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John Whiteaker papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: A 132

Scope and Contents

The photostat journals include autobiographical notes and remarks on the political history of Oregon, 1862-1878; governor's appointment book, 1859-1862; scrapbook of political clippings. Loose papers include a letter of recommendation, 1885, written by Oregon Supreme Court justice W. W. Thayer and a transcription of a personal family history written by Whiteaker. There is also a hand written draft of a piece on house bill 351, concerning proposed Native American Reservations.


  • 1859-1885
  • Majority of material found within 1859-1862


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

John Whiteaker (1820-1902), a Democrat, was Oregon's first state governor, 1859-1862. In private life he was a storekeeper, hence his sobriquet, "Old soap, socks, and pickles."


0.1 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

Language of Materials



John Whiteaker (1820-1902), a Democrat, was Oregon's first state governor from 1859-1862. The collection consists of personal papers and photostats of Whiteaker's journals and scrapbooks.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to John Whiteaker at Special Collections and University Archives include: information on a commutation of sentence of George M. Bowen, CA 1860 Mar 1.

Original copies of Whiteaker's journals and scrapbooks are held by the Oregon Historical Society.

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 John Whiteaker Papers
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Austin Munsell
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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