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Matthew P. Deady diary and letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 364

Content Description

The Matthew P. Deady diary and letters collection contains reproductions of Deady's correspondence and journal held at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. The letters and journal excerpts are limited in scope to matters concerning the University of Oregon.


  • 1872-1893


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.

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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.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Matthew Paul Deady (1824-1893) was a lawyer, politician, and judge in the Oregon Territory. Deady became Oregon's first U.S. District Court judge in 1859, a position he retained until his death. Deady, the oldest of five children, was born in Talbot County, Maryland on May 12, 1824. He studied law with William Kennon, Sr. and earned admission to the Ohio State Bar in 1847. In 1849 he moved to Oregon Territory and began practicing law; in 1850 he won election to the territorial legislature and in 1853 was appointed to the territorial supreme court by President Franklin Pierce in 1853. Deady was elected president of the 1857 convention to frame a state constitution; during the convention he defended slavery and the next year ran for state supreme court on a pro-slavery ticket. He won the election but accepted an appointment by President James Buchanan to the federal bench. Deady championed higher salaries for judges; indeed, he found his own salary insufficient and became a correspondent for the San Francisco Bulletin in 1863. He also served on the University of Oregon Board of Regents for 20 years; the University's first building, Deady Hall, was named for him in 1876. Deady's health began to fail in the summer of 1892; he died on March 24, 1893." [Source: Oregon Encyclopedia]


0.25 linear feet (1 container) : 1 half manuscript box

Language of Materials



Matthew Paul Deady (1824-1893) was a lawyer, politician, and judge in the Oregon Territory, who became Oregon's first U.S. District Court judge in 1859, a position he retained until his death. The collection contains reproductions of diary entries and letters related to University of Oregon topics.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

May have been reproduced for the University of Oregon by the Oregon Historical Society.

Existence and Location of Copies

Matthew Paul Deady Papers, 1850-1923, Mss 48, Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexandra M. Bisio, 2020.

Guide to Matthew P. Deady diary and letters
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Alexandra M. Bisio
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA