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Josiah A. Burnett papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 014] 1
Identifier: A 014

Scope and Contents

The collection (1852-1874) consists of correspondence regarding family, mining, and politics, and also contains articles of incorporation of Oregon businesses.

There are eighty-four letters related to family news, mining work in Oregon, and politics in Oregon and California, including:

eighteen from Josiah A. Burnett to his wife, Lucy, and others;

twenty-three from Andrew J. Burnett (brother) to J. A. and John S. Burnett;

fourteen from John S. Burnett (father) to J. A. and Andrew J. Burnett;

five from G. G. Foster to Lucy Burnett and Josiah Burnett;

two from William Thompson;

two from James K. Kelly;

and single letters from Joseph Lane and John H. Mitchell.

Letters describe survey work near The Dalles in 1860, and in the John Day country, 1873; mining and Democratic politics in California, 1860-1861; mining in the Salmon River country, 1861-1862; and politics in Jackson County, Oregon, 1860-1875.

The collection also contains articles of incorporation of the Eagle Creek Clay Wagon Road and Bridge Co. and the Salmon Creek Wagon Road Co., both 1862.

Four letters are originals, ten are photostat copies, and the remainder are typed copies. The documents are originals.


  • 1852-1874


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.


0.2 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

Language of Materials



Josiah Burnett of Eagle Creek, Oregon, worked in mining, survey work, and farming. The collection (1852-1874) contains correspondence regarding family, mining, and politics, and also contains articles of incorporation of Oregon businesses.

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 Josiah A. Burnett Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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