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James Willis Nesmith correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: SFM 186

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two letters written by James Willis Nesmith. The letter dated May 12, 1874, to Constituent John S. Cocke concerns swamplands in Oregon. The second letter dated October 27, 1867, to Senator Benjamin Stark concerns the appointment of a minister to Mexico. Both letters include transcriptions.


  • 1867-1874


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

James Willis Nesmith was the second U.S. Senator elected from Oregon, serving 1861-1867. He was also elected to the U.S. Congress in 1873 and served until 1875. He served both houses of the legislature as a Democrat.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



James Willis Nesmith was a US Senator and a US Representative for Oregon between 1861-1875. This collection consists of correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald T. Smith, 1990-1991.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to James Willis Nesmith at Special Collections and University Archives include: James Willis Nesmith (Account book) 1867-1871, A 087; James Willis Nesmith (Print block/Broadside) June 7, 1847, SFM 071; Nesmith County, Oregon (Proposal of) 1911, A 271; James Willis Nesmith (Farm rental agreement) August 7, 1865, CA 1865 Aug 7; Georgia Nesmith (Letter to James) September 28, 1893, CA 1893 Sept 28; Harriet Nesmith McArthur (Diary), A 073.

Correspondence to/from James Willis Nesmith can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: Medorem Crawford Papers, Ax 129; A.P. Dennison Papers, A 177; Joel Palmer Papers, Ax 57; Joseph Gardner Wilson Papers, CA 1870 Feb 26.

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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 James Willis Nesmith Correspondence
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University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA