Skip to main content

U.S. District Court documents regarding the Whitman Massacre trial

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [B 121] 1
Identifier: B 121


In November of 1847, a small band of Cayuse warriors killed 14 settlers and took 53 others captive in what became known as the Whitman Massacre. The collection consists of photostat copies of court documents describing testimony brought against Tiloukaikt, one of the Cayuse leaders brought to trial for the crime.


  • 1850


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

After years of simmering tensions between white settlers and Indians, a small band of Cayuse warriors killed 14 whites and held 53 others captive in the Whitman Massacre of November 29, 1847 (so called because the targets were the Whitmans, a missionary couple living among the Cayuse). This event precipitated the Cayuse War. After the war, five tribal leaders, including Tiloukaikt (Telokite), were brought to trial and hanged for the crime.



0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials


Related Materials

Other collections relating to the Cayuse War at Special Collections and University Archives include: Cayuse, Yakima, and Rogue River Wars papers, Bx 047.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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 U.S. District Court Documents Regarding the Whitman Massacre Trial
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Austin Munsell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
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