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J. H. (John Henry) Christ papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 767

Scope and Contents

The collection (1954-1955) contain manuscript drafts, footnotes, and a sample copy of the book (with only a few printed pages).

Research material includes photographs and notes.

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. Outgoing letters are arranged by date, 1954-1955. Incoming letters are arranged alphabetically by name, also 1954-1955. The correspondence is mostly regarding research queries regarding Mossman.

The collection also includes publicity regarding the book, with articles about Mossman and Christ.


  • Creation: 1954-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

J. H. (John Henry or Heine) Christ edited a book regarding the recollections of a Pony Express Rider, Isaac Van Dorsey Mossman. Isaac Mossman worked for the Pony Express in the mid 1800s, and according to the manuscript, "started with the Miller Party who was destined for Oregon City in 1953."

The original article regarding Mossman's recollections was first printed in the Oregon periodical, Native Son, in 1901. The original article was titled, "Crossing the Plains." A book version was later published by the Old Oregon bookstore, in 1954, and the title was changed to, A Pony Expressman's Recollections.


0.25 linear feet (1 container) : 1 half-manuscript box

Language of Materials



J. H. (John Henry or Heine) Christ edited a book regarding the recollections of a Pony Express Rider, Isaac Van Dorsey Mossman, who worked for the Pony Express in the mid 1800s. The collection (1954-1955) contains manuscript and research material, correspondence, photographs, and publicity.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1976.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA