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Hudson's Bay Company collection

Identifier: F 978 H869

Scope and Contents note

The collection comprises copies of the Hudson's Bay Company records from 1822 to 1846. Included are Barker and Clark's hand-written notes and typed copies of original company documents from archives in the Pacific Northwest and London, England. Most of the documents are copies of journal entries, account books, and correspondence of the Hudson's Bay Company's Pacific Northwest division. Much of the collection focuses on the work of the division's head, John McLoughlin.


  • 1822-1846


Conditions Governing Access note

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 note

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 note

The Hudson's Bay Company began in 1670, and by the 1820s it had expanded to the Pacific Northwest. John McLoughlin served as the head of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia district. In this position, which McLoughlin held for twenty-one years, he oversaw the company's operations throughout the entire Pacific Northwest. Researching the role Dr. McLoughlin played in the history of the Hudson's Bay Company were Robert C. Clark and Burt B. Barker. Both were historians at the University of Oregon who conducted this research as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the summer of 1936. The two historians traveled to archives around the Pacific Northwest and London, England.


1.75 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



This collection contains records relating to Burt Brown Barker and Robert Carlton Clark's historical research into the operations of the Hudson's Bay Company's Pacific Northwest division from 1822 to 1846, with a specific focus on the work of Dr. John McLoughlin, the division's head. The collection consists of copies of documents and correspondence in the archives of the Hudson's Bay Company, which were selected by Robert Carlton Clark and Burt Brown Barker in 1936 as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Barker and Clark's notes from Pacific Northwest archives; Series II. Barker's Book; Series III. Typed notes; Series IV. Barker and Clark's notes from London; and Series V. Clark's Book.


Barker, Burt Brown. The McLoughlin Empire and its Rulers. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1959.

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Collection processed by staff.

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Guide to the Hudson's Bay Company Collection
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Finding aid prepared by Vida Germano
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA