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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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American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions records

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Typescript copies of journal extracts, reports, correspondence, and financial documents of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions concerning its missionary operations in Oregon and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii); includes J. S. Green's report on exploration of the northwest coast of North America, and correspondence with Marcus Whitman and Henry H. Spalding, among others. Also includes some original documents.
 
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James Birnie papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a Hudson's Bay Company agent, justice of the peace, and early merchant of Cathlamet, Washington Territory. Includes Birnie & Co. accounts with Abernethy & Co.; Allan, Lowe & Co.; Henry W. Corbett; Ladd, Reed, & Co.; and other business in northwestern Oregon and California. Also inlcludes fishery accounts; real estate records of Cathlamet; estate papers of James A. Scarborough; and guardianship records of Edwin and Robert Scarborough.
 
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Philip Buehner Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:The collection contains materials relating to Philip Buehner's family and business interests, including the lumber industry, establishment of the Bull Run water system, and other water supply systems. Includes materials formerly designated as Mss 82-1.
 
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Thomas Joseph Burns papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers, printed ephemera, books and pamphlets collected by Thomas J. Burns, a socialist leader who ran a watch repair shop in Portland, Oregon, through the early 1950s. Includes pamphlets, books, broadsides, and clippings relating to national, local and Oregon politics, and a small amount of personal correspondence.
 
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Charles Henry Carey Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a Portland, Oregon, lawyer, municipal court judge, civic leader, and author of History of Oregon (1922). Includes correspondence, published materials, speech and lecture materials, files on organizations, and bail book list (1893-1894) of early Oregon settlers.
 
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Celilo Falls Indian Relocation Project Records

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Records collected by Barbara MacKenzie as part of a U.S. Government project to relocate Native Americans displaced by the construction of the Dalles Dam in eastern Oregon and Washington State. Includes case files on individuals, including biographical information and photographs of housing; correspondence; minutes of meetings; and relocation plans.
 
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Justin Chenoweth papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Handwritten diary, letterbooks, and documents relating to Justin Chenoweth's travel to Oregon and work as a surveyor, mail carrier, and justice of the peace in Oregon and Washington Territory, primarily from the years 1848 to 1862. Includes family correspondence.
 
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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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Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a farmer, surveyor, merchant, lawyer, and justice of the peace in Gilliam County, Oregon. Includes correspondence, diary, financial records, notes on farming, scale drawings and plans for farm structures and houses, and genealogical materials.
 
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Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a Unitarian minister of Portland, Oregon, including correspondence, speeches, and school records of his grandaughter Ruth Eliot Johnson.
 
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Episcopal Church Collection

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Collection of materials assembled by the Oregon Historical Society relating to the Episcopal Church in Oregon. Includes papers relating to Bishops Thomas Fielding Scott, Benjamin Wistar Morris, Charles Scadding, and Walter Taylor Sumner; other clergy members; local churches; materials relating to Good Samaritan Hospital, Bishop Scott Academy, and St. Helens Hall, all of Portland; and records of the Women's Auxiliary. Much of the collection was assembled by Rev. Edward H. Clark. Also includes microfilm of church records for various Oregon parishes, including the Missionary Diocese of Eastern Oregon.
 
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Edward R. Geary papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of Edward R. Geary, a pioneer missionary and Presbyterian minister who served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Oregon and Washington State from 1859 to 1861, founded Albany College, and was a Regent of the University of Oregon. Includes correspondence, writings, and financial records, including copies of letters from Geary's brother, John W. Geary; papers relating to the Oregon Central Railroad; papers relating to the estate of John Webster Perit Huntington; and detailed expenditure reports from the Oregon Office of Indian Affairs, 1859-1861.
 
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Addison Crandall Gibbs Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of Addison Crandall Gibbs, Republican governor of Oregon from 1862-1866, consisting primarily of official and business correspondence. Also included are family materials, legal materials, files on the Oregon State Penitentiary, files on public lands, and a scrapbook compiled during Gibbs's stay in London at the end of his life.
 
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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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Hill Military Academy Records

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Records relating to the Hill Military Academy, a private boys secondary school in Portland, Oregon. Most material was created by the school's director, Joseph W. Hill, and includes a small amount of correspondence, drawings of the school building, scrapbook, and lists of students. Some materials relate to the Bishop Scott Academy in Portland, for which Hill was director prior to 1901.
 
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J.H. Horner Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a Wallowa County, Oregon, official and amateur historian. Includes manuscript of his unpublished book Wallowa River and Valley as well as correspondence with Otis Halfmoon and other papers.
 
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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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James Judge Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of an Assistant United State Treasury Agent to the seal fisheries at St. George, Pribilof Islands, Alaska. Includes detailed notebooks and diaries containing observations on seals, foxes, coal, and other matters; fox and seal reports; census of St. Paul and St. George Islands; letters from U.S. Treasury agent Joseph Murray; and a diary of Judge's wife, Helen.
 
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William M. King Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a merchant, civic leader, and territorial legislator of Portland, Oregon. Includes correspondence, financial records, notebooks, and ledgers. Materials relate to King's enterprises, including the firms of Butler & King, King & Kittridge, and a lawsuit concerning King's work on the Erie Canal.
 
