Guide to the Jesse Looney Letter to John C. Bond

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Looney, Jesse, 1801-1869
Title: Jesse Looney letter to John C. Bond
Dates: October 27, 1843
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: CA 1843 Oct 27
Summary: Jesse Looney (1800-1869) was a pioneer farmer and early Oregon legislator. The collection consists of a typed transcript of a letter from Looney to his brother-in-law, John C. Bond
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Jesse Looney (1800-1869) was a pioneer farmer and early Oregon legislator. He was born in Tennessee and with his family traveled overland to Oregon in a wagon train led by Marcus Whitman. The Looneys took a donation land claim south of Salem. He was a provisional legislator, orchard grower, and builder. He married Ruby Crawford Bond. They had 13 children.

Content Description

The collection consists of a typed transcript of Looney's letter to his brother-in-law, John C. Bond. In the letter, Looney gives advice on making the trip across the plains, and describe the state of his family, newly arrived in Waiilapu, Oregon Territory.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Jesse Looney letter to John C. Bond, CA 1843 Oct 27, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Location of Originals :  

Looney's original letter can be found at the Oregon Historical Society: Jesse Looney papers 1843-1866, Mss 2263.


  • Personal Names :
  • Looney, Jesse, 1801-1869
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Territory--History
  • Subject Terms :
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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