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Harry L. McAlister mementos of the Spanish-American War, Philippines campaign

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA M119] 1
Identifier: CA M119

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a hand written copy of a diary by American prisoners in the Philippines titled, "Diary by American Prisoners found in a cell at San Isidro, Philippine Islands, province of Nuevaeciyo (Nueva Ecija?) by a member of the 2nd Oregon Volunteers." Notations at the end of the diary stated that "names found on the cell wall were: J. O'Brien (O'Brian?); A. Romuchien (?); and A. Huber - captured January 27, 1899; and W. Bouce and Capt. Honnyman - captured January 30, 1899."

Gathered correspondence and mementos includes notes, orders, including special orders of soldiers "reduced to the ranks," event programs, and postcards depicting the Philippines. There are also photographs of soldiers, and clippings regarding soldiers (1898-1899).

Also available are copies of the Manila Times (1928; 1930; 1944; and 1946), and a copy of the Philippine Magazine, undated.

The collection also contains a flag of the Oregon Volunteers that includes hand written names of soldiers.


  • 1898-1899; 1928-1946


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.


0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Harry L. McAlister served in the Spanish American War in the Philippines as an enlisted man, Company A, of the Oregon Volunteers. The collection (1898-1899) contains mementos of the war including a copy of a diary by American prisoners, photographs, gathered correspondence, clippings, and other mementos, orders, Philippine publications, and an Oregon Volunteers flag.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in the 1970s; and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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 organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Harry L. McAlister mementos of the Spanish-American War, Philippines campaign
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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