Barker-Adair family papers, 1762-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Barker-Adair family
Title
Barker-Adair family papers
Dates
1762-1967 (inclusive)
1847-1933 (bulk)
Quantity
4.5 cubic feet (10 document cases, 1 oversize folder, 1 reel microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 1131
Summary
Papers of the families of William Morris Barker (1854-1901), Episcopal bishop of Olympia, Washington; his wife, Laura Adair Barker (1854-1935), who lived in Portland, Oregon, in her later years; George R. and Anna Morris Barker, parents of William M. Barker who lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania; and other family members. Includes extensive diaries of Laura Adair Barker; correspondence of William Morris Barker; correspondence of George R. Barker, mostly related to the Collegiate Institute of Germantown, Pennsylvania; notebooks; and scrapbooks.
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

William Morris Barker served as the Episcopal Bishop of Olympia, Washington, from 1894 to until his death in 1901. Born in Pennsylvania in 1854, he was the nephew of Benjamin Wistar Morris (1819-1906), pioneer Oregon churchman and founder of Portland's Bishop Scott Academy and Good Samaritan Hospital. Barker's parents were George R. Barker (1823-1880), principal of the Collegiate Institute of Germantown, Pennsylvania, and Anna Ellis Morris Barker (1827-1909). William Morris Barker was educated at Berkeley Divinity School in Middletown, Connecticut (now part of Yale University), served as the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth, Minnesota, and in 1893 was appointed Bishop of Western Colorado. The following year he became Missionary Bishop of Olympia, Washington. He suffered from heart disease most of his life and died suddenly in 1901 at the age of 46.

In 1892 William Morris Barker married Laura Pindell Adair (1854-1935). She was a native of Astoria, Oregon and the daughter of pioneers John Adair (1808-1888) and Mary Ann Dickinson Adair (1816-1893). John Adair came to Oregon with his family in 1849 and served as the first U.S. inspector of customs at Astoria. His daughter Laura Pindell Adair Barker moved to Portland after her husband's death in 1901, and there she raised her two daughters in a house at 3407 NW Thurman Street. Her daughter Anna Ellis Barker (1894-1967) married Alfred F. Parker, an insurance agent in Portland, and they lived in the Thurman Street house until 1944.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the materials in the collection relate to William Morris Barker, his parents George R. Barker and Anna Ellis Morris Barker, and his wife Laura Adair Barker. The George R. Barker materials include correspondence and other papers relating to the Collegiate Institute of Germantown, Pennsylvania; and papers regarding his invention of a heating duct system. George's wife, Anna Barker, is represented by a substantial file of correspondence, including many letters written to her husband from Pennsylvania, with local news and family events.

The William Morris Barker materials include letters sent to him, relating primarily to church affairs, and letters to his wife and family. There is a small file of correspondence of Barker's father-in-law, John Adair, including a letter of 1854 from John Withers, written from Yoncalla and describing local and regional conditions. Two diaries of John's wife, Mary Ann Dickinson Adair, date from 1872 and 1883-1884 and provide details of her daily life in Astoria, Oregon. Also included is her short diary, written 1848-1849, describing her voyage from New Orleans to California via Panama. Letters written by Edward Wistar Barker, brother of William Morris Barker, 1880-1893, give a lively narrative of his life and adventures in Duluth, Minnesota. Of particular interest is a large collection of diaries of Laura Adair Barker, dating from 1868 to 1907, and containing well-written entries about her activities and thoughts, some written while she was a student at St. Helen's Hall in Portland. A diary of 1915-1916 contains entries of both Laura Barker and her daughter Anna.

The collection also includes biographical and genealogical information on the Barker, Adair, Morris, Dickinson, and related families, as well a small amounts of material relating to Ellen M. Booth, Samuel Booth, Charles Breck, Mary L. Ferguson, John Guernsey, S. M. Guernsey, Abel Gunn, Anna Holstein, Daniel Hoyt, Mary W. Lourey, Mary Palmer, Sophie G. Putnam, and Mary Rodney.

The microfilm contains Adair family reminiscences, genealogy and letters compiled by Lorna P. Adair Barker.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

A typescript transcription of the short diary of Mary Ann Dickinson Adair, 1848-1849, is available on Microfilm Mss1131, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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

Barker-Adair family papers, Mss1131, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Barker and Morris family papers, 1762-1901Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
George R. Barker papers
Correspondence to his family
Box/Folder
1/1
1855-1859
1/2
1860-1865
1/3
1866-1869
1/4
1870-1876
1/5
1877-1880
Box/Folder
1/6
Correspondence received
1860-1879
Collegiate Institute (Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Box/Folder
1/7
General papers
1858-1881
1/8
Correspondence, primarily regarding teaching
1847-1880
Correspondence from pupil and parents
Box/Folder
1/9
1853-1864
1/10
1865-1871
1/11
1872-1879; undated
Box/Folder
1/12
Scrapbook of printed material concerning schools, primarily in the Philadelphia area
1849-1880
Box/Folder
2/1
Correspondence regarding St. Luke's Church, Germantown, Pennsylvania
1865-1880
Oversize folder
Floor plan of St. Luke's Church, Germantown, Pa., with names of pew holders
undated
2/2
Correspondence regarding Branchtown, Pennsylvania church
1862-1866; undated
Heating apparatus materials
Box/Folder
2/3
Patent information
1873-1882; undated
Correspondence
Box/Folder
2/4
1870-1873
2/5
1874
2/6
1876
2/7
1876-1877
2/8
1878
2/9
1879-1880
2/10
1881-1882; undated
Box/Folder
2/11
Receipts and bills
1874-1880
2/12
International Exhibition, Philadelphia
1876
2/13
General papers
1875-1878
Box/Folder
Oversize folder
Certificate from Franklin Institute
1874
2/14
Court case documents
1877-1879
2/15
Printed materials
1862-1871
2/16
Family records and reminiscences
1854-1911; undated
Oversize folder
Portrait and obituary of Samuel Morris
circa 1812
Annie E. Morris Barker papers
Box/Folder
2/17
School mementos and drawings
circa 1845
2/18
Correspondence received
1854-1871
2/19
Correspondence received
1872-1884
2/20
Letters sent to her husband, George Barker
1862-1874
Letters sent to others
Box/Folder
2/21
1876
2/22
1877-1884
2/23
1890-1893
2/24
1894; undated
Box/Folder
3/1
Book of poems from her mother, and list of quilts
1904; 1906
Papers of various family members
Box/Folder
3/2
Anna ("Nannie") Morris Barker (possibly the daughter of George and Anna Ellis Morris Barker), letters sent
1875-1880
3/3
Abel Barker (brother of George R.), letters sent
1841-1881
3/4
Belle Barker (niece of George R.), letters sent
1856-1871
Edward Wistar Barker (possibly son of George R.), letters sent
Box/Folder
3/5
1880-1884 April
3/6
1884 May-June
3/7
1884 July-December
3/8
1885-1886 July
3/9
1886 August-1893; undated
Oversize folder
Map of Duluth, drawn by E. W. Barker
circa 1884
Box/Folder
3/10
G. B. Barker, letters sent
1857
3/11
M. B. Barker, letters sent
1858
3/12
Phebe A. Barker, letters sent
undated
3/13
Samuel E. and Susan Barker, letters sent
1858-1881
3/14
Samuel Morris Barker, letters sent
1863-1884; undated
3/15
Thomas B. Barker (possibly brother of George R.), Letters sent
1857-1892; undated
William Morris Barker papers
Box/Folder
3/16
Notebook on doctrinal theology
undated
4/1
Notebook on Ecclesiastical history by Rev. J. Williams
4/2
Clergyman's private register (ledger of parish activities)
circa 1879-1890
Letters sent
Box/Folder
4/3
1862-1874
4/4
1875
4/5
1876
4/6
1877
4/7
1878
4/8
1879 January-June
4/9
1879 July-December
4/10
1880
4/11
1881
5/1
1886-1887
5/2
1890-1899 July; undated
5/3
1899 August-December; undated
5/4
1900; undated
Box/Folder
5/5
Letters regarding Barker's illness from his friends at Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Connecticut
1876
5/6
Letters received
1867-1900; undated
5/7
Marriage license, eulogy, photograph of house in Portland
1892; 1901; undated
10/1-2
Scrapbook
1893-1897
10/3-4
Ephemera
circa 1867-1900
Oversize folder
Diploma, certificate, newspapers
1880-1897
Papers of friends and others
Box/Folder
5/8
Booth, Ellen M. and Samuel
1857-1875
5/9
Breck, Charles
1864-1881
5/10
Ferguson, Mary L.
1876
5/11
Guernsey, John
1859-1877; undated
5/12
Guernsey, S.M. (Mrs. John), and Sophie Anna
1864-1881
5/13
Gunn, Abel
1864-1872
5/14
Hill, Henry, letter to his sister
1762 June 1
5/15
Holstein, Anna
1867-1868
5/16
Hoyt, Daniel
1861-1869
5/17
Lovrey, Mary W.
1858-1876; undated
5/18
Norton, Frank L.--Notebook on Ecclesiastical history
undated
5/19
Palmer, Mary, letters sent
1857-1858
5/20
Putnam, Sophie G., letters sent
1864-1881; undated
5/21
Rodney, Mary B., letters sent
1870-1874
Morris family papers
Box/Folder
5/22
Anna Morris--Will
1858; 1866
6/1
Annie Morris, letters sent
1859-1875; undated
6/2
Benjamin Wistar Morris and Benjamin Wistar Morris Jr., letters sent and received
1853-1901; undated
6/3
Charles and Lizzie Morris, letters sent
1868-1872; undated
6/4
Hannah R. Morris, letters sent
1876-1883; undated
6/5
Henry Rodney Morris, letters sent
1869-1871; undated
6/6
Louisa Morris, letters sent
1876-1877; undated
6/7
Mary R. Morris, letters sent
1870-1875
6/8-9
Rachel W. Morris, letters sent
1858-1879; undated
6/10
Samuel W. Morris, will (typescript copy)
1833
6/11
Samuel W. Morris, letters sent
1848-1857
6/12
Sarah E. Morris, letters sent
1858-1893
6/13
William E. Morris, letters sent
1871-1873

Series B:  Adair and related family papers, 1848-1967Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/14
Adair family history
1896; undated
6/15
Adair family journal
undated
Microfilm Reel
Adair and Dickinson family reminiscences, genealogy and letters (typescript copies) compiled by Lorna P. Adair Barker
Includes genealogy of the Dickinson family, biography of General George Cockburn, biography of John Adair, recollections of John Adair and his wife Mary Ann, transcript of Mary Ann Adair's short diary of 1848-1849, and transcripts of family letters.
circa 1849-1933
Box/Folder
6/16
Henry Buford Adair diary
1868
6/17
John Adair, biographical sketch by Mary Adair Parker Lawrence
1967
6/18
John Adair--Correspondence as Collector of Customs, Astoria
Includes letter from John Withers regarding conditions in the region, 1854 October 29
1849-1853
6/19
Mary Ann Dickinson Adair diaries (3 items)
1848-1849; 1872; 1883-1884
6/20
W. M. Adair, history of Cannon Beach (typescript)
1963
Laura P. Adair Barker papers
Box/Folder
7/1
Composition books
1871; 1873
Diaries
Box/Folder
7/2
2 volumes
1868; 1870-1871
7/3
1873 February 23-1874 May 31
7/4
1874 June 25-November 30
7/5
2 volumes
1883
7/6
1884 January 1-1885 August 31
7/7
2 volumes
1885 September 29-1886 April 11; 1887
8/1
2 volumes
1890; January 1-June 2; 1890 July 1-1891 July 12
8/2
1893 February 22-1896 December 25
8/3
2 volumes
1897 October 31-1899 March 29; 1900
8/4
2 volumes
1902 January 1-1903 January 21; 1903 January 22-October 20
8/5
1903 October 13-1905 May 20
8/6
2 volumes
1905 August 23-1907 April 28; 1910 July 10-September 15
9/1
Diary with her daughter Anna
1915 May 15-1916 June 14
Box/Folder
9/2
Expense book
1899-1901
9/3
Autograph book
1877-1892
9/4
Letters sent (mostly to her daughter)
1890-1929
9/5
Letters sent (mostly to her daughter)
1930-1933
9/6
Letters received regarding her marriage
1890; undated
9/7
Letters received
1892-1916; undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bishops--Washington (State)--Biography.
  • Clergy--Washington (State)--Biography.
  • Education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History.
  • Episcopal Church--United States--History.
  • Voyages to the Pacific coast--Personal narratives.
  • Women--Oregon--Diaries.
  • Personal Names :
  • Adair, John, General, 1808-1888.
  • Adair, Mary Dickinson, 1816-1893.
  • Barker, Anna Morris, 1827-1909--Correspondence. (creator)
  • Barker, Edward Wistar--Correspondence. (creator)
  • Barker, George R., 1823-1880--Correspondence. (creator)
  • Barker, Laura Adair. (creator)
  • Barker, William Morris. (creator)
  • Morris, Benjamin Wistar, 1819-1906.
  • Parker, Anna Barker, 1894-1967. (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Collegiate Institute (Germantown, Philadephia, Pa.)--History.
  • St. Helen's Hall (Portland, Or.)--History.
  • Family Names :
  • Adair family.
  • Barker family.
  • Barker-Adair family.
  • Dickinson family.
  • Morris family.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Astoria (Or.)--History.
  • Duluth (Minn.)--History.
  • Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)--History.
  • Olympia (Wash.)--History.
  • Portland (Or.)--History.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Scrapbooks