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OHS Maps Collection

  • OHS Maps
  • Collection
  • 1500 - ?

The OHS Maps Collection contains over 25,000 maps that focus on Western exploration and the Oregon Territory. Available types of maps include those of the Oregon Territory, the state, cities and counties, and special subjects such as mining, forestry, railroads, coasts and rivers, soils, farmlands, land claims, Native Americans and explorations.

Die neüwen Inseln-- so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land Indie ligen / [Sebastian Münster].

A hand-colored map of the New World. The map appeared first in the 1540 Geographia Universalis published by Henircus Petri, and then in later editions of the Cosmographia. The map is the earliest known separate map of the Americas, with the two continents as an integral landmass. An illustration of Magellan's ship Victoria is in the Pacific, and there is an illustration depicting cannibalism in what is today Brazil. The estuaries of both the Amazon and the Rio del Plata are displayed, but not labeled, in South America. North America reflects Verrazzano's misapprehension of a large inland sea bordered by a narrow isthmus, with the Pacific and Japan (Zipangri) just beyond. A corner of India superior is at the top left; the western edge of northern Africa and Spain are visible on the right edge. The map labels are written in German and Latin. Relief is shown pictorially.

Münster, Sebastian, 1489-1552

America [cartographic material], 1606

A colored map of North and South America first published by Dutch cartographer Jodocus Hondius in 1606. The map is illustrated with views of ships, fish, birds, and sea monsters. An inset in the lower, left corner of the map includes an illustration of people in traditional South American feathered clothing preparing and eating food. The map labels are written in Latin. Relief is shown pictorially.

Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612

Brown, Clawson, and Parvin Family Papers

  • Mss 2506
  • Collection
  • 1739-1978

The collection includes correspondence, clippings, documents, and ephemera, most of which relate to Zimiri Parvin, James Nassau Brown, Mamie Parvin Brown, Vivian Z. Brown, and Verne Clawson Brown. There are also some materials on the Sutton, Taylor, and Price families, all related by marriage to the Parvins and Browns. Included are: musical compositions by Zimiri Parvin, letters from James Nassau Brown to his wife Mamie, a biographical article by Doris Huffman (1976), diplomas and certificates, high school yearbooks, a pocket diary of Josephine Taylor Sutton containing recipes, a program for a banquet honoring Susan B. Anthony in Salem in 1900, a Taylor family history document from the late 18th century, a group of baggage tags from hotels, and a collection of bank notes from the early 19th century. Among James Nassau Brown's letters is one of 1903 from Salem describing a typhoid epidemic.

A Map of the Discoveries made by the Russians on the Northwest Coast of America published by the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg, 1771

A hand colored map depicting Russia, northern China, part of Japan, modern-day Alaska, and northwestern regions of North America. The map shows various routes of Captain Bering and Captain Tschirikow from Russia to North America. An explanation of Russian names used on the map is included. Relief is shown pictorially.

Carte générale des découvertes de l'amiral De Fonte représentant la grande probabilité d'un passage au nord ouest / par Thomas Jefferys géographe du roi à Londres, 1768 ; cette carte a été traduite par M. de Vaugondy, 1772

A map showing the discoveries of Juan de Fuca, Admiral De Fonte, and Russian and Japanese explorers. Translated title, "General map of the discoveries of Admiral De Fronte showing the distinct possibility of a Northwest Passage." The map labels are written in French. Relief is shown pictorially.

Jefferys, Thomas, -1771

The Russian Discoveries from the map published by the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg, 1775

A hand colored map depicting Russia, northern China, part of Japan, modern-day Alaska, and northwestern regions of North America. The map shows various routes of Captain Bering and Captain Tschirikow from Russia to North America. An explanation of Russian names used on the map is included. This is an updated version of the 1771 map "Discoveries made by the Russians on the Northwest Coast of America published by the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg." Relief is shown pictorially.

Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794

Joel Palmer Papers, 1783-1982

  • Mss 114
  • Collection
  • 1783-1982

The papers consist of four groups of materials acquired by the Oregon Historical Society at various times. The first group, designated Mss 114, consists of correspondence (1848-1869) concerning the conduct of Indian affairs in Oregon, enlistment of a state militia, and efforts to establish a Union League Council. Correspondents include Benjamin Alvord, Jesse Applegate, Benjamin Bonneville, Samuel Culver, Addison C. Gibbs, and Joseph Lane. Also included is a diary (1857) kept by Palmer while on a voyage from Oregon City to Washington, D.C. via Panama; typescript copies of diaries (1854, 1856, 1860-1861) recording his travels throughout the Pacific Northwest; hand written copy of an agreement (1854) between the United States, represented by superintendent of Indian Affairs, Joel Palmer, and the Calipooia Indian tribe; and articles of incorporation (1862) of the Columbia River Railroad Company.

The second group of materials, designated Mss 114-1, consists of letters sent to Sarah Ann Palmer from various relatives, and receipts and other ephemera of Joel Palmer. Among these are hand written copies of poems dated 1783, possibly from one of Palmer's ancestors.

The third group within the collection, designated Mss 114-2, contains mostly biographical information about Palmer, along with letters written by his descendants and letters relating to the dedication of a statue of Palmer in 1971.

A fourth group of papers, designated Mss 114-3, consists of general correspondence, primarily political and military in nature, legal papers, and a survey of an unidentified Indian reservation.

The final group of materials, designated Mss 114-4, includes a manuscript poem, Bristol, England, 1784; letters from Palmer to General Joseph Lane and others; manuscript copy of report to the U.S. Secretary of War or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from General Joseph Lane, ca. 1849; a letter from W. B. Bonney to Joel Palmer, 1850 Jan. 17; letter to Joel Palmer from Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Bonneville, 1855 Mar. 27; printed copy of the treaty between the United States and the Rogue River Indians, 1855; manuscript extracts from "Articles of treatry made at Port Orford," 1857 Sept. 20; hand drawn map of the Columbia River and its tributaries, undated; and a pamphlet titled "History of the Grand Ronde Military Block House," 1911.

Palmer, Joel, 1810-1881

Mss 114-1

Consists of letters sent to Sarah Ann Palmer from various relatives, and receipts and other ephemera of Joel Palmer. Among these are hand written copies of poems dated 1783, possibly from one of Palmer's ancestors.

Mss 114-4

Includes a manuscript poem, Bristol, England, 1784; letters from Palmer to General Joseph Lane and others; manuscript copy of report to the U.S. Secretary of War or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from General Joseph Lane, ca. 1849; a letter from W. B. Bonney to Joel Palmer, 1850 Jan. 17; letter to Joel Palmer from Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Bonneville, 1855 Mar. 27; printed copy of the treaty between the United States and the Rogue River Indians, 1855; manuscript extracts from "Articles of treatry made at Port Orford," 1857 Sept. 20; hand drawn map of the Columbia River and its tributaries, undated; and a pamphlet titled "History of the Grand Ronde Military Block House," 1911.

Columbia Rediviva collection

  • Mss 957
  • Collection
  • 1785-1852

The collection consists of correspondence, journals, ship logs, administrative records, and ink sketches relating to the ship Columbia Rediviva. A mix of original materials and reproductions are present. Among the originals are: the journal of John Hoskins, written during the Columbia's journey around the world in 1791-1792; the journal of George Barrell, 1806, written on board the brig Venus from Boston to Malaga, and on the schooner Louisiana from Malaga to New York; Barrell's account of stores on board the Columbia, 1792-1793; letters of Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb, 1785-1801, and to John Hoskins, 1790; letters from Colburn Barrell and Robert Haswell, 1801; owner's accounts, 1787-1793; accounts of the Columbia and Lady Washington, 1787-1790; receipts; and four ink sketches by George Davidson depicting incidents in the voyages of the Columbia.

The reproductions held in this collection include the journals of Robert Haswell and Owen Smith, 1787-1789; and a file of receipts and other papers concerning outfitting of the Columbia, 1790 (on microfilm). Also included are publications of Robert Gray's wife Martha's petition to congress for a pension and memorial, 1848-1852.

