Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, diaries, financial and legal records, pioneer family files, photographs and memorabilia.
Phil Metschan, Sr. materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence (1878-1916), diaries, calendars, financial documents, and a 1894 diary of Anna Metschan.
Phil Metschan, Jr. materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence (1887-1946).
Other material consists of manuscripts about the Metschan family and Oregon history, financial and legal documents, newspapers, clippings and other publications, files on pioneer families of Oregon, photographs of the Metschan family, Joaquin Miller, and Major Rinehart, and memorabilia such as service awards, political mementoes and passports.
- Creation: 1862-1946
- Metschan, Phil, Sr., 1840-1920 (Person)
- Cattanach, Anna Metschan, 1869-1956 (Person)
- Metschan, Phil, Jr., 1876-1951 (Person)
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
Phil Metschan, Sr. (1840-1920) was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany and came to the United States in 1855. He worked in a butcher shop in Cincinnati, traveled to California in 1861, and to British Columbia and Oregon in 1862. In 1863 he joined the gold rush to eastern Oregon, settling in Canyon City, where he ran a store and later became a county official. He was elected state treasurer in 1890, serving until 1898. In 1889 he established the Imperial Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
2.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box, 1 flat box
Language of Materials
Phil Metschan, Sr. (1840-1920) was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany and travelled to the United States and settled in Canyon City, Oregon where he ran a store, became Oregon state treasurer, and established a hotel in Portland, Oregon. The collection contains correspondence, diaries, financial and legal records, pioneer family files, photographs and memorabilia.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Collection processed by staff, 1974.
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
Genre / Form
- Canyon City (Or.) -- History
- Oregon -- Politics and government -- 1859-1950
- Portland (Or.) -- History
- Guide to the Metschan Family Papers
- Revise 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).