Register of the Stuart Oregon History Collection, 1844-1937

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Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Register of the Stuart Oregon History Collection, 1844-1937

Collection number: Mss223

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
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Processed by:
Don Walker
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© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Stuart Oregon History Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1844-1937
Collection number: Mss223
Creator: Reginald R. Stuart
Extent: 0.3 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stuart Oregon History Collection, Mss223, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


Reginald R. Stuart (1882-1975) was a California realtor, teacher, historian, book collector and author. From 1956 until 1965 he was Director of the California History Foundation and the Center for Western Studies at the University of the Pacific. He published How Firm a Foundation; a centennial history of the First Methodist Church, San Leandro, California (1953), A History of the Fred Finch Children's Home, oldest Methodist home for children in California (1955), Tully Knoles of Pacific (1956), Calvin B. West of the Umpqua (1961), and Corridor Country: An Interpretive History of the Amador-Livermore Valley (1966).
Stuart had a lifelong interest in Oregon history and apparently collected items related to this interest over many years. The materials in this collection constitute a random assortment of business and personal papers, including correspondence, bills of sale, deeds, work orders, stock certificates, receipts, and a biographical sketch. These materials date from 1844 to 1937, although the majority predate 1870.
In 1958, during his tenure as Director of the Center for Western Studies, Reginald Stuart donated over 20,000 items to the University of the Pacific Libraries. These materials were a small portion of that donation.

Container List




1.1: 1844-1850


1)-Agreement: Thos. G. Naylor to Thos. Newbanks, 8-15-44 [harvesting wheat in exchange for part of crop]


2)-Corresp.: Alvin T. Smith, West Tualatin to Jacob Hampton, 2-9-49 [re probate order of Robt. Owen]


3)-Corresp.: S.E. Crawford to S.K. Thurston, 3-21-50 [re possible business in Oregon City]


4)-Bill of Sale: Stephen Coffin to Delos Jefferson, 5-10-50 [misc. lots in Portland]


5)-Bill of Sale: Wm. McCluer to Jacob S. Richardson [?], 6-7-50 [misc. lots in Astoria totalling 640 ac]


1.2: 1852-1859


1)-Bill of Sale: Jas. & Esther Taylor to Walter Pomeroy, 10-5-52 [misc. lots in Oregon City]


2)-Corresp.: J.S. Morrison, Althouse Creek to M. Crawford, 3-3-53 [describes mining & weather conditions; requests stake to go to Illinois R.]


3)-Corresp.: S.H. Fouts to A.F. Hedges, Oregon City, 3-28-53 [explains why not coming to Oregon]


4)-Corresp.: Anonymous to "Dear Brother," 9-2-53 [asks for money to buy printing press back east]


5)-Corresp.: O.B. Preston to Dr. Welch, 2-8-55


6)-Rent Recpt.: Jas. Selwood to John Force, Salem, 8-2-57


7)-Recpt.: Wilson J. Hunt to Victoria Laundry, 9-6-58


8)-Bill of Sale: Jas. Williams, Linn Co. to Jesse Looney, 12-7-58 [misc. lots in Albany]


9)-Oath of Office: Aaron E. Wait, Judge, 3-18-59


1.3: 1860-1880


1)-Note: S. Smith, Oregon City to Mr. Brutscher, 5-26-60 [brief note asking for release of cattle to bearer]


2)-Inward Ship's Manifest: S.S. Pacific [SF] docking at Astoria, 11-10-61


3)-Bill of Sale: Cyrus Olney to Joab W. Moffitt, 7-1-62 [lot in Astoria]


4)-Corresp.: "Your Loving Louise" to "My Darling Brother," 1-63[?] [3 l.] [family news, location unclear]


5)-Corresp.: Henry F. Block, Portland to Capt. J.T. Apperson, 2-3-64 [inquiry about lots for sale]


6)-Corresp.: J.M. Bacon to J.T. Apperson, 2-23-64 [Masonic dunning letter]


7)-Deed: Kimball B. Mercer to Jas. G. Smith, 3-28-64 [property in Yamhill Co.]


8)-Corresp.: Geo. B. Curry, Ft. Hoskins to Dr. J.T. Apperson, 2-15-65 [re boredom of soldier's life]


9)-Stock Certificate: To S. Coffin in People's Transportation Co., Portland, 4-65


10)-Stock Certificate: To E.T. Cooke in Santiam Gold & Silver Mining Co., 8-19-65


11)-Bill: A.C. Gibbs & Co. to Breutscher, Oregon Iron Works, 1-19-66


12)-Tax Recpt.: USIRS to D.B. Foster, retail liquor dealer, 7-2-67


13)-Certificate of Election: Aaron E. Wait, Mayor of Portland, 7-24-67


14)-Bid: J.D. McDonald, Portland to Jacob Stitzell, 1-1-69 [to do carpentry on Odd Fellows Hall?]


15)-Tax Recpt.: USIRS to J. R. Cornelius, retailer, 1-16-69


16)-Bid: F. Hirsch for Odd Fellows Hall, Portland, excavation, 4-26-69


17)-Corresp.: E. Cartwright, Portland to J.R. Cornelius, 5-10-69 [re flax seed]


18)-Bid: Emmons S. MacKay, Portland to ?, 9-27-69 [to do lathe & plaster on Odd Fellows Hall]


19)-Dividend Recpt.: People's Transportation Co., Salem to L.E. Pratt, 1-17-72


20)-Stock Certificate: Tellurium Quartz Mining Co., Canyonville to Mrs. S.P. Hills, 4-14-79


21)-Biographical sketch of Mr. & Mrs. Rollin Tyler Tozier, n.d. [Mr. Tyler, d. 1846, before settling in Oregon, a cousin of Pres. John Tyler]


1.4: 1880-1900


1)-Corresp.: Ed. Hirsch, Salem to P. Meaks & Co., Roseburg, 4-19-81 [re loan]


2)-Recpt.: State of Oregon to Edward Hirsch, 9-30-84


3)-Corresp.: S.M. Stocksleyn, Washington DC to Binger Hermann, 6-23-86 [re Roseburg land purchase]


4)-Corresp.: Wm. B. Royal, School Dir., Paisley to Judge L.R. Webster, 10-22-87 [re use of school funds]


5)-Stock Certificate: Eureka & Excelsior Gold Mining Co., 11-5-88


6)-Deed: E.O. Hyde to G.W. Johnson, Linn Co., 6-12-90


7)-Corresp.: A. Hinman, Forest Grove to Geo. W. Williams, 10-15-90 [re change in charter of Pacific University]


8)-Recpt.: Vancouver Transportation Co. to C.H. Martin, 2-24-92 [pmt. for sack of beans lost overboard]


1.5: 1901-37


1)-C. Bourne Co., Portland to Lewis Howard, John Day, 3-17-06 [political advertising]


2)-Oregon Pioneer Assn., Women's Auxiliary ribbon, 6-17-37