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Porter Family correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 115] 1
Identifier: A 115

Scope and Contents

The correspondence in this collection spans thirty-eight years and two generations.

The 1849 letters are from James M. Porter of Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to George Porter of Chillicothe, Ohio. They describe Iowa weather, prospects of business, and the migration of Iowans to California.

There are two letters (1861, 1862) by George Claypool, 81st Ohio Volunteers, and three by John W. Johnson, 89th Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War, addressed to George Porter.

Other letters are minor family correspondence of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer, who was later a resident of Ashland, Oregon.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer correspondence, and also correspondence of her father, James M. Porter.


  • 1849-1887


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 Porter family included brothers James M. of Iowa, and George of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer (1849-1924), daughter of James M. Porter and Sarah Claypool, married A.C. Spencer, of Ashland, Oregon.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Isabella Porter Spencer (1849-1924), of Ashland, was the daughter of James M. Porter of Iowa. The collection consists of both her own correspondence and that of her father.

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 Porter Family Correspondence
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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