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Oregon Southern Improvement Company correspondence

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: B 052

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 53 letters relating to the establishment of the Oregon Southern Improvement Company in 1883.


  • Creation: 1883


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

The Oregon Southern Improvement Company was incorporated on June 14, 1883 by William H. Besse of Massachusetts and Jonathan Bourne, Jr. of Portland, Oregon. The interests of the company were primarily mining and natural resources.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



This collection contains 53 correspondence relating to the establishment of the Oregon Southern Improvement Co., 1883.


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.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Jonathan Bourne at Special Collections and University Archives include: Jonathan Bourne papers, Ax 019; Jonathan Bourne mining records, Bx 187..

Physical Description

1 folder, including 53 letters

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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

Guide to the Oregon Southern Improvement Company Correspondence
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team, Amanda Steele, and Chasmodai Cassidy
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA