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Calbreath Family papers

Identifier: Ax 193

Scope and Contents

The papers consist mainly of letters from members of the Smith and Calbreath families. They are arranged in series: Series I: Sidney Smith, 19 letters sent, 1863-1967; 30 letters received, including letters from Gustavus Hines, Lucious J. Smith, and James Smith; Series II: Mianda Smith (Mrs. Sidney Smith), 30 letters sent, 1865-1907; Series III: Almira Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, 15 letters sent, 1865-1907, most from St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Series IV: John U. Smith, son of Sidney Smith, 58 letters sent, 1885 - 1906; Series V: Mianda Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, 15 letters sent, 1867-1868, most from St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Series VI: Irene Smith Calbreath (Mrs. John Calbreath), 42 letters sent 1864-1888; 48 letters received, 1862-1906, including letters from Annie Brady, Helen Cummins, A.M. Griffith, and Addie Lewelling; Series VII: John Calbreath, 59 letters sent, 1874-1904; 44 letters received, 1881-1901, including letters from William J. Calbreath, Reuben Lambert, and George W. McBride; Series VIII: Evelene Calbreath, daughter of John Calbreath, 317 letters sent, 1897-1928; 80 letters received, 1897-1930, including letters from William S. Brady, W.C. Brown, Kathryn Meisle Franklin, and Rubin Goldmark; Series IX: Helen Calbreath, daughter of John Calbreath, 218 letters sent, 1897-1928, including letters from Roy Thomas Bishop, and Marion Lou West; Series XI: Helen and Evelene Calbreath, 368 letters from Europe, 1907-1909. These letters were written to Dr. and Mrs. John Calbreath while their daughters were in Europe studying music. They were in Berlin most of the time, staying at a pension, where they met Edith Sitwell.

Series XII: Miscellaneous documents, including Sidney Smith account books, 1840-1845, a daybook, 1864-1865, diaries of Irene Smith Calbreath, 1870, and Evelene Calbreath, 1898, and manuscripts of prose and poetry by Irene Smith Calbreath.

Series XIII: Photographs consists of 66 images, primarily 19th c. vintage portraits of friends and family by Oregon and San Francisco photographers.


  • 1893-1930


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 Calbreath, born in West Virginia, came to Oregon with his family in 1865. He attended Toland Medical College in San Francisco and practiced medicine in Lafayette and McMinnville, Oregon. From 1899 to 1908 he was superintendent of the Oregon State Insane Asylum. He married Irene Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, an Oregon pioneer.


5.5 linear feet (8 containers)

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This collection documents the Calbreath and Smith families, both pioneer families in Oregon. The collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, diaries, account books, day books, and manuscripts of poetry and prose by Irene Smith Calbreath.


The Calbreath Family Papers are arranged in the following series:

Series I: Sidney SmithSeries II: Mianda Smith (wife of Sidney SmithSeries III: Almira Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)Series IV: John U. Smith (son of Sidney and Mianda)Series V: Mianda Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)Series VI: Irene Smith Calbreath (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)Series VII: John F. CalbreathSeries VIII: Evelene Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)Series IX: Helen Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)Series X: Miscellaneous materialsSeries XI: Helen and Evelene Calbreath outgoing letters to John and Irene Calbreath from EuropeSeries XII: Miscellaneous documentsSeries XIII: Photographs

Processing Information

Papers processed by processing staff. Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

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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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA