James Willis Nesmith papers., 1845-1961  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885.
Title
James Willis Nesmith papers.
Dates
1845-1961 (inclusive)
1845-1885 (bulk)
Quantity
2 cubic feet (4 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 577
Summary
Papers of an Oregon lawyer, political figure, and Superintendent of Indian Affairs who served in the U.S. Senate from 1861-1867. Collection includes letters to and from Nesmith, including many related to the pre-Civil War political crisis; diary of overland journey, 1843; and diary and notebook from the Yakima Indian War, 1855. Also includes business records from Nesmith's ranch in Polk County, family and genealogical materials.
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

James Willis Nesmith, a lawyer, rancher, and important Democratic political figure in Oregon, was born July 23, 1820 in New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in Maine, the son of Irish immigrants who suffered financial misfortunes. He attended school in Ohio, lived for a time in Iowa, then came to Oregon with the Applegate wagon train in 1843. Settling at first in Oregon City, he served as a judge under the provisional government from 1845-1846, and member of the Provisional Legislature in 1845. He married Pauline Coff in 1846 and took a donation land claim on the Rickreall River in Polk County. He served in the Yakima Indian war of 1855 and was promoted to Colonel. He held the office of U.S. Marshall, 1855-1856, and Superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1856-1859. In 1860 he was elected U.S. Senator and served in Washington from 1861 to 1867. He was a "war Democrat," although he later opposed the Republican program for reconstruction. After returning to Oregon, he was elected to Congress in 1873 to fill the remainder of the late Joseph Wilson's term. Serving until 1875, he retired to his Polk County ranch. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1884, he was committed to the state asylum in Salem and died at his ranch the following year.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers include: personal and official correspondence (1861-1881), including letters related to Nesmith's work as superintendent of Indian affairs in Oregon, state legislator, and U.S. senator, many reflecting the pre-Civil War crisis in the Democratic Party; diary and notebook from the Yakima Indian War (1855); draft of report (November 19, 1855) from Nesmith to George Law Curry concerning the First Regiment of the Oregon Mounted Volunteers; speeches; genealogical materials; account book (1850-1857); ledger (1852-1860); list of voters (1860). Correspondents include Jesse Applegate, Asahel Bush, George Law Curry, Matthew P. Deady, Joseph Hooker, Joseph Lane, Robert Newell, and Benjamin Stark.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Overland diary of James Nesmith also available on microfilm at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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

James Willis Nesmith Papers, Mss 577, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Letters to Nesmith
Box/Folder
1/1
Ab - Ain
  • Abernethy, GeorgeMar. 9, 1859; July 6, 1861

    2 letters

  • Ainsworth, John CommigersFeb. 27, 1859-Feb. 8, 1869

    6 letters

1/2
Al - Au (excluding Apllegate, J.)
  • Alvord, BenjaminJune 22, 1862-July [25], 1863

    4 letters

  • Ankeny, Alexander P.Dec. 27, 1860

    1 letter

  • Applegate, Elisha LindsayOct. 29, 1861

    1 letter

  • Ark, DanielApril 13, 1974

    1 letter

  • Ashmead, LewisMay 27 [no year]

    1 letter

  • Atkinson, R. J.Apr. 12, 1859

    1 letter

  • Augur, Christopher ColonMay 8, 1861

    1 letter

1/3-4
Jesse Applegate
53 letters
July 20, 1845-Jan. 16, 1884
1/5
Ba - Barnes (excluding Barnhart)
  • Bache, Alexander DallasMay 13, 1862; June 15, 1862

    2 letter

  • Baker, Edward DickinsonMay 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • Barkwell, M. C.Feb. 25, 1862

    1 letter

  • Barnard, A. D.June 22, 1862

    1 letter

  • Barnard, W. E.Aug. 21, 1867

    1 letter

  • Barnes, Joseph K.July 14, 1864-June 30, 1868

    6 letters

1/6
Barnhart
  • Barnhart, William H.Mar. 22, 1856-Dec. 16, 1868

    13 letters

1856-1868
1/7
Barnum - Boon
  • Barnum, E. M.Sept. 1-Oct. 22, 1862

    3 letters

  • Barstow, F. S.Jan. 5, 1867

    1 letter

  • Bennett, CharlesSept. 26, 1848

    1 letter

  • Berry, Thomas W.June 12, 1865; Mar. 19, 1868

    2 letters

  • Biddle, Benjamin R.Aug. 18, 1862

    1 letter

  • Bigelow, Daniel R.Nov. 14, 1853

    1 letter

  • Boise, ElizabethJune [1862]

    1 letter

  • Bond, Frank S.May 3, 1864

    1 letter

  • Boon, John DanielJan. 21, 1862

    1 letter

  • Boon, John LeeApr. 19, 1861; May 25, 1862

    2 letters

1/8
Br - Burkhart
  • Bristow, William WilshireFeb. 21, 1862

    1 letter

  • Brooks, Quincy AdamsJuly 24, 1862

    1 letter

  • Broughton, N.June 7, 12, 1862

    2 letters

  • Brown, Z. J.Mar. 7, 1862

    1 letter

  • Browne, John RossNov. 5, 1857-Feb. 5, 1862

    4 letters

  • Bruce, JamesJan. 22, 1862

    1 letter

  • Burbank, Augustus RipleyApr. 19, 1862

    1 letter

  • Burkhart, C. D.Apr. 2, 21, 1862

    2 letters

  • Burkhart, L. C.Apr. 26, 1862

    1 letter

1/9
Burnett - Butler
  • Burnett, Peter HardemanAug. 4, 1865; Feb. 27, 1866

    2 letters

  • Bush, AsahelSept. 9, 1855; Feb. 6-Aug. 13, 1862

    12 letters

  • Bush, William W. and S. W. Moss [letter to Nesmith and Stark]May 13, 1862

    1 letter

  • Butler, Benjamin FranklinFeb. 27, 1864

    1 letter

1/10
Ca - Cl
  • Campbell, Lewis DavisMay 7, 1866

    1 letter

  • Cann, T. H.Sept. 19, 1881

    1 letter

  • Chadwick, Stephen FowlerDec. 28, 1858; Mar. 12-May 12, 1862

    4 letters

  • Chase, Henri M.July 14, 1883

    1 letter

  • Clark, Hansom and Joel PalmerSept. 29, 1851

    1 letter

1/11
Co
  • Cochran, Silas D.Mar. 25-May 5, 1862

    3 letters

  • Coe, Lawrence WhiteAug. 31, July 21, 1862

    2 letters

  • Coe, NathanielApr. 8, Aug. 12, 1862

    2 letters

  • Cole, JamesSept. 15, 1862

    1 letter

  • Conkling, EdgarFeb. 28-May 27, 1862

    3 letters

  • Connell, J. A.Aug. 16, 1862

    1 letter

  • Corbett, Henry WinslowMar. 8, 1862; Jan. 9, 1863

    2 letters

  • Cowen, EdgarDec. 3, 1873

    1 letter

1/12
Cr - Cu
  • Craig, T.June 8, 1862

    1 letter

  • Crane, C. H.Mar. 15, 1879

    1 letter

  • Cranston, EphraimApr. 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Crawford, MedoremMay 29, Aug. 27, 1862; Jan. 9, 1879

