John Miller Drake Papers, 1841-1935  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Drake, John Miller, 1830-1913
Title
John Miller Drake Papers
Dates
1841-1935 (inclusive)
1862-1895 (bulk)
Quantity
2 cubic feet, (2 document cases, 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number
Mss 80
Summary
Papers of an officer in the 1st Oregon Cavalry and 1st Oregon Infantry during the Civil War, and later purchasing agent for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. Materials include records of the 1st Oregon Cavalry, correspondence, copy of Drake's journal describing a campaign against the Snake Indians in 1864, articles, legal papers, business correspondence for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, private account books, and receipts for the Portland Board of Trade. Also includes genealogical materials for the Parrish family.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Miller Drake was born December 31, 1830 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He emigrated to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, relocating in Oregon nine years later, in 1858. He served as an officer in both the 1st Oregon Cavalry and 1st Oregon Infantry volunteer regiments during the Civil War. Following the war, he became the purchasing agent for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, a post he filled for 17 years. He died in Portland on December 11, 1913.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers include: Supply records, orders, and letters (1862-1865) of the 1st Oregon Cavalry; typescript copies of letters (February 23, 1864-March 24, 1865) received by Captain John M. Drake at Fort Dalles; photocopy and typescript copy of Drake's journal (1864) describing a campaign against the Snake Indians in Eastern Oregon; "The Oregon Cavalry" (1906), article written by John M. Drake; building agreements and accounts (1888) for three Portland houses; legal documents (1865-1909); business correspondence (1876-1895) for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company; private account books (1871-1912); and Portland Board of Trade receipts (1870-1871). Also includes genealogical materials for the Parrish family, compiled in 1935.

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 of the materials in the collection. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

John Miller Drake Papers, Mss 80, 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:  First Oregon Cavalry Materials, 1862-1865, 1906Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence and miscellany
1862-1865
1/2
Requisition records
1864 Dec.
Oversize Folder 2
Provision records for 1st Oregon Cavalry
Records formerly folded into packets. Includes names and signatures of members of the unit. Contains the following:
  • Monthly return of c. c. & g. equipage, January 1865
  • Monthly return of provisions, January 1865
  • Monthly return of recruiting property, January 1865
  • Monthly return of clothing, camp and garrison equipage, February 1865
  • Return of provisions for the month of February, 1865
  • Monthly return of recruiting property, February 1865
  • Monthly return of provisions for part of the month of March 1865
  • Monthly return of recruiting property, part of March 1865
  • Monthly return of c. c. & g. equipage, March 1865
1865
1/3
John Drake personal military papers
1862-1865; 1903
Overize Folder 1
Certificates of appointment
Three certificates of appointment of John Drake as Captain, Major, and Lieutenant Colonel.
1862-1865
1/4
John M. Drake journal of campaign against Indians of Eastern Oregon--Typescript copies and notes
Two typescript transcriptions of Drake's journal, including an introduction by Drake written in 1905. One may have been annotated by Priscilla Knuth of the Oregon Historical Society for use in a publication.
1864; 1905
1/5
John M. Drake journal of campaign against Indians of Eastern Oregon--Photocopy of original journal
Photocopy from original in Yale University Library. The journal was written in 1864 in a diary book for 1863 titled "Daily pocket remembrancer for 1863."
1864
1/6-7
Letters received by John M. Drake at Fort Dalles (typescript transcriptions)
1864-1865
1/8
"The Oregon Cavalry" by John M. Drake (typescript transcription of article)
1906

Series B:  General Materials, 1841-1935Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Building accounts for houses in Portland
1888
1/10
Compositions written by John M. Drake at Stroudsburg (Pa.) Academy
circa 1841
1/11
Genealogical materials for the Parrish family
1935
1/12
Legal documents
1865-1909
1/13
Oregon Central Military Road Co. materials
Includes list of stockholders and papers regarding a law suit in 1899.
1888-1899
1/14
Oregon Railway and Navigation Company materials
1876-1895
1/15
Portland Board of Trade invoices
1870-1871

Series C:  Financial Records, 1867-1912Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Account book
1867-1907
2/2
Account book
1871-1877
2/3
Cash account book
1886-1890
2/4
Day books (2 vols)
1890-1894; 1894-1898
2/5
Day book
1903-1912
2/6
Private cash account books (2 vols)
1877-1882; 1882-1886
2/7
Private account book
1874-1878

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pacific Coast Indians, Wars with, 1847-1865
  • Shoshoni Indians--Wars, 1863-1865
  • Personal Names :
  • Drake, John Miller, 1830-1913--Correspondence (creator)
  • Drake, John Miller, 1830-1913--Diaries
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st.
  • Oregon Railway and Navigation Company
  • Portland Board of Trade (Or.)
  • United States. Army--Officers--Correspondence
  • United States. Army--Officers--Diaries
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Dalles (Or.)
  • Oregon--Description and travel
  • Oregon--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Receipts
  • Reminiscences