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Isaac Burpee papers, circa 1932-1946

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burpee, Isaac, 1875-1951
Title
Isaac Burpee papers
Dates
circa 1932-1946 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 linear feet (1 document case, 2 11x14 Over A folders, 1 30x42 Over C folder)
Collection Number
Mss 724
Summary
Papers of Isaac Burpee, a construction engineer, historian, and director of the Oregon Historical Society. Papers consist of accounting records of Coos Bay, South Umpqua, and Yaquina Bay Jetty construction projects, Burpee family genealogical information, correspondence pertaining to Burpee's Pacific Northwest Americana Library, and Memorials Committee correspondence and records during his service at the Oregon Historical Society. Also included are Burpee's research notes and correspondence on the Know Nothing (American) Party of Oregon.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Isaac Burpee (circa 1875-1951) was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and never married. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick and was active in the Alaska gold rush. By the early 1920s, he was operating the Miami Quarry in Lincoln County, Oregon. He was also a construction engineer for the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway on the north bank of Columbia River and took part in the building of the Celilo Canal.

Burpee was a construction engineer at Kern & Kibbe on three major Oregon Coast jetty projects: Coos Bay, South Umpqua, and Yaquina Bay. He served as the Oregon Historical Society's director and was a member of the Memorials Committee that designated the memorial marker of the Applegate Trail. He also helped to establish George Himes Park in Portland.

An avid historian and book collector, Burpee bequeathed his Pacific Northwest Americana Library to the Oregon Historical Society and the University of New Brunswick. He researched his ancestors' history and probably composed a Burpee family genealogical chart.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers consist of accounting records of Coos Bay, South Umpqua, and Yaquina Bay Jetty construction; and business correspondence, budgets, and architectural drawings relating to the projects. Other materials includes a Burpee family genealogical chart, correspondence, documents pertaining to book acquisitions for his Pacific Northwest Americana Library, correspondence relating to the Oregon Historical Society's Memorials Committee, and Burpee's research notes and correspondence about the Know Nothing (American) Party of Oregon.

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 publication 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

Isaac Burpee papers, Mss 724, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Genealogical materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Genealogical materials
Working papers of family members listed on the Burpee Family genealogical Chart which describes their lives, activities and family remembrances. The genealogy traces the various branches of the Burpee Family, starting with Thomas Burpee, emigrant from England, in 1630, and continues to circa 1938.
circa 1938
Oversize Flat File
Genealogical chart (blueprint)
circa 1938

Series B:  Jetty engineering materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Coos Bay jetty account
Folder
2
Correspondence, cost statements and trial balance
Relates to adjudication of Oregon Supreme Court re State of Oregon excise tax imposed on corporate income on the Coos Bay Jetty construction contract. Bidding Information for Road Contractors, Items and Record of Bids Submitted for Coos County, North Jetty at Coos Bay.
1938; 1940
Oversize Folder 1
Bid worksheets
1938; 1940; undated
Oversize Flat File
Drawings
Drawings, War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army K-3-129 "B": Coos Bay, Oregon, Repairs to North Jetty-1938, U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District. This is one of the two drawings for repairs to North-Jetty, Coos Bay, Oregon, specifications, {K-3-129 "B" and K-3-129 "D"}. Drawings, War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army K-3-129 "C": Coos Bay, Oregon, Repairs to North Jetty-1938, U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District. This is one of the two drawings for repairs to North-Jetty, Coos Bay, Oregon. Change order "A" schematic drawings, War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army K-3-129 "C": Coos Bay, Oregon, Repairs to North Jetty-U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District. Change order "A" schematic drawings, War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army K-3-129 "C": Coos Bay, Oregon, Repairs to North Jetty-U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District. Schedule for construction work with cost accounting on Coos Bay Jetty.
South Umpqua jetty account
Folder
3
General materials
Includes correspondence, notes, accounts, cost sheets, "Invitation for bids no. 33-124, Construction Contract, War Department, United States Engineer Office, First Portland District, Portland Oregon," "Submitted Bid No. 698-37-132, repair and construction of the South Jetty at the mouth of Umpqua River, Douglas County, Oregon."
1932-1941
4
Schematic blueprints and records
Includes: trail balance and cost data, summary of distribution of accounts, daily record rock deliveries, pouring concrete blocks, and cost breakdown facts and figures.
1933-1938
Oversize flat file
Drawings
War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Umpqua River, Oregon, Reconstruction of North Jetty, Concrete Breakwater and Terminal, U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District, UM-300-1/175-2. War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Umpqua River, Oregon, Reconstruction of North Jetty, superseding drawings UM-300-1-175.1. War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Umpqua River, Oregon, Reconstruction of North Jetty, Concrete Breakwater and Terminal, U.S. Engineer Office, Portland, Oregon, District, UM-300-1/175.1. War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Umpqua River, Oregon, Reedsport to Jewett Island in 2 sheets--U.S. Engineer Office, Portland Office District.
1933-1938
Yaquina Bay Jetty Account
Folder
5
General materials
Includes correspondence, contracts, invitation to bid, "Report of specific gravity test," cost sheets.
1933-1942
Overisize folder 2
Bid worksheets
1933-1942
Oversize flat file
Drawings
Western Steel & Equipment Inc., Portland, Oregon, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Schematic, K-9-41-"A": Yaquina Bay and Harbor, Oregon, North Jetty Extension, with insert of Pacific Ocean Oregon coastal towns and Bays. Rock shipping schematics, Yaquina Bay, North Jetty. Cross Sections of Barge, Bill of Material and Bill of Hardware. Kern & Kibbe, Cross Section of Barge. War Department, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Change Order "A" Chain Connection for Concrete Terminal, drawing K-9-41"A". Arrangement of Joints for 30 Ft. Main Line Rails and Layout for Crossovers.
1933-1942

Series C:  Historical research materials and libraryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
6
Correspondence, report and notes--Oregon Historical Society and memorial marker for Applegate Trail, Southern Route, Oregon Trail
Report of the Oregon Historical Society Naming of the Southern Route of the Oregon Trail, with insert map. Citation references of divergent "Southern Route" sites pioneers mentioned as turn offs taken from the Applegate Trail. Draft of the chronological history of the route from the Columbia River, Oregon to California, untitled. Proposal for Southern Route--Applegate Trail and Oregon State Highway Commission acceptance.
1946; undated
7
Correspondence and notes--Memorials Committee, Oregon Historical Society
Memorial markers: George Himes Park, Dr. Truman Bonney, Uzapovage gift to Champoeg State Park, Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn gift, Barlow Road at Laurel Hill, and Pacific Fur Company. Short narrative history of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company Trading Post at Astoria, Oregon.
1946; undated
8
Correspondence--Pacific Northwest Americana Library
Book quotations, purchases and sales
1942-1943; undated
9
Correspondence and notes--Pacific Northwest Americana Library
Book quotations, purchases and book dealers' inventory lists. Notes on Oregon City's Grand Wigwam, Know Nothing (American) Party, and its political positions.
1944-1946; undated
10
Ledger book--Pacific Northwest Americana Library
Inventoried acquisitions of Isaac Burpee
circa 1942-1946