Guide to the John Gamber papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Gamber, John Arthur
Title: John Gamber papers
Dates: 1897-1911 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 135
Summary: John Arthur Gamber was an Oregonian who participated in the Spanish American War. The collection comprises correspondence with Mary McAlister, whom Gamber later married in 1904, as well as diaries, photographs, and mementoes relating to the Philippines Campaign during the Spanish American War.
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. 

Historical Note

John Arthur Gamber was from Lacomb, Oregon. From 1898-1899 he was a private in Company I, 2nd Oregon Volunteer Infantry, in the Philippine Islands. He attended the University of Oregon, 1900-1902, and later worked as a salesman. He married Mary McAlister of Eugene, Oregon, in 1904.

Content Description

The collection consists mainly of letters, 1897-1911. They are to and from Mary McAlister of Eugene, Oregon. There are also two diary volumes, May 14, 1898-August 7, 1899, concerning the Philippines campaign, and a collection of photographs and mementoes of the war.

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 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], John Gamber Papers, Ax 135, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Letters March 1897
1 2 Letters April 1897
1 3 Letters May 1897
1 4 Letters June 1897
1 5 Letters July 1897-August 1897
1 6 Letters September 1897-December 1897
1 7 Letters April 1898-May 1898
1 8 Letters June 1898-September 1898
2 1 Letters October 1898-December 1898
2 2 Letters January 1899-February 1899
2 3 Letters March 1899-May 1899
2 4 Letters July 1899
2 5 Letters August 1899 December 1899
2 6 Letters 1900
2 7 Letters 1901-1905
2 8 Letters 1906
3 1 Letters 1907-1909
3 2 Letters 1910-1911
3 2 Letters 1910-1911
3 3 Valedictory address
3 4 Diaries (2 volumes) May 14, 1898-August 7, 1899
3 5 Mementoes of the Spanish American War
3 6 Photographs (Spanish American War, Philippine Islands)
3 7 Photographs (Spanish American War, Philippine Islands)


  • Personal Names :
  • Gamber, John Arthur--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence
  • Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Philippines
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs

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