1900-1904
3/3
Photograph of Portland showing ship's location
undated
3/4
Poetry and song lyrics
1923; 1942; undated
3/5
Postcard set -- Pacific Islands
circa 1899
3/6
Postcards
1905-circa 1925; undated
3/7
Reports
1950-1955
3/8
Rosters and lists
undated
3/9
Rough Log of the U.S.S. Oregon, Bremerton, Wash. to Portland, Or.
1925 June
3/10
Scrapbook
1898
3/11
Signal book
undated
3/12
Signals - Notes
1897
3/13
U.S.S. Detroit signal logbook
1898 May-August
6/1
Art on Paper
1931; undated
6/7
Photographs
1904
Box 7
Visitors Register, Captain Cabin #58
1897-1950
Box 8
Scrapbook
Compiled by Cora A. Thompson and Dr. George F.A. Walker, longtime curator of the Battleship Oregon Museum.
1913-1956
Box 8
Scrapbook, Save the Battleship Oregon Campaign
1938
Box 8
Donor's Book
Alphabetical index of donors.
undated
9/1
Battleship Oregon Memorial poster
undated
9/1
Letter to Henry T. Scott from John Davis Long, Secretary of Navy Department, re: construction of Battleship Oregon
21 July 1898
9/1
Lithograph of Battleship Oregon signed Myrah, Agency Lithograph Co, Portland, Oregon
undated
9/2
The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii Territory)
1903 December 17
Box 9
Roll of Honor, Battleship Oregon Memorial Park
1938
Oversize folder 1
Poster: "Long Live the Oregon," promoting United States War Savings Bonds Stamps, Daily Journal of Commerce; and poster "Don't give up the ship!" for the 1938 campaign to create a Battleship Oregon Park on the Portland waterfront
circa 1938; circa 1942
Oversize folder 1
Resolution, Scout Young Camp No. 2, Department of Oregon, United Spanish War Veterans, Portland, Oregon
Includes photograph of Battleship Oregon with inset image of Captain C.E. Clark
1933 June 20

Series B:  Battleship Oregon Commission, 1918-1957Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Audits
1946-1951
4/2
Audits
1952-1955
4/3
Ownership acceptance documents
1923
4/4
Correspondence
1918-1933
4/5
Correspondence
1935
4/6
Correspondence
1937
4/7
Correspondence
1938
4/8
Correspondence
1939-1942
4/9
Correspondence
1942-1946
5/1
Correspondence
1947-1949
5/2
Correspondence
1954-1956
5/3
Correspondence, legislation, budget figures
1938-1940
5/4-5/7
Donations (Folders 1-4 of 4)
1929-1942
5/8
Historical address by Governor Walter M. Pierce
1925 July 3
5/9
Inventories
1927-1938
5/10
Members
1943
5/11
Minutes
1925-1943
5/12
Minutes
1944-1957
6/2
Budget
1929-1938
6/3
Budget
1936
6/4
Budget
1937
6/5
Budget
1937-1939
6/6
Budget
1938

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Battleships--United States
  • Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon (Battleship)--Archives
  • Battleship Oregon Commission--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Philippines--History--Philippine American War, 1899-1902
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Financial records
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Ships' logs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Coon, Chester Lincoln (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • United Spanish War Veterans. National Auxiliary--Correspondence. (creator)