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Joseph Henry Brown "History of Indian Wars in Oregon and Washington" manuscript

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: F979.5 B814h

Scope and Contents

Joseph Henry Brown "History of Indian Wars in Oregon and Washington" manuscript contains an unpublished manuscript by Brown that was intended as a companion to his Political History of Oregon to 1848.

The collection also contains pages from Brown's military reports from the 1855 Rogue River and Modoc Wars. The document titled "Modoc War" Brown describes his interpretation of the history and ethnology of the Modoc tribe of northern California and southern Oregon. He explains the natural environment surrounding Modoc homelands and their first encounters with whites. Brown asserts that in most interactions between Modocs and white traders and settlers, violent conflict has existed. He cites the source for this information as originating from Wigwam and Warpath by A.B. Meacham.

Dates

  • circa 1893

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use note

This work has been identified as in the public domain under applicable United States copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Henry Brown was born near Wilmington, Will County, Illinois, in 1837, and came overland to Oregon with his parents in 1847.

He served as an apprentice with the Oregon Statesman newspaper in Salem in the late 1850s. He joined the First Oregon Cavalry in 1861 and saw action in conflicts with Native Americans in eastern Oregon. He served as a clerk in the state legislature, and was employed as the Salem correspondent for the Oregonian newspaper.

In 1869 he married Margaret R. Graves, with whom he had four children, and around 1880 they moved to Portland.

Brown wrote monographs of histories of Oregon, and of "Indian wars in Oregon." The first volume of Political History of Oregon to 1848, was published in 1892, but subsequent volumes (1949-1860) remained unpublished due to Brown's ill health.

[Source: Joseph Henry Brown papers, Mss 1002, Oregon Historical Society Research Library; UO Libraries Digital Collection: Tribal Legacies.]

Extent

.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Joseph Henry Brown (1867-1898) was an Oregon pioneer, newspaper printer and correspondent, Veteran, and a historian who wrote about politics and Native American culture and conflicts in Oregon. Joseph Henry Brown "History of Indian Wars in Oregon and Washington" manuscript contains an unpublished work by Brown that was intended as a companion to his Political History of Oregon to 1848.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition information for this item is unavailable.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Alexandra M. Bisio, 2021.
Title
Guide to the Joseph Henry Brown "History of Indian Wars in Oregon" manuscript
Status
Complete Description
Author
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
Date
2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA