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Nat Stein Papers, 1864-1868

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stein, Nat
Title
Nat Stein Papers
Dates
1864-1868 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box, (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
USU_CAINE MSS 27
Summary
Mostly incoming correspondence to Stein when he was stationed in Virginia City, Montana. Significant correspondents include Paul Coburn, W.L. Halsey, H.L. Merriman, and Joseph S. Roberson, and R.S. Thomas. Also includes some invoices, blank contracts, a short history of the Overland Stage Line, and published poetry by Nat and Aaron Stein.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Stein began work as an "Overlander" in 1861. By 1862 the company he was working for, the Central Overland and Pike's peak Express Company, was purchased by stage coach magnate Ben Holladay. Stein soon became an agent in Holladay's company and was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1862. When Holladay's stage company acquired the contract to carry the mail to Montana, Stein was transferred again, this time to Virginia City in the Spring of 1863. Stein stayed in Montana until late October of 1865. At this time he moved back east and eventually ended up working in the banking business in California.

The only form of communication along the Overland Stage line of the early 1860s was written. Notes moved between station and line agents on the Salt Lake City to Virginia City line in a matter of two to four days. These notes were often requests for supplies, animals or queries on passengers. This collection of documents represents this communication system. The main block of material consists primarily of incoming correspondence to Stein when he was stationed in Virginia City. These letters were written from bear River, Fort Hall, Red Rock, Bannack City, Salt Lake City as well as other places. Division agent Paul Coburn and R.S.Thomas also have numerous items in the collection. In addition to the correspondence several pages of invoices, published accounts, and blank contracts dot the collection. The documents were originally collected by Herbert S. Auerbach of Salt Lake City, Utah. The purchase of this collection was made possible with a generous grant from the MARIE-ECCLES CAINE foundation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection of material represents the work of Overland Stage agent Nat Stein between the years 1864-65.

Because of the age of the items they have been all encapsulated. The collection will be microfilmed to further help preserve the originals.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Nat Stein Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Nat Stein Papers USU_CAINE MSS 27, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_CAINE MSS 27, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Correspondence, 1864-1868Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

