William DeShaw papers, circa 1849-1963  PDF

Overview of the Collection

DeShaw, William, 1834-1900
William DeShaw papers
circa 1849-1963 (inclusive)
1.48 cubic feet (4 boxes) plus 4 microfilm reels
10 volumes; 1 recipe book; 20 misc. pages
Collection Number
0383, 3089
Business records of a general store manager at Agate Point on Puget Sound during the second half of the nineteenth century
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William DeShaw, born William Upenshaw in1834, arrived in San Francisco ca. 1850, allegedly from Nicaragua. He ran a general store at Agate Point on Bainbridge Island for many years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of business and record books for DeShaw's Point Agate Store from 1852 to 1898, plus business records for 1866 and 1887, and a journal of accounts for the Point Agate Trading Post from 1876 to 1880. The collection also includes the New England House register book, San Francisco, Calif. This volume contains guest registrations from Dec. 19, 1849, to Sept. 12, 1850, as well as DeShaw's first ledger entries, 1852 ff. The inside cover of the 1875-1885 ledger includes an itemized account of the burial expenses for Chief Seattle, who died June 7, 1866, paid by William DeShaw.

Persons represented in the Point Agate business records include William Bell, Arthur Armstrong Denny, David S. Maynard, George Anson Meigs, and Chief Seattle.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Also available on microfilm in the repository as Accession 3089-001 and through interlibrary loan. All DeShaw papers have been microfilmed.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Accession No. 0383-001: William DeShaw papers, 1850-1898Return to Top

1.48 cubic feet (4 boxes) (10 volumes; 1 recipe book; 20 misc. pages)

Scope and Content: Business record books of Point Agate Store, 1852-98; plus business records, 1866, 1887; and a journal, 1876-1880, of Point Agate Trading Post. The New England House register book for 1850. This volume contains guest registrations from Dec. 19, 1849 to Sept. 12, 1850 as well as De Shaw's first ledger entries, 1852 ff.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Public Records (use unrestricted when access is granted)

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/2 0383-001
Historical Information--News Release, University of Washington
Box/Folder Accession
1/2 0383-001
Recipes, Miss Enna Thompson?
ca. 1908
1/2 0383-001
Log Counts
Box/Folder Accession
1/3 0383-001
Financial Records
Box/Folder Accession
1/4 0383-001
Biographical Notes Keyed to Ledgers and Journals
compiled by Robert B. Ross
1/5 0383-001
Accounts and Ledgers
Scope and Content: Miscellaneous pages.
1/6 0383-001
William DeShaw, Wholesale and Retail Dealer, Point Agate, Washington Territory
1/7 0383-001
Box/Folder Accession
1/8-10 and 1B 0383-001
New England House Register, San Francisco, Calif.
1/10 and 1B 0383-001
William DeShaw, Point Agate, Washington Territory
1852, 1860-1864, 1866-1885
1/11 0383-001
1885, 1906-1908
1/11 0383-001
Henry E. Husby, Dealer in General Merchandise
Box/Folder Accession
1/12 0383-001
Accounts--Mesquito Bay
1/12 0383-001
Census--Indians Residing on "Madison" Reserve
1/12 0383-001
Court Records
1/12 0383-001
Time Sheet--Thompson and Wilson
1/12 0383-001
1/13 0383-001
Accounts--Port Madison Reserve
Box/Folder Accession
1/13 0383-001
Bartow, Kitsap County, Washington, Regarding Bridge Repairs
1/13 0383-001
Suquamish Tribe
Box Accession
2 0383-001
Account Book--Point Agate, Washington Territory
1860-1863, 1864-1866
3 0383-001
Account Book--Point Agate, Washington Territory
4 0383-001
Account Book--Point Agate, Washington Territory

Accession No. 3089-001: William DeShaw papers, 1850-1898Return to Top

8" linear (4 reels of microfilm)

Scope and Content: Four reels of microfilm (2 neg., 2 pos.). All De Shaw Papers have been filmed.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • General stores--Washington (State)
  • Merchants--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Pioneers--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Suquamish Indians
  • Personal Names :
  • Bell, William N. (William Nathaniel), 1817-1887
  • Denny, Arthur Armstrong, 1822-1899
  • DeShaw, William, 1834-1900--Archives
  • Maynard, David S. (David Swinson), 1808-1873
  • Meigs, George A. (George Anson), 1820-1897
  • Seattle, Chief, 1790-1866
  • Geographical Names :
  • Agate Point (Wash.)
  • Port Madison (Wash.)
  • Puget Sound Region (Wash.)