William Barnhart papers, 1850-1878 PDF
- Barnhart, William, ca. 1827-1909
- William Barnhart papers
- 1850-1878 (inclusive)
- 1 cubic foot, (3 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
- Collection Number
- Mss 918
- Papers of a pioneer merchant of Portland, Oregon, including business letters of the early 1850s, mostly from San Francisco merchants, including Wells, Fargo, & Company, to W. C. Barnhart and Co.; and business account books, 1851-1854.
- Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
William Barnhart, pioneer merchant of Portland, Oregon, was the first Portland agent of Wells, Fargo and Company in the early 1850s. He later served as the state land agent in Salem and Indian agent in Umatilla. In 1854 he married Mary Campbell of Corvallis, a daughter of pioneer missionaries. The Barnharts returned to Portland in the 1880s, where they died in 1909 and 1910.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains business letters of the early 1850s sent to W. H. Barnhart and Company, mostly from San Francisco merchants, including Wells, Fargo, & Company, and Neal & Smiley; and business account books, 1851-1854. Also included is a report on a speech given by Bob McLaren in Portland, regarding fighting with Indians, 1856 March 29.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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William Barnhart papers, Mss 918, 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: Business papers, 1850-1878Return to Top
Account book (unbound)
Letters received, A-B
Letters received, C-G
Letters received, H-M
Letters from Neal & Smiley, San Francisco
Letters received, N-W
Letters from Wells, Fargo & Company
Receipts and other papers, including account of speech of Bob McLaren, 1856
Series B: Financial ledgers of W. H. Barnhart & Company, 1851-1854Return to Top
|1851 June 2-1852 December 31|
|1851 June-1853 April|
Invoices of consignments
Sales ledger (spine title: "Invoices")
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Personal Names :
- Barnhart, William, ca. 1827-1909--Archives
- Corporate Names :
- Barnhart & Company (Portland, Or.)
- Wells, Fargo & Company
- Geographical Names :
- Portland (Or.)--History
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Ledgers (accounts)
- Letters (correspondence)
- Other Creators :
- Corporate Names :
- Neal & Smiley (San Francisco, Calif.) (creator)