Samuel A. Snowden correspondence , 1851-1854

Overview of the Collection

Snowden, Samuel D.; Snowden, Samuel A.
Samuel A. Snowden correspondence
1851-1854 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
A 114
Samuel A. Snowden came to Forest Grove, Oregon in 1853. Correspondence includes letter to his son Samuel D. Snowden about Oregon politics, government, and social life.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1851 Samuel A. Snowden was living in London. His son, Samuel D., was in Oregon on a land claim near Champoeg, and engaged in survey work. In 1853 the elder Snowden, along with his daughter, Mary Ann, came to Oregon. He lived with friends in Forest Grove.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

From 1851 to 1853 Snowden's letters paint a picture of Oregon politics, government, and social life, as seen through his son's letters and Oregon newspapers. The letters of 1853-1854, written from Forest Grove and French Prairie, are from Samuel A. Snowden to his son Samuel D. Snowden.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon Territory
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Forest Grove

Geographical Names

  • Oregon Territory--Politics and government--To 1859
  • Oregon--Social life and customs--19th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence