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Bushrod Washington Wilson letters to Joseph P. Wilson

 Collection — Folder: 1-2
Identifier: A 135

Scope and Contents

The collection consists entirely of Wilson's letters to his brother, Joseph. The letters are highly descriptive and lively, and comment on politics, business, and religion. There is one letter from Henry Clay Wilson, a cousin, to Joseph, written from Port Townsend, "Oregon Terr." in 1853, describing the prospects of the region.

The second folder consists of type-written transcriptions of the letters and a biographical sketch of Bushrod Wilson by R. C. Clark, head of the University of Oregon Department of History (1934).


  • 1846-1875


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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

Bushrod Washington Wilson (1824-1900) was born in Maine. In 1833 the Wilson family moved to New York, and in 1838 to Illinois. In 1843 Bushrod left home abruptly and signed on a whaler out of New Bedford for a voyage of three years. In 1849 he sailed on the William Gray, New York to San Francisco. In 1850 he travelled to Corvallis, Oregon, where he resided until his death. He married Priscilla Owsley Yantis in 1855, and they went on to have 13 children.


0.1 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

Language of Materials



Bushrod Washington Wilson (1824-1900) was a sailor, gold miner, and carpenter who eventually settled in Corvallis, Oregon, where he became a prominent citizen. The collection consists of Wilson's letters to his brother, Joseph.

Related Materials

A biographical essay, "Bushrod Washington Wilson," by Bruce Martin, based in part on these letters, appears in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Sept. 1938.

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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Austin Munsell
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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