(29 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Incoming correspondence to Nat stein Overland Stage agent at Virginia City, Montana
(3 items)
1865
Box Folder
1 1
Item 1: John Allen, (Pleasant Valley?)
1865 June 25
1 1
Item 2: John Allen, Horse Prairie Station
1865 August 7
1 1
Item 3: John Allen, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 30
1 2
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 2
Item 1: H.A. Bateman, Red Rock
1865[?] September 10
1 2
Item 2: William T. Bacon
1865 September 23
1 3
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 3
Item 1: A.T. Beach, Bannock City, Idaho Territory
1865 October 23
1 3
Item 2: A.T. Beach, Bannock City, Idaho Territory
1864 November 2
1 3
Item 3: A.T. Beach, New York, New York
The above letter was accompanied by a statement by L.M. Osterhaus concerning a dispute over cattle.
1865 August 25
1 3
Item 4: L.D. Brown and Son, Salt Lake City, Utah
1865 August 16
1 4
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 4
Item 1: B.B. Burchett, Bannack City
1864 December 25
1 4
Item 2: B.B. Burchett, Bannack City
1866 December 30
1 5
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 5
Item 1: Paul Coburn, Salt Lake City, Utah,
1865 September 24
1 5
Item 2: Paul Coburn, Fort Hall
1864 December 13
1 5
Item 3: Paul Coburn, Salt Lake City, Utah
1865 July 9
1 5
Item 4: Paul Coburn, Bear River
1865 July 24
1 5
Item 5: Paul Coburn, Salt Lake City
1865 September 1
1 5
Item 6: Paul Coburn, Bear River
A document signed by Paul Coburn and dated July 31, 1865. The content of the note appears to be an order to apprehend a stage coach robber and to kill him.
1865 September 23
1 6
Incoming Correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 6
Item 1: Richard E. Cooke, Virginia City, Montana
1865 September 16
1 6
Item 2: .C. Goodrich, Bannack city
1865 September 28
1 6
Item 3: W.C. Goodrich
Undated
1 7
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 7
Item 1: W.L. Halsey, Salt Lake City
1864 October 18
1 7
Item 2: W.L. Halsey, Salt Lake City
1865 September 4
1 7
Item 3: W.L. Halsey, Salt Lake City
1865 September 25
1 7
4Item : W.L. Halsey, Salt Lake City
1865 October 4
1 7a
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
1865
Box Folder
1 7a
Item 1: Ben Holladay, New York City
1865 September 22
1 8
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
1864-1868
Box Folder
1 8
Item 1: J.C. Hughes
1865 October 16 received
1 8
Item 2: H.A. Jackson, Bannack City
1864 November 29
1 8
Item 3: C.W. Kiddie, Fort Hall
1865 June 11
1 8
Item 4: George Lumpp
1865 August 25
1 8
Item 5: George Lumpp
1865 September 5
1 9
Incoming Correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 9
Item 1: H.N. McDonald, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 30
1 9
Item 2: Darl McMillion
Received 1865 June 14
1 9
Item 3: H.L. Merriman, Horne Station Leaving S.R.
1868 October 8
1 9
Item 4: H.L. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 June 7
1 9
Item 5: H.L. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 June 7
1 9
Item 6: H.L. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 June 8
1 9
Item 7: N. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 October 3
1 9
Item 8: N. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 September, 18
1 9
Item 9: N. Merriman, Jefferson City
1865 October 3
1 9
Item 10: James K. Moon, Bear River Station
1865 September 1
1 10
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 10
Item 1: James Ritchie, Helena City
1865 September 21
1 10
Item 2: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
1864 December 20
1 10
Item 3: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
1865 April 17
1 10
Item 4: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
1865 September 16
1 10
Item 5: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
1865 October 26
1 10a
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 10a
Item 1: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
1865 September 4
1 10a
Item 2: Joseph S. Roberson, Salt Lake City
(Included with these letters is a statement of receipts by W.C. Goodrich)
1865 September 5
1 11
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 11
Item 1: JSR, San Francisco
1875 July 12
1 11
Item 2: Paul Rogan, Pleasant Valley
1865 August 27
1 11
Item 3: Paul Rogan, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 14
1 11
Item 4: Paul Rogan, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 26
1 11
Item 5: Paul Rogan, Pleasant Valley
1865 October 6
1 11
Item 6: H.S. Rounteu, Helena
1865 July 31
1 11
Item 7: H.S. Rounteu, Helena
1865 August 7
1 11
Item 8: H.S. Rounteu, Helena
1865 September 13
1 11
Item 9: J.E. Russel per N.R. Monachesi
1865 August 30
1 12
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 12
Item 1: S. Schayer, Virginia City
1864 December 24
1 12
Item 2: C. Smith, Rock Creek
1865 August 25
1 12
Item 3: C. Smith, Rock (Creek)
1865 August 25
1 12
Item 4: C. Smith, Horse Pretty Station
1865 October 5
1 13
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
Box Folder
1 13
Item 1: T.D. Strait (County Recorder), Jefferson City
1865 September 2
1 13
Item 2: David Street, Atchison, Kansas
1865 September 2
Folder
14
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
1: R.S. Thomas, Pleasant Valley
1865 August 26
2: R.S. Thomas, Bannack City
1865 September 6
3: R.S. Thomas, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 8
4: R.S. Thomas, Pleasant Valley
1865 September 10
5: R.S. Thomas
1865 September 12
6: R.S. Thomas, Bannack City
1865 September 20
7: R.S. Thomas, Bannack City
1865 October 3
8: R.S. Thomas
Undated
15
Incoming correspondence to Nat Stein
1: Artemus Ward, Atchison, Kansas
1863 March 7
2: Lawrence White, Blackfoot
1865 July 11
16
Outgoing correspondence from Nat Stein
1: Lawrence White, Virginia City
1865 May 19
2: Richard Gillespie, Virginia City
1865 November 14
3: J.Q. Shirley
Undated
4: Unaddressed note from Nat Stein
Undated
17
Correspondence from John Allen
(3 letters)
1865
18
Correspondence to agent B.B. Burchett
(3 items)
1864-1865
19
Correspondence to R. Gillispie
(2 items)
1865
20
Correspondence from W.L. Halsey to John Sharp, Ft. Bridger
(2 items)
21
Correspondence to R.S. Thomas, Division Agent
1: Dunken, Tom, Rattlesnake
186[?] March 15
2: Coburn, Paul, Bear River
1866 April 3
3: Coburn, Paul, Salt Lake City
1866 April 15
4: Gillespie, R.G., Virginia City
1866 April 15
4: Pollinger, E.M., Bannack City
1866 April 21
5: Rilbaum, E.B., Pleasant Valley
1866 April 8
6: Rogan, Phil, Fort Hall
1865 September 9
22
Miscellaneous correspondence
(9 items)
23
Miscellaneous documents including an 1865 ticket on the Overland Stage from Bannack City to Virginia City
24
Miscellaneous documents including an 1867 document issued to stockholders of the "Butterfield Overland Despatch Company"
25
Meyer Wise affidavit sworn before John Sharp, clerk of Probate, Fort Bridger, Utah
(2 pages)
1865
26
George W. Forbes Invoices, Virginia City, Montana
1864
27
Blank handwritten contracts. Hay contract and Mail route
28
Published poems and articles by Nat Stein and Aaron Stein
(5 items)
29
Historical information about the Overland Stage Line
Most of this material is a typescript from Root and Connelly The Overland Stage To California. Short article about John J. Valentine