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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)

Gerry Frank scrapbooks and memorabilia

  • Coll 855
  • Collection
  • Circa 1880-2018

Scrapbooks, photograph albums, photographs, papers, and ephemera compiled by or relating to Gerald W. "Gerry" Frank (1923-). Frank is a businessman from Oregon who worked at the department store Meier & Frank; opened a dessert shop in Salem, Oregon, named Gerry Frank's Konditerei; and was U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield's chief of staff.

Portland General Electric Photograph Collection

  • Org. Lot 151
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1965

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

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."

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.)

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Front of J Building, Oregon State Hospital, Salem

Photograph showing the front of the J Building at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The photograph shows the driveway leading to the building, the main entrance, part of the cupola, and the portion of the building extending south from the main entrance. The text “Main Entrance Insane” and the number 3 are written on the negative; the text is visible at the bottom of the image. The hospital was originally known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum. Also see image Nos. 371N5724 and 371N5728, which may be related.

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.

B. L. Eddy, Oregon state senator from Roseburg

Half-length portrait of a man facing slightly right. He is wearing glasses, a suit jacket and vest, a collared shirt, a bow tie, and glasses. He is standing in front of a pair of columns, probably at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The text “Sen. B. L. Eddy of Roseburg” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

M. F. Anderson, John P. Hunt, Elizabeth Glatt, and A. D. Goddard

Portrait of three men and a woman standing in a row outside the Oregon State Capitol building. The text “M. F. Anderson — John P. Hunt — Elizabeth Glatt — A. D. Goddard” and the number 3 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image. Hunt, Glatt, and Goddard are likely the chief clerk, assistant chief clerk, and reading clerk, respectively, of the Oregon State Senate.

Tower at Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem?

Photograph showing a two-story brick tower, probably at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The tower straddles a fence, and a stairway on the outside of the fence leads to the tower’s second story. The number 3 is written on the negative and is partially visible in the lower right corner of the image.

North side of J Building, Oregon State Hospital, Salem

Photograph showing the north side of the J Building and the grounds at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The text “North Side Insane” and the number 55 are written on the negative and are visible in the image. The hospital was originally known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum. Also see image Nos. 371N5725 and 371N5728, which may be related.

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.

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