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The San Juan Boundary Dispute collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 212

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Stinsman's research correspondence, and documents she gathered, including a copy of the Berlin Arbitration document with senate comments and related correspondence, articles, maps, microfilm, historical information, including material on Archibald Campbell, Jr. and Captain James C. Prevost.

Correspondence to and from libraries regarding Stinsman's requests for information is organized chronologically, 1941-1944.

Research files and gathered documents include northwest maps, historical information on San Juan and Oregon, biographies of persons involved, and typed copies of correspondence by Archibald Campbell Jr., and James Prevost.

The copy of the Berlin Arbitration includes the text, related senate documents and correspondence (1840s-1860s), and a chronological index. Included is a list of U.S. and U.K political figures and memos regarding the Hudson's Bay Company.

Miscellaneous material includes articles, travel pamphlets of the Pacific Northwest, and a San Juan telephone directory (1941).

There is also one reel of microfilm containing muster rolls from the San Juan Island American camp. Also included in the collection are three free-standing volumes on related topics.


  • 1840-1944


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

Edna Stinsman was a Portland, Oregon resident between 1943 and 1950. With the possible intent of writing a historical novel, Stinsman assembled a valuable collection of secondary material regarding some of the Pacific Northwest boundary disputes between the United States and Great Britain. Her focus was mainly on the San Juan Island dispute and the Oregon Question.

She also attempted to gather as much information as possible on Archibald Campbell, Jr. American Commissioner for the settlement of the San Juan boundary dispute, and Captain James C. Prevost, British commissioner.


1.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 clamshell boxes

Language of Materials



An Oregon resident between 1943 and 1950, Edna Stinsman assembled a valuable collection of secondary material regarding some of the Pacific Northwest boundary disputes between the United States and Great Britain, focusing on the San Juan Island dispute and the Oregon Question. The collection contains correspondence and gathered research regarding the history of Oregon boundary disputes.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1992.

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 San Juan Boundary Dispute Collection
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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