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Durham family papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [Coll 383] 1
Identifier: Coll 383

Scope and Contents

Most of the correspondence is from Kentucky relatives to family members living in Oregon. There is one letter dated 1857, from a grandmother in her 97th year, writing to her grandson.

Family members include Mary A. Durham and her husband John Duram, who traveled overland to Oregon in 1846, as a part of the wagon train with Elder Glen O. Burnett.

Papers include an obituary of Mary A. Durham and her husband John Duram, which lists the names and locations of their eight children. There are also telegrams regarding a mother who was ill, and one telegram states, "Come immediately if you want to see your mother alive."

There are also a few sheets of handwritten poetry.

Also in the collection is a newspaper clipping (1925) of an interview with John Henry Durham (born 1853, in Polk County, Oregon), son of Mary and John Durham. The clipping describes his parents' overland journey, life and business in Polk County, and in Pendleton, Oregon. The clipping also states that his parents had eleven children.


  • Creation: 1846-1925


Conditions Governing Access

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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.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



The Durham family was based in Kentucky, although some family members moved out west. The collection (1846-1925) contains correspondence, telegrams, an obituary, an article clipping, and poetry.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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.

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Finding aid is 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