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Crawford Isbell papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 061] 1
Identifier: A 061

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence from Isbell to his siblings, and letters from others regarding Isbell's murder.

Correspondence includes:

letters by Isbell writing from Yreka and Scotts Valley, California to his sister and brother about work in the mines;

letters from 1864-1865, reporting and confirming the murder of Crawford Isbell.


  • 1864-1865


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

Crawford Isbell (1837-1864) lived in Eugene, Oregon but worked in mines in California. He was murdered "on the road between Canyon City and Eugene by one Henry Deadmond, who was hanged in this city [The Dalles, Oregon] for that crime on Feb. 7, 1865.”


0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Crawford Isbell (1837-1864) lived in Eugene, Oregon, worked in mines in California, and was murdered on on the road between Canyon City and Eugene. The collection (1864-1865) contains correspondence from Isbell to his siblings, and letters from other's regarding Isbell's murder.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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 Crawford Isbell 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