J.H. Horner Papers, 1889-1985  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Horner, J. H. (John Harland), 1870-1953
Title
J.H. Horner Papers
Dates
1889-1985 (inclusive)
Quantity
.9 cubic feet, (2 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 6031
Summary
Papers of a Wallowa County, Oregon, official and amateur historian. Includes manuscript of his unpublished book Wallowa River and Valley as well as correspondence with Otis Halfmoon and other papers
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 Harland Horner (1870-1953) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Enterprise, Oregon, in 1911. A life-long bachelor, he served as Wallowa County's deputy assessor from 1918 to 1924, before being elected county assessor in 1924. Horner also had a long-standing interest in the history of Wallowa County. For more than thirty years, he collected historical information and interviewed most of the area's early settlers and local Native Americans. His research resulted in an unpublished manuscript of more than 1,500 pages titled Wallowa River and Valley. Horner committed suicide on July 13, 1953, at the age of 83

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists principally of the typescript (with corrections in hand) of Horner's work, Wallowa River and Valley, dealing with regional history, as well as the Nez Percé Indians. Other papers include correspondence (ca. 1889-1985); legal documents (1898-1931); patents for window construction (1921-1922); and manuscript materials (undated). Horner's main correspondent is Otis Halfmoon, a Catholic Nez Percé who assisted with the author's manuscript. The collection also includes a list of other contributors that assisted Horner in his research

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 reproduction 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

J. H. Horner Papers, Mss 6031, 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:  Correspondence and general papers, 1889-1985Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Otis Halfmoon correspondence
1926-1952
1/2
Deeds, notes, and legal documents
1898-1931
1/3
General correspondence
ca. 1889-1985
1/4
Window construction patents
1921-1922
1/5
List of acknowledgements for book
undated

Series B:  Manuscript of Wallowa River and Valley, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/6
Pages 1-100
undated
1/7
Pages 101-200
undated
1/8
Pages 201-300
undated
1/9
Pages 301-400
undated
1/10
Pages 400-500
undated
1/11
Pages 501-600
undated
1/12
Pages 601-700
undated
2/1
Pages 701-800
undated
2/2
Pages 801-900
undated
2/3
Pages 901-1000
undated
2/4
Pages 1001-1100
undated
2/5
Pages 1101-1200
undated
2/6
Pages 1201-1300
undated
2/7
Pages 1301-1400
undated
2/8
Pages 1400-1500
undated
2/9
Pages 1501-1561
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Names, Geographical--Oregon--Wallowa County
  • Nez Percé Indians
  • Personal Names :
  • Horner, J. H. (John Harland), 1870-1953--Correspondence
  • Joseph, Nez Percé Chief, 1840-1904
  • Geographical Names :
  • Wallowa County (Or.)--History
  • Wallowa Lake (Or.)
  • Wallowa Mountains (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Letters
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Halfmoon, Otis--Correspondence (creator)