    3 letters

  • Crawford, S. G.Mar. 29, Apr. 6, 1862

    2 letters

  • Cummins, HenryMay 5, 1862

    1 letter

  • Cummins, JohnApr. 23, 1862

    1 letter

  • Curry, George LawFeb. 29, 1848-Sept. 19, 1856

    7 letters

  • Cushman, JosephMar. 1, 16, 1862

    2 letters

1/13
Da - De (excluding Deady)
  • Dan, W. L.Feb. 12, 1862

    1 letter

  • Dandy, G. B.Dec. 21, 1862; Feb. 27, 1867

    2 letters

  • Davenport, Timothy woodbridgeJune 3, 1883

    1 letter

  • Davis, Jefferson C.May 2, 1874

    1 letter

  • Davis, L. A.June 23, 1862

    1 letter

  • Deifendorff, P. H.Jan. 2, 1848

    1 letter

  • Denlinger, HenryMar. 25, 1862

    1 letter

1/14-23
Deady, Matthew Paul
171 letters
Feb. 23, 1851-June 30, 1882
Box/Folder
1/14
M. P. Deady
1851-1852
1/15
M. P. Deady
1853-1854
1/16
M. P. Deady
1855-1856
1/17
M. P. Deady
1857-1859
1/18
M. P. Deady
1860-1861
1/19
M. P. Deady
1862-1863
1/20
M. P. Deady
1864
1/21
M. P. Deady
1865-1866
1/22
M. P. Deady
1867-1876
1/23
M. P. Deady
1877-1882
1/24
Di - Do
  • Dole, William P.Mar. 13, 1865; Mar. 28, 1865

    2 letters

  • Dolph, Joseph NortonMar. 28, 1862; Oct. 22, 1883

    2 letters

  • Dowell, Benjamin FranklinApr. 1, 1857

    1 letter

1/25
Dra - Drew, E. P.
  • Draper, Lyman C.June 10, 1862

    1 letter

  • Drew, C. S.Feb. 22, May 23, 1862} Jan. 24, 1865

    3 letters

  • Drew, Edwin P.Apr. 14, 1855; Apr. 14, May 2, 1862

    3 letters

1/26
J. Drew - Dryer
  • Drew, Joseph W.Mar. 8-Sept. 28, 1862

    9 letters

  • Dryer, Thomas JeffersonNov. 23, 1861; Feb. 7, 1862

    2 letters

2/1
E
  • Eddy, C. B.July 26, 1862

    1 letter

  • Edmunds, George FranklinOct. 9, 1883

    1 letter

  • Elfelt, A. B.Aug. 1, 1862

    1 letter

  • Elkins, JamesMar. 19, 1862

    1 letter

  • Emory, Matilda W. (Bache)July 6, [1861]

    1 letter

  • Emory, W. H. (Gen'l, USA)June, 11, 25, 1861

    2 letters

  • Evans, Charles[Oct?] 29, 1863

    1 letter

  • Evans, ElwoodSept. 20, 1862

    1 letter

2/2
Fa
  • Fagan, RobertMar. 7, 1876

    1 letter

  • Farrar, William H.Oct. 9, 1853-Oct. 16, 1862

    9 letters

2/3
Fi - Fr
  • Fisk and HatchMar. 13, 1862

    1 letter

  • Francis, SimeonJune 19, July 28, 1862

    2 letters

  • Franz, D. W.June 10, 1862 (2)

    2 letters

  • Frisbie, John B.Nov. 30, 1862

    1 letter

2/4
Ga - Gri
  • Gaines, Archibald E.June 15, 1862

    1 letter

  • Gale, JosephApr. 22, 1880

    1 letter

  • Gaston, JosephOct. 26, 1865; Feb. 12, 1866

    2 letters

  • Gates, Nathaniel H.Apr. 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • Geary, Edward RachfordMar. [?], 1852; June 14, 1878

    2 letters

  • Gibbons, A. M.Aug. 27, 1862; undated

    2 letters

  • Gibbs, Addison CrandallJuly 18, 1862; Jan. 24, 1874

    2 letters

  • Grant, Ulysses SimpsonFeb. 14, 1867; undated

    2 letters

  • Greenwood, A. B.July 16, 1859

    1 letter

  • Grimm, John W.Jan. 26, 1862

    1 letter

2/5
Gro - Gu
  • Groux, D. E.Feb. 16, 1863

    1 letter

  • Grover, C.Dec. 5, 1865

    1 letter

  • Grover, LafayetteDec. 18, 1858-Jan. 6, 1874

    7 letters

  • Guthrie, G. W.Oct. 28, 1861; Apr. 30, 1862

    2 letters

2/6
H - Han
  • Haller, Granville OwenDec. 16, 1855; May 12, July 21, 1856

    3 letters

  • Hamilton, E.Feb. 20, May 2, 1862; Nov. 25, 1873

    3 letters

  • Hancock, Winfield ScottDec. 6 1864-May 14, 1866; Jan. 19, 1874

    4 letters

2/7
Har - Haz
  • Hardie, James A.Jan. 9, 1861

    1 letter

  • Harding, Benjamin F.Dec. 20, 1861-June 6, 1863

    5 letters

  • Hartauff, George S.Dec. 25, 1861

    1 letter

  • Harvey, J. W. McL.July 11, 1883

    1 letter

  • Hawley, L. C.May 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Hasen, William BabcockOct. 20, 1858; June 1, Dec. 14, 1862

    3 letters

2/8
He - Hol
  • Heath, LucienDec. 6, 1861 (2); Apr. 8, 1862

    3 letters

  • Henderson, John BrooksMar. 29, 1869

    1 letter

  • Herring, C. F.July 28, 1877

    1 letter

  • Hill, William LairJuly 12, 1883

    1 letter

  • Hoffman, OgdenNov. 9, 1866

    1 letter

  • Hoffman, WilliamSept. 28, 1861

    1 letter

  • Holbrook, AmoryMar. 9, 1862 (2); Mar. 20, 1862

    3 letters

  • Holbrook, Mary H.May 22, June 6, 1862

    2 letters

2/9
Hooker, Joseph
12 letters
  • 19 December 1859

    8 pp

  • 18 January 1861

    3 pp

  • 14 June 1861

    1 p

  • 26 December 1861

    2 pp

  • 24 April 1862

    2 pp + 4 pp enclosures (4pp typescript)

  • 4 May 1862

    3 pp (1pp typescript)

  • 5 May 1862

    7 pp (2pp typescript)

  • 13 May 1862

    3 pp (1pp typescript)

  • 11 July 1862

    4 pp (1pp typescript)

  • 8 October? 1862

    3 pp

  • 9 April 1864

    3 pp

  • 9 April 1865

    3 pp

Dec. 19, 1859-Apr. 9, 1865
2/10
Hop - Hu
  • Hopkins, CharlesJune 7, 1862

    1 letter

  • Howard, Hugh H.Oct. 13, 1862

    1 letter

  • Hubbard, Thomas JeffersonSept. 24, 1858

    1 letter, copy

  • Hubbell, William L.Mar. 21, 1862

    1 letter

  • Humason, OrlandoJan. 1, 1862; Jan. 29, 1864

    2 letters

  • Huntington, J. W. PeritSept. 26, 1861; Feb. 1, 1866

    2 letters

2/11
I
  • Ihrie, George P.Dec. 14, 1855; Jan. 26, 1856

    2 letters

  • Ingalls, RufusJune 15, 1861-Mar. 23, 1864

    8 letters

  • Ironsides, R. B.June 13, 1862

    1 letter

2/12
K
  • Kearny, E. S.Mar. 13, 1860-June 21, 1862

    5 letters

  • Kelly, JohnJan. 1, 1862

    1 letter

  • Kendall, Benjamin FreemanNov. 12, 1861-July 18, 1862

    7 letters

  • Kilgore, JamesMar. 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Killin, BentonDec. 27, 1874

    1 letter

  • King, PrestonMay 26, 1862

    1 letter

2/13
La (except Lane)
  • Ladd, John WesleyJuly 20, 1866

    1 letter

  • Ladd, Robert J.May 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • Ladd, William SargentJan. 10-May 14, 1862

    4 letters

  • LaDow, George AugustusApr. 20, 1874

    1 letter

  • Lamson, Roswell H.May 13, 1862; Jan. 7, 1865

    2 letters

  • Latham, Milton SlocumOct. 12, Dec. 25, 1863; Feb. 11, 1865

    3 letters

2/14
Lane
  • Lane, JosephSept. 11, 1849-Apr. 14, 1855

    18 letters

2/15
Le - Lo
  • LeConte, John L.June 19, 1862

    1 letter

  • Lee, HughFeb. 7, 1862

    1 letter

  • Leonard, W. B.Aug. 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • Leonard and GreenJuly 20, Sept. 2, 1862

    2 letters

  • Livermore, W. H.Oct. 1, 1874

    1 letter

  • Logan, DavidFeb. 12, 1869

    1 letter

  • Lovejoy, Asa LawrenceDec. 21, 1846; Dec. 18, 1847; July 8, 1866

    3 letters

2/16
Mc - Mag
  • McBride, JamesDec. 12, 1865

    1 letter

  • McClure, T. C.Mar. 19-May 25, 1862

    3 letters

  • McCoy, J. F.Mar. 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • McCully, Asa A.Jan. 3, 1862

    1 letter

  • McFeely, MichaelJan. 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • McKay, William CameronJuly 3, 1854

    1 letter

  • Magruder, W. T.June 1, 1862

    1 letter

2/17
Man - May
  • Mansfield, J. K, F.Mar. 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Marshall, Anson S.May 22, Sept. 27, 1862

    2 letters

  • Maury, Reuben F.Jan. 6-Mar. 4, 1862; Apr. 22, 1866

    4 letters

  • May, Samuel E.Mar. 24, May 1, 1862

    2 letters

2/18
Me - My
  • Merry, T. B.Oct. 21, 1878

    1 letter

  • Miller, Frank, and othersSept. 14, 1865

    1 letter

  • Mitchell, IraMay 31, 1862

    1 letter

  • Mix, Gustavus L.Mar. 31, 1862

    1 letter

  • Monteith, ThomasMar. 22, 1862

    1 letter

  • Morehouse, Edgar P.July 7, 1862

    1 letter

  • Morgan, Edward S.Feb. 18, 26, 1862

    2 letters

  • Morrow, R.May 11, 1866

    1 letter

  • Mott, C. H.Sept. 29, 1859

    1 letter

  • Mulkey, Marion F.Apr. 18, 1862

    1 letter

  • Myer, Albert J.Oct. 20, 1867

    1 letter

2/19
N
  • Nesmith, JohnMar. 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Newell, RobertJan. 13, 1861-Jan. 20, 1863; Apr. 9, 1868

    9 letters

  • Nibley, A. E.Apr. 28, 1862

    1 letter

2/20
O
  • Olney, CyrusJuly 15, 1854-Feb. 24, 1862

    5 letters

  • Olney, NathanOct. 31, 1854

    1 letter

  • O'Meara, JamesFeb. 13, 1860

    1 letter

  • O'Neill, JamesJuly 26, 1862

    1 letter

  • Owen, H. C.Jan. 25, 1862

    1 letter

2/21
Pa - Po
  • Page, William WilmorFeb. 7, 1862

    1 letter

  • Parker, S. H.Apr. 30, 1862

    1 letter

  • Parmer, ThomasAug. 8, 1862

    1 letter

  • Parrish, Josiah L.July 6, 1878

    1 letter

  • Pendleton, George Hunt[1862?]

    1 letter

  • Pengra, Bynon J.Jan. 21, May 10, 1862

    2 letters

  • Pettygrove, Francis W.Nov. 15, 1861

    1 letter

  • Pickett, Charles E.Aug. 25, 1860

    1 letter

  • Pinn, FranklinMay 23, 1862

    1 letter

  • Plessonton, A.June 5, 11, 1861

    2 letters

  • Porter, David W.Jan. 15, 1861-May 7, 1862

    5 letters

2/22
Pr - Py
  • Pratt, Orville C.Mar. 31, 1853; Jan. 27, 1861-Aug. 18, 1862; ??? 25, 1875

