William Barnhart papers, 1850-1878  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Barnhart, William, ca. 1827-1909
Title
William Barnhart papers
Dates
1850-1878 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 cubic foot, (3 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 918
Summary
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.
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

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

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

Preferred Citation

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

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Account book (unbound)
1851-1854
1/2
Letters received, A-B
1851-1853
1/3
Letters received, C-G
1851-1853
1/4
Letters received, H-M
1853
1/5
Letters from Neal & Smiley, San Francisco
1851-1853
1/6
Letters received, N-W
1851-1853
1/7
Letters from Wells, Fargo & Company
1853-1854
1/8
Receipts and other papers, including account of speech of Bob McLaren, 1856
1851-1878

Series B:  Financial ledgers of W. H. Barnhart & Company, 1851-1854Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Accounts
1851
1/10
Cash book
1851 June 2-1852 December 31
2/1
Day book
1851 June-1853 April
2/2
Day book
1853-1854
2/3
Invoices of consignments
1851-1854
2/4
Sales ledger
1851-1852
3/1
Sales ledger (spine title: "Invoices")
1852-1853
Oversize folder
Stock book
1853

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Merchants--Oregon--Portland
  • 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)