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Newly Available Collection: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hannibal, Missouri, Lodge #8 certificate

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The Independent Organization of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization that traces its roots back to 17th century England. The collection contains a certificate of membership from Lodge #8, of Hannibal, Missouri, dated November 10, 1840.

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Guide to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hannibal, Missouri, Lodge #8 Certificate

Newly Available Collection: Teaching collection of legal document samples

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The collection (1747-1925) of legal documents includes a Seal of the State of Oregon, stock certificates, a document from Queen Victoria’s reign, and an American naturalization certificate from 1844.

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Guide to the Teaching Collection of Legal Document Samples

Newly Available Collection: Burgess Family papers

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Burgess family papers consists mainly of the records of Chalon Burgess, a Presbyterian minister, his wife Emma, their sons Edward Sandford and Theodore Chalon, their daughter Sarah Julia Burgess (who went by Julia), as well as other family members. Collection material includes correspondence, school and professional papers, prose and poetry, travel material, financial and investment documents, material on the Burgess rare manuscripts and book collection, miscellaneous manuscripts and publications, scrapbooks and photographs.

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Guide to the Burgess Family Papers

Newly Available Collection: San Juan Boundary Dispute collection

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

An Oregon resident between 1943 and 1950, Edna Stinsman assembled a valuable collection of secondary material regarding some of the Pacific Northwest boundary disputes between the United States and Great Britain, focusing on the San Juan Island dispute and the Oregon Question. The collection contains correspondence and gathered research regarding the history of Oregon boundary disputes.

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Guide to the San Juan Boundary Dispute Collection

Newly Available Collection: Ahio Scott Watt reminiscences

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Ahio Scott Watt (1824-1909) was an Oregon pioneer of 1848 who became clerk of the first court in the Oregon Territory. The collection (1802-1835) contains Watt’s personal and family reminiscences.

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Guide to the Ahio Scott Watt Reminiscences

Newly Available Collection: Wolcott-Gibbs family papers

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Wolcott – Gibbs family members are relatives of Oliver Wolcott (1726-1797), who was a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a general in the Revolutionary War, and, late in his life, the governor of the state of Connecticut (Litchfield Historical Society). The collection (1785-1870) contains correspondence and family papers.

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Guide to the Wolcott-Gibbs Family Papers

Newly Available Collection: John Jacob Handsaker autobiography and family papers

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

John Jacob Handsanker was a Christian Church minister, organizer of Portland Community Chest, director of Armenian and Syrian relief, and Northwest secretary of the National Council for Prevention of War. Collection includes a typed autobiography, notebooks of recollections, typed family history, and several typed family letters.

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Guide to the John Jacob Handsaker Autobiography and Family Papers

Newly Available Collection: Charles Jared Ingersoll letter on the Oregon question

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Charles Jared Ingersoll was a Democratic senator and expansionist who wrote on the Oregon question.  The collection consists of a letter on Oregon written to an unnamed correspondent on the importance of Oregon expansion, as well as an introduction to the letter by Glenn Mason.

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Guide to the Charles Jared Ingersoll Letter on the Oregon Question

Newly Available Collection: Willamette Cattle Company correspondence and receipts

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Established in 1837, the Willamette Cattle Company was formed with the expressed purpose of purchasing cattle in California and bringing it to the Oregon Territory. The collection consists of letters and receipts.

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Guide to the Willamette Cattle Company Correspondence and Receipts

Oregon Trail Diaries: Journeys to the Northwest

Monday, November 12th, 2012

During this fall term, students in Professor Marsha Weisiger’s HIST 466 course, The American West, were assigned to read original diaries documenting journeys to the Pacific Northwest in the nineteenth century, housed in Special Collections and University Archives.

Special Collections and University Archives is the repository for over 100 overland trail journals and several sea journeys to the Pacific Northwest, many of which are original documents. Professor Weisiger’s students are to read three journals and compare their differences and similarities among the three experiences, with particular focus on issues such as class, race, gender, and ethnicity.

The diaries documenting journeys to the Pacific Northwest (the Oregon Trail is the predominate route represented among the diaries) are described in the Special Collections and University Archives’ subject guides here.

To the left is the first page of Abigail Scott Duniway’s diary written in 1852 to document her family’s migration over the Oregon Trail (Abigail Scott Duniway Papers, Coll. 232B). The finding aid to the Duniway Papers can be found here and the fully digitized diary can be found here.

Linda Long
Manuscripts Librarian