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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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Seth Lewelling papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of an Oregon pioneer nurseryman dating from the late 19th century and containing business correspondence, letterpress copy book, account books and financial records, and daily diaries with business-related entries. Also includes correspondence and legal documents from Lewelling's stepdaughter, Florence Olson.
 
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Locey family papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Journals, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, of Cyrus T. and Maria M. Locey, pioneer farmers and ranchers in Malheur County in eastern Oregon.
 
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John Marsh Smith Letters

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Letters of prospector and businessman John Marsh Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, to his family and friends, detailing his experiences travelling, prospecting, and doing business in California and Oregon in 1850. Also includes family-related letters sent to and from Smith from other years.
 
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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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James Boyce Montgomery family papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of three generations of the family of James Boyce Montgomery, railroad construction contractor who settled in Portland, Or., in 1870. Includes correspondence between Montgomery and his wife, Mary Phelps Montgomery; letters to Margaret Montgomery Zogbaum from Adolfo de Bosis; letters from Margaret Zogbaum written from Europe and elsewhere in the 1910s and 1920s; and personal diaries of Mary Montgomery and Margaret Montgomery Zogbaum detailing travels, social events, and family matters.
 
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Oregon Social Hygiene Society Records

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Records of an Oregon social service organization founded in 1911 and concerned with promoting physical fitness and ameliorating immorality and vice, especially sexually transmitted diseases and youthful sexual transgressions. Most files were created by the Executive Secretary, Fred B. Messing, who served from 1929 to 1941. Includes correspondence, subject files, minutes of meetings, financial records, and educational literature.
 
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Joel Palmer papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a migrant to Oregon who served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory and Oregon State Legislator. Papers include: correspondence; typescript copies of diaries, including travel diaries for trips throughout the northwestern United States; original government documents; letters sent to Palmer's wife, Sarah Ann Derbyshire Palmer; and letters from Palmer's descendants.
 
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Portland Rose Festival Association records

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Records of an organization of Portland, Oregon, founded in 1907, that produces the city's annual Rose Festival. Early records (designated Mss 1528) include minutes of meetings, 1907-1908, programs, publicity materials, and ephemera. Later records (designated Mss 1528-1) mostly date from 1942 to 1992 and contain extensive administrative records for each year's festival, financial records, publicity materials, and ephemera. There is some overlap in documentation between the two collections.
 
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Benjamin Selling papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a Jewish-American clothier and philanthropist of Portland, Oregon. Includes personal account books, scrapbook containing correspondence and clippings, and some materials relating to Selling's business activities. Most materials relate to Selling's unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 1912 and to his charitable activities.
 
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Delazon Smith family papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of Delazon Smith, an early Oregon journalist and political figure in Linn County, Or., who served briefly as one of the first U.S. Senators from the state. Includes letters from Delazon Smith to his wife Mary, some of which detail Smith's journey to the east coast in 1858 and admission of Oregon to the Union in 1859. Also included are letters from Smith family members, including Delavan Smith, a soldier in the Civil War; legal documents and speeches; and transcripts of Delazon's Smith's letters to the Oregon Weekly Times describing conditons in the state and providing advice to overland travelers.
 
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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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Loran LaSells Stewart Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of an Oregon businessman and leader in the lumber industry who served as a representative from Lane County in the Oregon State Legislature and in various state agencies from the 1950s to the 1980s. The papers cover the period 1927 to 1982 and include correspondence, minutes, reports, financial and legal records, diaries, newsclippings, photographs and government bills. The collection covers Stewart's industrial, political and personal activities and focus mostly on his business activities, and involvement in lumber related associations and politics.
 
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Alvan F. Waller Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of a pioneer Methodist missionary in Oregon who was active in Oregon City and later at The Dalles and Salem. Includes correspondence with missionaries Jason and Daniel Lee, materials relating to a land dispute with John McLoughlin and other land claims, organization of the Oregon Provisional Government, teaching activities, and the establishment of Willamette University. Also includes Waller's diary of his journey to Oregon on the ship Lausanne, 1839-1840, and 2 additional diaries covering the years 1841-1845.
 
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Marcus and Narcissa Whitman Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers relating to a pioneer Presbyterian missionary and physician in the Pacific Northwest. Includes correspondence of Marcus Whitman (1834-1847) and his wife Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (1836-1847) concerning operation of the mission, overland journey, emigrant conditions, family matters, Catholic missionaries, as well as attitudes of Indians toward medical practice and white emigrants; and newspaper accounts, documents, and recollections related to the Whitman Massacre and subsequent trial. Correspondents include fellow missionaries Henry H. Spalding and David Greene, and members of Narcissa Whitman's family. Contains both copies and original materials.
 
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Grace Wick Papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of an Oregon political activist who began as a New Deal Democrat in the 1930s and ended as a right-wing Republican in the 1950s. Includes correspondence, such as letters to and from right-wing activist Gerald L.K. Smith; writings; subject files; and ephemera.
 
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James Withycombe papers

Repository:Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Summary:Papers of an Oregon farmer, agronomist, and governor of the state during World War I. Includes political correspondence, farm and livestock records, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station records and accounts, and news clipping files.

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