Humiston, Wilson and Company records, 1859-1864  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Humiston, Wilson, and Company (Portland, Or.)
Title
Humiston, Wilson and Company records
Dates
1859-1864 (inclusive)
Quantity
.9 cubic feet (2 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 862
Summary
Business papers of a wholesale liquor company of Portland, Oregon, including saloon orders (1862-1864) from eastern Oregon, Washington, Idaho mining camps and towns, which include news of the mines and business conditions in those areas. Also included are papers of the company's predecessor, Humiston and Ma'Dan (1859-1862).
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

Humiston, Wilson and Company were wholesale liquor dealers of Portland, Oregon, with premises on Front Street. The firm's predecessor was Humiston and Ma'Dan, but the name was changed to Humiston, Wilson and Company after reorganization in 1862. The company did business with saloons in the mining districts of eastern Oregon and received most of its stock from San Francisco. The principal partner was C. N. Humiston, who went on to become a money and stock broker in Portland and died in San Francisco in 1866.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes saloon orders (1862-1864) from eastern Oregon, Washington, and Idaho mining camps and towns, which include news of the mines and business conditions in those areas; and correspondence and ledger book (1859-1862) of the predecessor firm, Humiston and Ma'Dan. The ledger contains names of the firm's customers, among them prominent citizens of Portland.

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

Humiston, Wilson and Company records, Mss862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  General correspondence, Humiston and Ma'Dan, 1859-1862Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1859-1860
1/2
1861 January-March
1/3
1861 April-June
1/4
1861 July-September
1/5
1861 October-December
1/6
1862 January-March
1/7
1862 April-June
1/8
1862 July-August; undated

Series B:  Saloon orders and other papers, 1862-1864Return to Top

Arranged alphabetically by town or city.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Albany through Butteville
1862-1864
1/10
Canyon City through Collins Landing
1862-1864
2/1
Corvallis
1862-1864
2/2
Dalles City
1862-1864
2/3
Eugene City
1862-1864
2/4-5
Lewiston through Salem
1862-1864
2/6
San Francisco
1862-1864
2/7
Scio through Umatilla Landing
1862-1864
2/8
Vancouver, Washington
1862-1864

Series C:  Ledger and general materials, 1859-1864Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/9
Letters from William Barlow and W. L. Harper, LaFayette, Or.
1862-1864
2/10
General papers
1862-1864
2/11
Ledger book, Hamiston and Ma'Dan
1859-1860

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Liquor industry--Oregon--History
  • Mining camps--Washington (State)--History
  • Mining camps--Idaho--History
  • Mining camps--Oregon--History
  • Personal Names :
  • Humiston, C. N., d. 1866.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Humiston and Ma'Dan (Portland, Or.)
  • Humiston, Wilson and Company (Portland, Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ledgers.
  • Letters (correspondence)