Robertson, Burns, and Failing families papers

  • Coll 784
  • Collection
  • 1786-1988

Many of Portland's early settling families created long-lasting ties with one another through marriage and business relationships. Often leaving areas such as New England and San Francisco, the first generation of transplants found Portland to be a small town of new opportunities for trade and business from 1840-1855. Family relationships, such as those seen between the Robertson, Corbett, and Failing families beginning in the 1850s, often lasted for generations. Starting with the joint venture between Henry Winslow Corbett and brother-in-law Thomas Robertson (1817-1900), multiple other partnerships were later formed, including Robertson Heavy Hardware, Corbett, Failing and Company, Foster and Robertson and Corbett, Failing, and Robertson.

The Robertson family represented a crossroads of Portland familial relationships. Beginning with the arrival of Thomas Robertson and his wife Mary Freeland (Corbett) Robertson, from New York, multiple generations of the Robertson family went on to marry into different branches of other old Portland families, such Couch, Lewis, and Reed. Through these relationships, they also gained ties with several family lineages from the East Coast. Individuals in these families later attended elite schools, traveled widely and participated in family businesses to great success. They also contributed to Portland's civic life, becoming city or state officials, and serving as early supporters for institutions such as the Portland Art Museum and Reed College.

Robertson family

Boston accounts and cargo lists

a hand-bound logbook containing cargo lists and a ledger of Joseph Barrell’s Boston accounts. The front cover of the book reads, “all the Ship Columbias Papers / Mary Barrell / Millburn, N.J.” The first 15 pages of the book contain a copy of the 1787 cargo lists of the Columbia Rediviva and the Sloop Washington. Joseph Barrell’s accounts book backfills the last 20 pages of the logbook beginning from the back cover of the book and written upsidedown to the first half of the text. There are 18 blank pages separating the two sections of the book.

Barrell, Mary

Columbia Rediviva owners accounts log

An owner’s accounts ledger for the ship Columbia Rediviva accounting for roughly the years of 1787 to 1789. The document contains 11 pieces of varying sized paper adhered in layers to a ledger page backing.

George Barrell’s Journal, 1806, Tho. Davis Journal, 1806, and Ship Columbia Papers, 1787-1793

A hand-bound book containing George Barrell’s Journal, 1806, Tho. Davis’ Journal, 1806, and Ship Columbia Papers, 1787-1793. The George Barrell journal records his voyage on the Brig Venus from Boston, Massachusetts to Malaga, Spain. It covers the dates from July 13 to September 14 1806. The Tho. Davis journal records the return voyage on the Schooner Louisiana from Malaga to New York. It covers the dates from September 28, 1806 to November 30, 1806. For both journals a more legible transcription on smaller, lined paper is sown into the binding. The account of stores for the Ship Columbia covers expenditures and use of supplies from June 23, 1792 to May 27, 1793. The accounts include a log of cargo taken onboard in Canton in January, 1793.

Barrell, George Guelphs, 1780-1838

Account of Cargo of Ship Columbia and Sloop Washington agreeably to Invoice presented Captain Kendrick by the Owners

An account of cargo for the Ship Columbia and Sloop Washington covering the dates from October 1, 1787 through January, 1788. The log includes a record of the cargo aboard the ships when they left Boston on the state of the voyage and fragmented records of expenditures and supply use through January, 1788. The document contains 7 pieces of varying sized paper adhered in layers to a ledger page backing.

Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804

Power of Attorney document and letter from Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb

A legal document transferring power of attorney from Joseph Barrell to his attorney, Samuel Webb, to collect on debts owed from Richard Sodershorn. The document is dated November 22, 1788. It is signed by John Hoskins, Joseph Barrell, and James [illegible]. The document is notarized by Lemuel Barrett, Justice of the Peace. The document is bound with illegible scraps of other papers to a letter from Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb dated November 9, 1788.

Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804

Canton invoice

An invoice written by Robert Gray for the receipt of a shipment of seventeen and a half chests of Bohea tea sent by Joseph Ingraham on the Columbia Rediviva from Canton, China to Thomas H. Jenkins in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gray, Robert, 1755-1806

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