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Fabritus Smith diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: A 191

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of diaries in which Smith made brief record of his everyday activities. With his diaries is his account book, 1863, as supervisor of Road District 12, Marion County. There is a folder of miscellaneous papers including personal correspondence and legal deeds related to Smith's land claim. Also present is a land office deed, signed by Ulysses S. Grant legitimizing the claim of Joseph Waldo, which was then transferred to Smith.

Filed with the F. R. Smith diaries are the diaries of a son, Hamlin F. Smith, 1878, 1879, 1881-1883, 1885, 1886, 1894-1896, 1899, 1902. The entries in these diaries are exceptionally terse.


  • 1854-1874


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

Fabritus Reynolds Smith (1819-1898) was born in Rochester, New York, and came to Oregon in 1846 with Joseph Waldo. He worked in and near Salem as a teamster, and farmed on his land claim. He was twice married, first to Virgilia Pringle, then to Sarah E. Watt.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 clamshell box

Language of Materials



Fabritus R. Smith (1819-1898) came to Oregon in 1846 with Joseph Waldo, where he lived and worked his land claim near Salem. The collection consists of the diaries of Smith and his son, Hamlin, as well as personal and legal papers.

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This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Fabritus Smith Diaries
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Austin Munsell and Kira B. Homo
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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