William Geiger letters, 1842-1849  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Geiger, William, 1816-1901Spalding, Henry Harmon, 1806-1879White, Elijah, 1806-1879
William Geiger letters
1842-1849 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
A 041
William Geiger came to Oregon in 1839 and worked at the mission Waiilatpu. Letters include incoming correspondence regarding mission matters at Waiilatpu and an outgoing letter describing the country.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

William Geiger (1816-1901) came to Oregon in 1839. In 1842 he was asked to superintend the mission at Waiilatpu during the absence of Marcus Whitman.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of copies of four letters, one each from William H. Gray, Henry H. Spalding, Elijah White, and Harvey Clark, concern mission matters. All are addressed to Geiger at Waiilatpu. There is also one letter from Geiger (1849) written from his farm near Oregon City, to his brother and sister, in which he describes the country in some detail. The original letters are privately owned.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Geiger letters, A 041, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Corporate Names :
  • Waiilatpu Mission (Wash.).
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence