Collection of Individual Manuscript Items, 1774-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.
Collection of Individual Manuscript Items
1774-1945 (inclusive)
1808-1865 (bulk)
0.35 cubic feet, (1 box and 1 map folder)
Collection Number
MSS ManuscriptItems
The Collection of Individual Manuscript Items is an artifical collection of handwritten and typed manuscripts pulled together from a number of miscellaneous sources. The provenance of many items is unknown.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

German, French, Spanish;Castilian, English

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This collection is comprised of individual letters, notes, and other manuscript items deriving from multiple authors. Letters from prominent individuals, such as John Jacob Astor and Louis Agassiz, appear in the collection, along with anonymous creators. Notable items include the deed to a slave and her son, dated 1829; a typescript fragment of a speech from Albert Einstein, and a letter from Washington Territory governor Isaac Stevens. Several items were found tucked in rare books; where this is the case, the call number of origin has been noted. Other items were formerly cataloged manuscripts appearing in the library catalog; where this is the case, the original call number has been noted.

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Series 1:  Manuscript Items, 1774-1945Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Agassiz, Louis. Letter
A letter written by Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz to his former students from Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In the letter he expresses appreciation for his students, comments on his studies of natural history in Brazil, and sends his regrets that he cannot be with them as the school is closing for the year. Transcription included. Found in QL351 .A27 1863 History of Science Rare Book Collection.
June 27, 1865
Astor, John Jacob. Letter
A letter written from New York explaining and paying his $555 debt to Mure and Joliff. Transcription included.
October 24, 1808
Borglum, Gutzon. Letter
A letter to his daughter stating he has received consent from all of the senators adding names of some politicians and some wives to a list. Letterhead of Metropolitan Club, Washington, D. C.
March 6, 1934
Bryant, William Cullen. Letter
Letter written from New York to Joseph B. Boyd explaining his late reply and stating that an autograph has been enclosed.
February 28, 1839
Chadwick, James. Letter
A letter written from Wynne's Park, Denbigh, N. Wales to an unknown corresepondent stating he cannot send an autographed photograph. Chadwick writes briefly about his life, education, and his scientific endeavors including the discovery of the neutron.
February 18, 1967
Dingess, John. Deed to slave
Deed to "Negro slave named Soll with her son named Morris aged about seven years," sold to James Jenks, witnessed by Anthony Lawson and Joseph Straton in Logan County, Virginia.
October 21, 1829
Einstein, Albert. Typescript draft
Pages 3, 7 and 8 of a rough draft for article “Only Then Shall We Find Courage”, regarding Einstein’s opinion about atomic bombs and foreign policy. Handwritten corrections and notes. Removed from Atomic Energy Collection.
June 6, 1945
Fairfax, Thomas, 6th Baron of Cameron. Land grant
Grants Henry Baker of Frederick County a tract of land in Northern Neck area of Virginia.
July 3, 1779
Goehring, Otto. Letter
Letter to the noted gemologist George F. Kunz, thanking him for his interest in his work and discussing the new element brevium of 1913 and his dissertation on uranium. He mentions Kasimeir Fajans and his theories. In German. Removed from Atomic Energy Collection.
May 17, 1915
Herschel, W.J.
A letter stating that a gift is attached as a thank you for the intended subject of the letter. He also requests the name and address of the registrar who did work for him. Found in GN192 .G21, McDonald Rare Book Collection
June 30, 1894
McRae, William. Letter
Updates John Golden of Palmyra, Missouri on news of mutual friends and family, reports on the price of whiskey nearby, and encourages Golden to resettle nearby to sell whiskey.
July 1, 1823
Marckwald, W. Letter
Letter to noted gemoloist George F. Kunz with a sample of radium teeluride for his exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History; discusses scarcity of Joachimsthal pitchblende and remarks on the difficulty of purchasing commercial radium samples. Transcription included. In German. Removed from Atomic Energy Collection.
March 14, 1904
Pugh, Jonathan. Land lease
Grant of land in Hampshire County (now West Virginia) to Andrew Millslagle.
November 11, 1774
Raniskey, Y. B. Letter
Letter to relations from Colusa County, California near the Sacramento River. He describes his land and farming and asks for news of home.
December 11, 1853
Recipe for Read's Tonic, by Charles Read
"For Dyspepsia, weakness of Stomach and Bowels, or for general debility, this is one of the best restoratives."
circa 1800-1850
Roosevelt, Theodore, Jr. Letter
Thanks Mr. C. O. Holt for his support during Coolidge's election.
November 8, 1924
Stevens, Isaac. Letter
Letter to Reverend A. P. Peabody in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Stevens acknowledges a letter of recommendation for Mr. Charles C Cushman and informs Peabody that Cushman will be named Postmaster in New Dungeness, Washington Territory. Formerly F891 .S731 1853 in History of Pacific Northwest Collection.
February 16, 1858
Stevens, Isaac. Facsimile letter
Letter to Edmund Sylvester, Olympia regarding construction of a road from Fort Walla Walla to Puget Sound. Formerly F891 .S731 1853 in History of Pacific Northwest Collection.
April 11, 1858
Sutter, John A. Letter
"Letter from New Helvetia to the sheriff of San Francisco replying to a letter in which inquiry had been made concerning two Frenchmen who had arrived at San Francisco in a state of great want. Of one of the men Sutter says he knows nothing, but the other Teodoro Sicard he vouches for, asking them to show him every consideration because he will be able to make complete restitution as soon as he returns to his friends." Typed description accompanying letter. Letter in Spanish.
June 1842
de Tallyrand, Charles-Maurice. Letter
Typed translation reads: "I have followed the orders of Monseigneur; the letter which was written to [unknown] dinner is [unknown] this evening, full of gratitude for all the bottles of his Highness' wine. [I supplied in agreement] homage of my respect and assurance of my regrets." In French.
June 18, 1832
"The Tibetan." Essay, "The Release of Atomic Energy"
Written from the Arcane School, 11 West 42nd Street, 32nd Floor, New York City. A typewritten analysis of the atomic bombing of Japan in light of Eastern mystical philosophies. Removed from Atomic Energy Collection.
August 9, 1945
Watts, James. Letter
Written to Mr. John Hall, engineer at Messers Sam'l Walker's Comp'y of Rotherham, Yorkshire regarding the working gear of an engine. Formerly TJ184 .W3 in History of Science Rare Book Collection.
July 2, 1782
Unknown. Letter
Written from New Haven, Leiston, Suffolk. Found in QP509 .D6 1925, History of Science Rare Book Collection.
Unknown. Letter
In French.
unknown date
Unknown. Notes on Grindelia
"Copied from a Materia Medica." Handwritten note on letterhead of Angelus Hospital, Los Angeles. Found in McDonald QK201 .H4
circa 1914
Unknown. Poems
Handwritten poems on death.
circa 1850

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Atomic bomb--Japan--History.
  • Death--Poetry.
  • Land grants--Virginia--Northern Neck.
  • Land grants--West Virginia.
  • Radium industry--History.
  • Slaves--Virginia--History.
  • Tonics (Medicinal preparations)
  • Personal Names :
  • Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873--Correspondence.
  • Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848--Correspondence.
  • Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941--Correspondence.
  • Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878--Correspondence.
  • Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862--Correspondence.
  • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880--Correspondence.
  • Watt, James, 1736-1819--Correspondence.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848. (creator)
    • Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941. (creator)
    • Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. (creator)
    • Chadwick, James, 1891-1974. (creator)
    • Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955. (creator)
    • Roosevelt, Theodore, Jr., 1887-1944. (creator)
    • Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862. (creator)
    • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880. (creator)
    • Watt, James, 1736-1819. (creator)