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Oregon Stage Coach Company records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Bx 050

Scope and Contents

The collection (1866-1867) includes bills, receipts, and waybills from routes between California and Oregon.

The waybills contain itinerary information including names of coach stops, arrival and departure times, and also names of passengers and ticket prices.

Waybills are arranged loose in the boxes, roughly by date.

Receipts are grouped together.


  • 1866-1867


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 Stage Coach Company, owned by Henry W. Corbett, ran a major stagecoach route between California and Oregon in the mid 1800s.

Henry Corbett, of Massachusetts, came to live in Portland in 1851. He became a co-publisher of the Oregonian newspaper, and in 1867 he served as a US senator.

In 1866, Corbett began a stagecoach company that ran between Sacramento and Portland. "What had previously been called the California and Oregon Stage Line was [thereafter] named the Oregon Stage [Coach] Company. Although changes were subsequently made in organization, the Oregon Stage Company continued to control the stagecoach business between California and Oregon until these two states were linked by rail in 1887."

[Source: Winther, Oscar Osborn. The Old Oregon Country: A History of Frontier Trade, Transportation and Travel. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1950. pp 256-257.]


1 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



The Oregon Stage Coach Company, owned by Henry W. Corbett, ran a major route between California and Oregon during the mid 1800s. The collection (1866-1867) includes bills, receipts, and waybills.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Oregon Stage Coach Company Records
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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