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Henry Baldwin historical sketches

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: CB B193

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopies of the historical sketches, which were written by Henry Baldwin, and published in the Weekly Coast Mail around 1879.

The sketches contain information regarding the exploration party of 1850, and their encounters with Indians of Southern Oregon.

There is also a historical write-up by Sheldon Sackett, written in 1938, which explains that L.L. Williams journal of 1851 was found in 1937, inside a scrapbook belonging to John Hedden. He also explains the history of the Weekly Coast Mail.

Sackett's write-up also explains that of the historical sketches that exist in the collection, numbers one through six are missing. Numbers seven through twenty are available. Number twenty-one is also available, and Sackett states that it was "written by Baldwin." Perhaps then, the other sketches are true transcriptions of the journal, and only the last was "written" by Baldwin.

What is unclear is whether the sketches are only reproductions of the journal, or of other information from the scrapbook. Not all of the sketches have to do with the exploration party of 1850.


  • 1879


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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

Henry Baldwin wrote historical sketches for the Marshfield, Oregon (now known as Coos Bay) newspaper, Weekly Coast Mail in 1879.

The sketches were based on a journal that was found in a scrapbook created by John Hedden, son of Cyrus Hedden. That scrapbook contained pages of a journal kept by L.L. Williams.

L.L. Williams and Cyrus Hedden had been a part of an "exploring party" that had traveled through Southern Oregon in 1850. The journal contained an account of the "harrowing experiences" of the party, and "gives graphic description" of encounters with "Indians" of Southern Oregon (Sackett). According to Sheldon Sackett, almost all members of the party were killed except Williams and Cyrus Hedden.

Sackett wrote that Henry Baldwin transcribed the journal pages for his "Historical Sketches" articles that Sackett thought first appeared in the Coast Mail newspaper in 1879.

[Source: Sackett, Sheldon. "Write-up regarding historical sketches, and Williams journal." Henry Baldwin historical sketches, CB B193, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Henry Baldwin wrote historical sketches for a Marshfield, Oregon (now known as Coos Bay) newspaper, in 1879, that were based on a journal by L.L. Williams, which contained an account of an 1850 exploration party's encounter with "Indians" of Southern Oregon. The collection (1938) contains photocopies of the historical sketches, and a historical write-up by Sheldon Sackett about William's journal, the exploration party, and the Marshfield, Oregon newspaper, Weekly Coast Mail.

Related Materials

Scanned issues of the Weekly Coast News are available on the Historic Oregon Newspaper website. The scanning of historic newspapers is a part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff; 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.

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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

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