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Samuel Asahel Clarke papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CB C556h] 1
Identifier: CB C556h

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five handwritten chapters from Clarke's History of the Modocs, as well as a typed transcription of the chapters.

Also included is a hand drawn map of Modoc lands and an "Account of the massacre of the Modoc peace commission" by "Winema", transliterated from the Modoc tongue, with translation.


  • Creation: 1827-1909


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

Samuel Asahel Clarke (1827-1909) was a newspaperman, historian, and poet. Born on the island of Cuba, Clarke travelled to the United States as a child with his mother. As a young man, Clarke travelled west seeking gold in California. In 1850, he moved to Oregon, where he married Harriet Buckingham.

Throughout his career, Clarke wrote for various Oregon newspapers included the Oregonian, of which he was the editor for a time, and the Statesman and Unionist. His works of history include Pioneer Days of Oregon and Legends of the Cascades.


0.2 linear feet (5 containers) : 5 folders

Language of Materials



Samuel Asahel Clarke (1827-1909) was an Oregon newspaperman, historian, and poet. The collection consists of five handwritten chapters from Clarke's History of the Modocs.

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Guide to the Samuel Asahel Clarke Papers
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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