Guide to the Porter Family Correspondence
1849-1887

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Claypool, GeorgeJohnson, John WPorter, James MSpencer, Isabella Porter, 1849-1924
Title: Porter Family correspondence
Dates: 1849-1887 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: A 115
Summary: Isabella Porter Spencer (1849-1924), of Ashland, was the daughter of James M. Porter of Iowa. The collection consists of both her own correspondence and that of her father.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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).

Content Description

The correspondence in this collection spans thirty-eight years and two generations.

The 1849 letters are from James M. Porter of Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to George Porter of Chillicothe, Ohio. They describe Iowa weather, prospects of business, and the migration of Iowans to California.

There are two letters (1861, 1862) by George Claypool, 81st Ohio Volunteers, and three by John W. Johnson, 89th Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War, addressed to George Porter.

Other letters are minor family correspondence of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer, who was later a resident of Ashland, Oregon.

Historical Note

The Porter family included brothers James M. of Iowa, and George of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer (1849-1924), daughter of James M. Porter and Sarah Claypool, married A.C. Spencer, of Ashland, Oregon.

The collection consists of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer correspondence, and also correspondence of her father, James M. Porter.

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Porter Family correspondence, A 115, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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


Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Claypool, George--Correspondence
  • Johnson, John W.--Correspondence
  • Porter, George--Correspondence
  • Porter, James M.--Correspondence
  • Spencer, Isabella Porter, 1849-1924--Correspondence
  • Family Names :
  • Porter family--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Iowa--Social life and customs--19th century
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--California
  • Pioneers--Iowa
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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