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George Abernethy Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a provisional governor of the Oregon Territory, churchman, and merchant. Includes letterpress copybook, 1847-1850; additional correspondence, including correspondence with Neil M. Howison, captain of the schooner Shark, wrecked on the bar of the Columbia River; papers of the Brig Henry Association, ca. 1850; papers of George's son William Abernethy; legal, military, and business papers; receipts, biographical data, clippings and ephemera.
 
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Adair family reminiscences

Repository:University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
Summary:Collection comprises photocopied typescripts of reminiscences by and about Mary Ann Dickinson Adair and John Adair. John Adair and his family traveled to Oregon via Panama and California after President Polk appointed him Collector of Customs in Astoria. The texts concern life in Kentucky and Oregon and include family information and transcriptions of archival records. Texts of letters written by Mrs. Adair during the journey are also included.
 
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Couch Family Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of the family of John Heard Couch, one of the original developers of the townsite of Portland, Oregon, and his descendents, including members of the Glisan and Robertson families. Papers include correspondence, legal papers, land ownership records, clippings, family Bibles, journals of John Heard Couch, and papers concerning Couch's wife Caroline and their descendants Caroline Wilson, Clementine Lewis, and Elizabeth and Rodney Glisan. Of special note is John Heard Couch's logbook, 1853-1858, for voyages on the ships Chenamus and Madonna; and the travel diary of Nan Robertson, 1911-1912, written during a trip to San Francisco and Southern Asia.
 
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William Henry Gray Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of Dr. William Henry Gray, a physician and lay missionary for the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions who was active in the Oregon Territory. Includes typescripts of letters and other documents regarding missionary activities; typescript of the diary of Gray's wife, Mary Augusta Dix Gray; and original manuscript of William Henry Gray's diary, 1836-1837.
 
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James Willis Nesmith papers.

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
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.
 
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Joseph Lane papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers include correspondence (1848-1875) received during Lane's service as Oregon's delegate to Congress; territorial proclamations (1847-1849); copy letters written by Lane (1848-1861); photocopy of report (1849) to the U.S. secretary of war concerning the customs and locations of various Indian tribes in the Oregon Territory; mailing lists (1848-1859) of Lane's constituents when he held public office; survey of Lane's donation land claim; orders, reports, and requisitions created while Lane served in the Mexican War; documents (1849-1851) related to the Rogue River Indian wars and Whitman Massacre.
 
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Menefee (Leah Collins) Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Research materials and drafts of article "Cutoff Fever, 1853" (1976-1978) by Leah Collins Menefee and Lowell Tiller, regarding the Elijah Elliott wagon train to Oregon, 1853, and the Free Emigrant Road or Elliot Cutoff. Includes copies of diaries, reminiscences, and other documents.
 
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Benjamin Stark Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a merchant, land proprietor, and U.S. Senator from Oregon who also lived in New London, Connecticut. Includes extensive correspondence relating to business, politics, and family matters. Correspondents include: John Adair, Asahel Bush, E.S. Kearney, Ladd & Tilton, David Logan, David McLoughlin, Simeon G. Reed, Sherman & Stark, William Strong, Clement L. Vallandingham, and members of the Stark family of New London, Ct. Also includes accounts, land claim papers, Masonic documents, speeches, and ephemera.

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