Hudson's Bay Company collection, 1822-1846  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson's Bay Company collection
1822-1846 (inclusive)
1.75 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
F 978 H869
This collection contains records relating to Burt Brown Barker and Robert Carlton Clark's historical research into the operations of the Hudson's Bay Company's Pacific Northwest division from 1822 to 1846, with a specific focus on the work of Dr. John McLoughlin, the division's head. The collection consists of copies of documents and correspondence in the archives of the Hudson's Bay Company, which were selected by Robert Carlton Clark and Burt Brown Barker in 1936 as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Hudson's Bay Company began in 1670, and by the 1820s it had expanded to the Pacific Northwest. John McLoughlin served as the head of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia district. In this position, which McLoughlin held for twenty-one years, he oversaw the company's operations throughout the entire Pacific Northwest. Researching the role Dr. McLoughlin played in the history of the Hudson's Bay Company were Robert C. Clark and Burt B. Barker. Both were historians at the University of Oregon who conducted this research as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the summer of 1936. The two historians traveled to archives around the Pacific Northwest and London, England.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection comprises copies of the Hudson's Bay Company records from 1822 to 1846. Included are Barker and Clark's hand-written notes and typed copies of original company documents from archives in the Pacific Northwest and London, England. Most of the documents are copies of journal entries, account books, and correspondence of the Hudson's Bay Company's Pacific Northwest division. Much of the collection focuses on the work of the division's head, John McLoughlin.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Barker, Burt Brown, 1873-1969
  • Clark, Robert Carlton, 1877-1939

Corporate Names

  • Hudson's Bay Company
  • Hudson's Bay Company

Form or Genre Terms

  • Account books