Guide to the Clackamas County Polling Record

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Clackamas County, Or., Young's precinct
Title: Clackamas County polling record
Dates: November 9, 1857
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: CA 1857 Nov 9
Summary: The collection consists of a photostat copy of the polling record for an election held at the home of Joseph Young, of Young's Precinct, Clackamas County.
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

The Oregon constitution was voted on in 1857, in anticipation of statehood. Additional clauses were put to the popular vote on the prohibition of slavery, and the immigration of "Free Negroes" to the newly formed state. Statewide, the constitution, ban on slavery, and exclusion of African-Americans all passed. The ban on African-American immigrants remained in place until 1927.

Content Description

The collection consists of a photostat copy of the polling record for an election held November 9, 1857, at the home of Joseph Young, of Young's Precinct, Clackamas County. Votes were cast on: adoption of the Oregon Constitution (Yes 21-3), slavery (No 19-3), and allowing "free negroes" to reside in Oregon (No 20-3).

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.

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.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Clackamas County polling record, CA 1857 Nov 9, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Location of Originals :  

The original is held by the Oregon Historical Society with the Philip Foster papers, Mss 996.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Young's Precinct, Clackamas County at Special Collections and University Archives include: Clackamas County precinct record, CA 1857 June 1; Clackamas County Court certificate of tax, CA 1857 Oct 1.


  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Territory--Politics and government
  • Oregon Territory--Race relations
  • Subject Terms :
  • African Americans--Oregon Territory
  • Race discrimination--Oregon Territory
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Constitutions.

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