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Newly Available Collection: William Holman Odell letter

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The collection contains a letter dated April 28, 1871, from William Holman Odell to Captain Applegate, of Oregon regarding land purchases and surveying. In the letter, Odell wonders if the Sprague’s River land is a part of the Agricultural college or if it is available to be purchased, and also states that he expects to send surveyors to survey land for the Klamath reservation.

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Guide to the William Holman Odell Letter

Newly Available Collection: Sylvester Mowry letter

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Sylvester Mowry (1830-1871), became a commissioned soldier, owned mining claims, was the founder of Mowry, Arizona, and was arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of being a southern sympathizer. The collection contains a photostat copy of a letter written July 18, 1853, to Edward J. Bicknall, while Mowry was serving as an officer and surveying railroads in the West.

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Guide to the Sylvester Mowry letter

Newly Available Collection: Robert C. Kelsay Forest Service diaries

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Robert C. Kelsay (1898-1954) worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was stationed at Oakridge, Oregon. The collection (1948-1954) contains twenty-one work diaries, mostly regarding road surveying and road building.

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Guide to the Robert C. Kelsay Forest Service Diaries

Newly Available Collection: John B. Preston letter to Daniel Lownsdale

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

John B. Preston was the first surveyor general of the Oregon Territory. The collection consists of a single letter from Preston to Daniel Lownsdale of Portland.

CA 1852 Dec 29

Guide to the John B. Preston Letter to Daniel Lownsdale

Newly Available Collection: Josiah A. Burnett papers

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Josiah Burnett of Eagle Creek, Oregon, worked in mining, survey work, and farming. The collection (1852-1874) contains correspondence regarding family, mining, and politics, and also contains articles of incorporation of Oregon businesses.

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Guide to the Josiah A. Burnett Papers

Newly Available Collection: Leonard A. Andrus papers

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Leonard A. Andrus was a civil engineer who surveyed and reported on Pacific Northwest firms during the 1920s. The collection (1921-1930) contains financial, asset, and policy reports on firms in the Pacific Northwest.

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Guide to the Leonard A. Andrus Papers

Check out: Edward Chambreau collection

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Edward Chambreau (1821-1902), adventurer and gambler, was born in France, migrated to Canada with his family in 1825, and in 1846 enlisted with the U.S. Army at St. Louis. From 1853 through 1875 Chambreau moved between Portland, Tygh Valley and Vancouver, running saloons, gambling parlors, general stores and a restaurant.

In 1875 Chambreau converted to Christianity, sold his saloon and gave up gambling. He became a scout for the U.S. government and traveled between Oregon, Washington and Idaho in 1877. In 1880 he surveyed the conditions of nine Northwest Indian nations. The Edward Chambreau Collection contains letters, manuscripts of his autobiography, diaries, articles written by him and General O.O. Howard, and his military reports. These materials are not originals, but are rather photocopies and typescripts. Chambreau’s autobiography is unique in that it has not been sanitized or edited; it paints a vivid, lurid and fascinating picture of frontier life.

The collection is a valuable source for details on the activities of the Hudson Bay Company, early American/Indian relationships in Oregon and the strategies and techniques of bushwhacking, bar-fighting and card cheating.

Call number: Coll 056

Guide to the Edward Chambreau Collection

Newly available collection: John Yeon architectural drawings

Friday, August 24th, 2012

John Yeon (1910-1994) was an Oregon architect and important figure in twentieth century architecture, perhaps best known for innovating what has come to be known as northwest regionalism. The collection consists of architectural drawings for projects, both built and unrealized, ranging from plans, sections, elevations, details, tracings, and blueprints, as well as a number of Northwest maps, aerial photographs, and surveys for both architectural and preservation projects managed by the architect.

Call number: Coll 333

Guide to the John Yeon Architectural Drawings

Newly available collection: Cyrus Olney letter to A. B. Hallock

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Four page letter from Cyrus Olney, Astoria, Oregon, to A. B. Hallock, Portland, Oregon, October 29, 1860. Asks Hallock to make survey of Astoria.

Call number: CA 1860 Oct 29

Guide to the Cyrus Olney Letter to A. B. Hallock

Newly available collection: George W. Ridgeway field diaries

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Ridgeway worked as surveyor in District 6, U. S. Forest Service. The diaries describe jobs in Oregon and Washington.

Call number: A 103

Guide to the George W. Ridgeway Field Diaries