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Creighton and McCully family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: A 260

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection (1867-1885) is correspondence.

Most of the letters are from David McCully to John Creighton and refer to business transactions, purchases of cattle and ranch equipment. There are also letters exchanged between Creighton and his wife, and incoming letters sent to each of them.

There is a folder of newspaper clippings regarding Creighton and McCully family members, and a folder of miscellaneous papers which include receipts, bills, certificates, postcards, and notes.


  • 1867-1885


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

John Creighton (1834-1884) was born near Dundee, Scotland, immigrated to the United States, and settled in La Porte, Indiana with his parents in 1845. In 1858, he crossed the plains to California, as a wagon master in government employ. He was sent to Ft. Vancouver, Washington in 1859, and was put in charge of Lt. John Mullan's supply train, during the building of the Mullan Road that ran from Walla Walla to Ft. Benton.

In 1864, he began a freighting business in eastern Oregon and Idaho, and later moved to Elko, Nevada. In 1868, he married Mary J. McCully of Salem, Oregon. The couple then moved to eastern Oregon where they sent up a ranch and raised stock.

Creighton's father-in-law, David McCully, came to Oregon from Iowa in 1852, and became a part owner of a general store in Salem. David McCully invested in some of Creighton's enterprises.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



John Creighton (1834-1884) a pioneer of 1858, came first to Washington and later became a rancher in Oregon, where married Mary J. McCully of Salem. Mary McCully's father, David McCully, invested in some of Creighton's enterprises. The collection (1867-1885) contains correspondence, clippings of the Creighton and McCully family and related family members, receipts, bills, certificates, and other papers.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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 Creighton and McCully Family Papers
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