    11 letters

  • Pyle, James M.Mar. 14-June 1, 1862

    4 letters

2/23
Q - Rector
  • Quimble, J. M.Aug. 30, 1862

    1 letter

  • Rector, William HenryDec. 5, 1861-Nov. 20, 1862

    6 letters

2/24
Reed - Ru
  • Reed, Simeon GannettJan. 1, 1862

    1 letter

  • Rogers, Amos E.Feb. 22, Mar. 22, 1862

    2 letters

  • Rowland, GeorgeFeb. 19, 1862

    1 letter

  • Ruffner, PeterApr. 18, 1858; Feb. 6, 1859

    2 letters

2/25
Se - Si
  • Seward, William HenryDec. 15, 1864

    1 letter

  • Shannon, WesleyMar. 1, 1862

    1 letter

  • Shattuck, Erasmus D.Nov. 26, 1874

    1 letter

  • Sheridan, Philip HenryDec. 5, 1862; Jan. 15, 1866

    2 letters

  • [Shrubrick?], W. B.Dec. 28, 1863

    1 letter

  • Simpson, BenjaminNov. 28, 1861; June 14, 1862

    2 letters

2/26
Sm - Sp
  • Smallwood, James B.May 26, Aug. 28, 1862

    2 letters

  • Smith, Albert J.Oct. 29, 1858

    1 letter

  • Smith, DelazonNov. 30, 1858; Feb. A, 1859

    2 letters

  • Smith, [Edward Henry?]Jan. 8, 1862

    1 letter

  • Smith, HiramDec. 12, [1861?]

    1 letter

  • Smith, James A.Mar. 7, 1876

    1 letter

  • Smith, JohnSept. 3, 1866

    1 letter

  • Smith, TrumanMay 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Snook, J. S.Nov. 25, 1862

    1 letter

  • Spencer, W. H.June 9, 1862

    1 letter

2/27
Sta
  • Staats, StephenDec. 1, 1861; June 16, 1862

    2 letters

  • Stark, BenjaminNov. 21, 1855-Jan. 12, 1884

    9 letters

  • Starkweather, William A.Feb. 21, 1862

    1 letter

2/28
Ste
  • Steinberger, JustusFeb. 20-July 10, 1862

    4 letters

  • Stephens, James B.Feb. 21, 1862

    1 letter

  • Stevens, Isaac IngallsMar. 15-June 20, 1862

    5 letters

2/29
Sto - Sw
  • Stout, LansingFeb. 5, 1858; Jan. 28, 1860; Mar. 4, 1866

    3 letters

  • Stratton, Riley EvansJan. 20, 1862

    1 letter

  • Strong, WilliamMay 19, 1853

    1 letter

  • Swords, ThomasFeb. 24, 1858-June 19, 1862

    5 letters

2/30
Th - Tichenor
  • Thornton, Jesse Quinn. [See also E. Hamilton to Nesmith]May 22, 1847

    1 letter

  • Tichenor, WilliamDec. 12, 1861-Apr. 24, 1862

    5 letters

2/31
Tilton - Tw
  • Tilton, Alfred E.Mar., 1862

    2 letters

  • Tilton, Charles E.Aug. 19-Sept. A, 1862

    5 letters

  • Tilton, A. E. and C. E.Apr. 4-Oct. 15, 1862

    2 letters

  • Tolmie, William FraserJune 19, 1883; undated

    2 letters

  • Twogood, James HenryDec. 8, 1866

    1 letter

2/32
V - Wa
  • Van Riper, S.undated

    1 letter

  • Wait, Aaron E.Feb. 28, 1866

    1 letter

  • Wakeman, Dimon & Co.May 14-June 2, 1862

    3 letters

  • Wakeman, Gookin & DickinsonMay 9, 1864

    1 letter

  • Walker, C. M.Aug. 26, 1849

    1 letter

  • Waller, Alvin F.Apr. 30, 1862

    1 letter

  • Warren, W.Feb. 27, 1862

    1 letter

  • Watt, JosephApr. 24, 1862

    1 letter

  • Waymire, FredJan. 18, Nov. 4, 1850; Jan. 14, 1853

    3 letters

2/33
Wh - Wy
  • White, ElijahMar. 30, 1862

    1 letter

  • White, William L.Feb. 19, 1862

    1 letter

  • Whiteaker, JohnMar. 24, 1861

    1 letter

  • Whittlesey, S. H.Jan. 3, 1862

    1 letter

  • Wilbur, James HarveyDec. 28, 1861-July 23, 1864

    4 letters

  • Williams, GeorgeFeb. 9, 1862

    1 letter

  • Williams, George HenryAug. 14, 1883

    1 letter

  • Wilson, Eupheme C.Apr. 11, 1862

    1 letter

  • Wilson, Joseph Gardner[1853?]-Sept. 29, 1862

    4 letters

  • Wilson, James M.July 11, Oct. 11, 1862

    2 letters

Letters by Nesmith
Many of these are copies
Box/Folder
3/1
A- Bo
  • Alvord, BenjaminDec. 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Applegate, JesseJan. 3, 1859-Apr. 20, 1876

    8 letters

  • Bond, Frank S.Apr. 29, 1864

    1 letter

3/2
Bush
  • Bush, AsahelMay 28, 1851-Dec. 11, 1866

    35 letters

3/3
C - G
  • Campbell, L. D.May 20, 1866

    1 letter

  • Crawford.Apr. 2, 1863

    1 letter

  • Dole, William P.June 2, 1862, June 27, 1864

    2 letters

  • Doolittle, J. R.Mar. 28, 1865

    1 letter

  • Dowell, Benjamin FranklinJune 11, 1877

    1 letter

  • Edmunds, George R.Oct. 20, 1883

    1 letter

  • Failing, HenryJuly 22, 1877

    1 letter

  • Goff, DavidMar. 20, 1863

    1 letter

  • Gordon, HarveyDec. 22, 1860; Feb. 6-Apr. 19, 1861

    6 letters

  • Grier, WilliamNov. 19, 1858

    1 letter

3/4
H - Ladd
  • Harlan, JamesOct. 23, 1865

    1 letter

  • Hill, William LairFeb. 15, 1883

    1 letter

  • Jenkins, WillisSept. 2, 1856

    1 letter

  • Jordan, ThomasSept. 7, 1859

    1 letter

  • Knott, W. W.Nov. 19, 1883

    1 letter

  • Ladd, William SargentMay 3, 1885

    1 letter

3/5
Lane - M
  • Lane, JosephAug. 21, 1858; undated

    2 letters

  • McArthur, L. L.Dec. 28, 1873; Ap 4, 1874; Feb. 12, 1880

    3 letters

  • Maury, Reuben F.Apr. 3, 1862

    1 letter

  • [Mendell?], ______Jan. 3, 1862

    1 letter

  • Miller, Frank, and othersSept. 16, 1865

    1 letter

  • Mix, Charles E.Nov. 12, 1858

    1 letter

3/6
O - S
  • O'Meara, JamesDec. 4, 1859; June 3, 1873

    2 letters

  • Pope, JohnDec. 12, 1863

    1 letter

  • Smith, DelazonJune 9, 1859 [incomplete]
  • Squier, E. G.Dec. 27, 1865

    1 letter

  • Stanton, Edward M.Dec. 18, 1865

    1 letter

  • Stark, BenjaminApr. 27, 1860

    1 letter

  • Stevens, Isaac IngallsNov. 1, 1858, Jan, 16. 1860

    2 letters

3/7
T - W
  • Thornton, Jesse QuinnMay 20, 1847

    1 letter

  • Tilton, A. E. and C. E.May 28, 1862

    1 letter

  • Waldo, ClaraJune 22, 1882

    1 letter

  • Whitson, W. C.May 27, 1864

    1 letter

  • Wilson, Joseph GardnerNov, 29, 1862

    1 letter

  • Wilson, SamuelJune 27, 1845

    1 letter

  • Wyeth, GeorgeDec. 29, 1862

    1 letter

Box/Folder
3/8
Letters to family
27 letters
  • Letters to wife and children1853-1881

    27 letters

  • Letter to his cousin HarrietSept. 23, 1863

    1 letter

  • Letters to his motherJuly 26, 1862; Sept. 22, 1862

    2 letters

3/9
Letters to cousin, Albert Otis
(typescript copy), 7 letters
1867-1881
3/10
Other letters
These letters in the Nesmith collection neither addressed to him nor from him.
  • William Henry Rector to Harvey GordonJan. 9-Apr. 24, 1862

    3 letters

  • S. G. French to Rufus IngallsJune 14, 1866

    1 letter

  • F. Haven to Benjamin Alvord, relating to joint occupation of San Juan IslandSept. 18, 1864

    copy, 1 letter

  • J. K. Barnes to Lloyd BrookeFeb. 6, 1866

    copy, 1 letter

  • J. K. Barnes to John GreenFeb. 6, 1866

    copy, 1 letter

  • J. K. Barnes to R. R. ThompsonFeb. 6, 1866

    copy, 1 letter

  • James Harlan to Andrew JohnsonDec. 20, 1665

    copy, 1 letter

  • Oregon Delegation to William P. FessendenJan. 5, 1865

    copy, 1 letter

Series II:  General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/11
Draft of report to George Law Curry. First Regt. Oregon Mounted
Nov. 19, 1855
3/12
Eulogy of Charles Sumner (incomplete) delivered in House of Representatives.
1874
3/13
Address to Oregon Pioneer Association
June 15, 1875
3/14
Diary and notebook, Yakima War
1855
3/15
Autobiography, biography, letters relating to Nesmith family history, genealogy.
1881-1187; 1961; undated
3/16
S. A. Clarke notes on Nesmith
undated
3/17
Biographical and genealogical notes, letters and manuscripts
1893-1894, undated
3/18
Receipt note and general materials
1855-1866, undated
3/19
General materials
  • Telegram. Harding, Bush, Boise, and Heath to NesmithFeb. 22, 1862

    1 letter

  • Bond, Supt. of Indian AffairsApr. 22, 1857

    1 letter

  • Orders and Instructions to Capt. Jas. W. Nesmith... [Curry]Aug. 25, 1853

    1 letter

  • 2 passes, "over the bridge and within the lines," [Washington D.C.]June 14, July 7, 1861

    1 letter

  • Notice of election, Judge of OregonJune 12, 1845

    1 letter

  • "General Orders No. 19" - R. F. Maury.June 23, 1865

    1 letter

1844-1866
3/20
Design of Gravestone
1 letter
undated
4/1
Account book
J. W. Nesmith & Co., and newspaper subscribers' accounts.
1850-1857
4/2
Ledger
1 volume
1852-1860
4/3
List of voters, 1860 election, Oregon.
1 volume
1860
4/4
Diary of westward journey
2 volumes
Ends Sept. 15. Not complete. For transcription, see Oregon Historical Quarterly, vol. 7 (1906), pp. 330-359. Complete diary also available on microfilm.
1843
Oversize folder
Continuation of diary
1843
4/5
"Names of the emigrants of 1843, including all who started either to Oregon or California"
undated
Oversize folder
Certificate of appointment of James Nesmith as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Washington and Oregon
1857 March 15
Oversize folder
Coat of arms of Nesmith family, on cloth
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of North America--Oregon--Wars
  • Pacific Coast Indians--Wars with, 1847-1865
  • Yakama Indians--Wars, 1855-1859
  • Personal Names :
  • Applegate, Jesse A., 1811-1888--Correspondence
  • Bush, Asahel, 1824-1913--Correspondence
  • Curry, Geo. L. (George Law), 1820-1878--Correspondence
  • Deady, Matthew P. (Matthew Paul), 1824-1893--Correspondence
  • Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879--Correspondence
  • Lane, Joseph, 1801-1881--Correspondence
  • Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885--Correspondence
  • Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885--Diaries
  • Newell, Robert, 1807-1869--Correspondence
  • Stark, Benjamin, 1820-1898--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Democratic Party (Or.)
  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Oregon Superintendency--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--History--1859-
  • Oregon--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Oregon--History--To 1859
  • Oregon--Militia--Officers--Correspondence
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • Oregon--Politics and government--To 1859
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Financial records
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Speeches