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Joseph Nathan Teal manuscript

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CB T221] 1
Identifier: CB T221

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an unpublished manuscript of stories written down for Teal's daughter, titled, "Stories from the Sage Brush Land." The stories are a series of reminiscences of ranch life in eastern Oregon. Dates are not specified, but events probably occurred in the 1850s through the 1870s.

The manuscript comes with a table of contents, and each "chapter" is a story. At the end of the manuscript there are two essays, on is "Crossing the Plains in '53" (the Nathan Coleman party), and another is "Moving from Eugene to The Dalles, 1862."


  • Creation: 1921


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

Joseph Nathan Teal (1858-1929) was born in Eugene, Oregon. He became a cattle and sheep rancher in eastern Oregon. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1884.

Teal operated a law office out of Portland. He specialized in railroad rate matters, and was a strong advocate of waterways development. In 1920-1921, he served as U.S. Shipping Commissioner.


0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

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Joseph Nathan Teal (1858-1929) was an Oregon rancher, lawyer, investor, and civic leader who was an advocate of waterways development, and served as U.S. Shipping Commissioner from 1920-1921. The collection contains a manuscript of a series of reminiscences of ranch life during the 1850s through the 1870s, in eastern Oregon, that Teal wrote down for his family in 1921.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Joseph Nathan Teal at Special Collections and University Archives include: Joseph Nathan Teal scrapbooks, CA T221; Joseph Nathan Teal papers, Ax 171.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in 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.

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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