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Willis Dunagan diaries and legal papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 133

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 15 bound diaries, a folder of legal papers, and 2 diplomas.

The diaries are for 1865-1872, 1875, 1879-1884, 1886-1891, 1894-1897. Diary entries include daily activities, financial records, and occasional inspirational musings. The collection also includes a memorandum of a cattle drive from Camp Floyd, Utah, to Meadow Creek, California, August 16-October 4, 1869 [?], by an unknown diarist. The papers include legal documents relating to the estate of Israel Chamness of Marion County, 1859-1861.

The collection also contains two (rolled) diplomas earned by Dunagan, one high school, and one from the Oregon Normal school.


  • Creation: 1858-1897


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

Willis Dunagan was a farmer in Marion County, Oregon. He raised wheat, hops, and cattle.


3 linear feet (2 containers, 1 volume) : 1 oversize box, 1 clamshell, 1 volume

Language of Materials



Willis Dunagan was a farmer in Marion County, Oregon. The collection consists of Dunagan's diaries from 1859 to 1897, a folder of legal documents, and two original school diplomas earned by Dunagan.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items are available online in the Willis Dunagan diaries and legal papers, 1858-1897 in Oregon Digital.

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.

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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