Reverend John Smith Griffin was a missionary who emigrated to Oregon with the Whitman-Spalding group in 1839. In the 1840s, he participated in the Champoeg Meetings, founded the Congregationalist Church of Tualatin Plains, and published a newspaper. This collection of original letters and documents includes material related to the early settlement of Oregon, to the Whitman Massacre, to the Griffin Family, to the Congregationalist Church in Tualatin Plains, and to his newspaper, The Oregon American and Evangelical Unionist.
The Lymans were a family of early Oregon settlers who were active in missionary, educational and literary activities. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence between member of the Lyman family and their friends between the years of 1846 to 1883.
Marcus Whitman was a missionary in the Oregon Territory who was killed by Cayuse Indians in 1847. These letters, sent to his friend Alanson Hinman, shed light on conditions at the mission in the weeks before his death.