John Kelly correspondence, 1855-1889  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kelly, John, b. 1818Mitchell, John H. (John Hipple), 1835-1905
John Kelly correspondence
1855-1889 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 148
An active participant in early Oregon government, John Kelly (1818-) was an Irishman and a Republican. The collection consists of Kelly's correspondence, as well as some assorted bills and receipts.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Kelly (1818-) was an Irishman and a Republican. Born in Dublin, he came to Canada in 1838, and moved to Vermont in 1841. After service in the Mexican War he came to Oregon in 1849, went to California, and returned to Oregon in 1851, settling in Douglas County. He moved to Springfield in 1866. He was register of the Land Office, Roseburg, 1861-1866, and collector of customs, Portland, 1876-1880. He served on the Republican State Central Committee between 1876 and 1884, and was delegate to Republican state conventions, 1860 to 1866. His advice on political affairs was often sought and always given.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Except for occasional drafts of letters sent, the correspondence consists of letters received by Kelly. There are 68 letters trom John H. Mitchell. Other major correspondents include: William H. Byars, George Conn, Joseph W. Drew, Addison R. Flint, Addison C. Gibbs, Solomon Hirsch, J. W. P. Huntington, Harrison R. Kincaid, John R. McBride, Rufus Mallory, William Morgan, William G. Morris, William H. Odell, Byron J. Pengra, Benjamin Simpson, Riley E. Stratton, James F. Watson, Henry A. Webster, George H. Williams. There is also a folder of assorted bills and receipts, primarily for groceries and household items.

Manuscript calendar in Library.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Kelly correspondence, Ax 148, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Politicians--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Kelly, John, b. 1818--Correspondence
  • Mitchell, John H. (John Hipple), 1835-1905--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Receipts (financial records)