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Jason Lee papers

  • Mss 1212
  • Collection
  • 1834-1845

Collection consists of the personal and professional papers of Reverend Jason Lee. The papers date from 1834 to 1845. Included are Lee’s diary of his overland journey to Oregon and the construction of his mission with entries dating from 1834 to 1838; an 1844 report Lee made to the Methodist Missionary Board; miscellaneous papers related to the illness and death of Lee in 1845; and fragments of an undated biography of Jason Lee likely written by Harvey Kimball Hines. The collection also contains a folder of Anna Maria Pittman Lee's correspondence dated from 1834 to 1835.

Jason Lee was born on June 28, 1803, in Stanstead, Quebec. After his ordination in 1834, Lee and his nephew, Daniel Lee, journeyed overland to Oregon with the intention to establish a mission to minister to the Flathead Indians. He instead established his mission in the Willamette Valley near present-Day Salem, Oregon, in territory that was home to bands of the Kalapuyan people. Lee returned east in 1838 to justify his decision and recruit reinforcements for the Willamette mission, as well as missions at The Dalles and Clatsop plains. In 1840, The Great Reinforcement, a group of 51 men, women, and children, arrived in Oregon on the ship Lausanne in response to Lee’s promotion in the East. In 1843, Jason Lee participated in the founding of Oregon's provisional government and Willamette University. Lee was relieved of his missionary post in 1844. Lee married Anna Maria Pittman, who died in 1838, and then Lucy Lee who died in 1842. Jason Lee died on March 12, 1845.

Lee, Jason, 1803-1845

Oregon Constitutional Convention records, 1857-1859

  • Mss 1227
  • Collection
  • 1857 - 1859

Documents created during the Oregon Constitutional Convention of 1857. Includes: committee reports, drafts of articles and schedules, general notes, corrections, and other materials. Sections of the constitution represented include: preamble and bill of rights; suffrage and elections; distribution of powers; Legislative Department; Executive Department; education and school lands; finance; militia; corporations and internal improvements; seat of government; general provisions; boundaries; schedules, and related papers. Also includes printed speech of James Hughes of Indiana, on the admission of Oregon, delivered in the House of Representatives, 1859 February 10.

Oregon. Constitutional Convention (1857)

Farm Scene near Salem, Oregon

Photograph of orchards and fields on a hillside near Salem, Oregon. A dirt path on the left leads to a house in the distance. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Farm Scene near Salem." Embossment on the front of print indicates a 1902 copyright by Kiser Photo Co., while a hand-written note on the back indicates a 1904 copyright by the Kiser Photo Co.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Group posing by wagon in field

Photograph of a group of men and women, likely farm workers, posing on a wagon in a field. One line of workers stands in front of the wagon while others stand inside the wagon and look out the window at the camera. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Near Salem."

Fair in Salem, Oregon

Photograph of a fair, possibly the Oregon State Fair, in Salem, Oregon. Taken from the roof of a nearby building, there is a wide view of pedestrians walking through a garden toward tents in the background. One tent has a sign that reads, "Portland Seed Co." Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Salem, State Fair?" Stamp on the back for Angelus Photo Co.

Angelus Commercial Studio (Portland, Or.)

Gust Anderson

Portrait of a man wearing a jacket, vest, and a bow tie. The text “Gust Anderson Mult.” and the number 2 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image. Anderson represented Multnomah County in the state house in the 1929 and 1931 legislative sessions. This photograph may have been taken outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

A. W. Norblad outside Oregon State Capitol

Half-length portrait of A. W. Norblad standing outside the Oregon State Capitol, facing front, and smiling. He is wearing a suit, hat, and tie. He has a cigar in his mouth and is standing with one hand in his jacket pocket. The name “Norblad” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

Joseph F. Singer and W. F. McAdams

Portrait of two men standing outside the Oregon State Capitol and facing front. The man on the right has one arm. The following text is written on the negative: “Joe F. Singer Mult.,” visible on the left side of the image, and “W. F. McAdams Salem,” visible on the right side of the image. Singer and McAdams served as the longtime sergeant-at-arms and mailing clerk, respectively, of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Oregon state Senator Jay Upton of Bend

Head and shoulders portrait of Oregon state Senator Jay Upton outside the state Capitol. He is facing front and is wearing a suit, tie, and glasses. The number 4 and the text “J. Upton of Bend” are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Oregon state Senator Jay Upton and Allen

Three-quarters portrait of two men standing side by side outside the Oregon State Capitol. The man on the left is state Senator Jay Upton. Two names are written on the negative: “Jay Upton,” visible on the left side of the image; and “Allen,” visible on the right side of the image.

Unidentified man outside Oregon State Capitol?

Full-length portrait of an unidentified man with upraised fists. He is facing to the left and is wearing a suit and tie. He is standing next to a column, probably at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Image note: Photograph shows extensive discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

View of area near Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Oregon

Photograph, taken from a high angle, showing the area surrounding the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The view is toward the southeast. At left are State Street and, in the background, the dome of the 1876 Capitol building. At center left, along State Street, is the First Methodist Church. Partially visible at center right is the Elsinore Theatre. See related image No. 371N5726.

Medford Voiture 165 truck in Salem parade

Photograph of unidentified men from Medford Voiture 165 of the Forty and Eight riding on a truck and trailer in a parade in Salem, Oregon. They are on North Liberty Street at the intersection with Court Street (now the intersection of Liberty Street NE and Court Street NE). Also see image Nos. 371N4858, 371N4920, 371N4921, and 371N4922.

State flax industry parade float

Photograph of an Oregon flax industry float in a parade in Salem, Oregon. The float is decorated as a linen mill and is covered with stalks of flax. The float is on North Liberty Street at the intersection with Court Street (now the intersection of Liberty Street NE and Court Street NE). Also see image Nos. 371N4849, 371N4920, 371N4921, and 371N4922. Image note: Negative damage in upper left corner.

Women marching in Salem parade

Photograph of a group of women in matching clothing marching in a parade on North Liberty Street in Salem, Oregon. They are at the intersection of Liberty and Court Street (now the intersection of Liberty Street NE and Court Street NE). Also see image Nos. 371N4849, 371N4858, 371N4921, and 371N4922.

Drum and bugle corps marching in Salem parade

Photograph of an unidentified drum major leading a drum and bugle corps down North Liberty Street during a parade in Salem. They are at the intersection of Liberty and Court Street (now the intersection of Liberty Street NE and Court Street NE). Also see image Nos. 371N4849, 371N4858, 371N4920 and 371N4922. Image note: Damaged negative.

Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem

Photograph showing part of the Oregon State Penitentiary building in Salem and a path in front of the building. On the building is a sign that reads “OREGON PENITENTIARY / 1871 / W. H. WATKINDS / JO’S. HOLMAN / A. McALEXANDER / COMMISSIONERS / G. W. RHODES, ARCH’T.” Image note: Photograph quality is poor due to extensive deterioration of the negative.

Dome Building, Oregon State Hospital, Salem

Photograph, taken from Center Street, showing a side view of the Dome Building at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The text “4 —“ is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. This photograph may be related to image Nos. 371N5724 and 371N5725.

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