Isom Cranfill was a minister in the Regular Predestinarian Baptist Church. He was born in North Carolina and moved to Tennessee and Illinois before coming overland to Oregon in 1847. He was justice of the peace in Clackamas County in 1848 and ran a general store in Oregon City, from 1849-1850. Cranfill later moved to Peoria, Albany, Roseburg, Lookingglass, and Eugene, working as a cabinetmaker, farmer, and itinerant preacher.
The collection consists mainly of diaries: 1847, 1860, and 1863–1877 (16 volumes). The 1847 diary is an account of his overland journey and the others are a record of daily activities in Oregon. In 1870, Cranfill was charged with doctrinal and polity irregularities by the Mount Zion Church in Roseburg. A copy of the charge, and Cranfill’s reply, are included in the collection. In connection with this incident, Cranfill edited and published three numbers (volume 1, number 1, February 1870; volume 1, number 2, July 1870; volume 1, number 3, May 1872) of Zion’s Messenger (Portland and Roseburg, 1870-1872). These have been removed to the Oregon Collection (286.405 Z67). The collection also includes financial materials; 9 issues of Signs of the Times, 1897–1903; and two account books.
Several works are based on the Isom Cranfill papers, including: Miller, Clifford R. Baptist Beginnings in Oregon (Ph. D., History, University of Oregon, 1955) and Warden, Albert T. Baptists in Oregon (Portland, 1969).
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open to the public.
Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.Restrictions on Use :
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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], Isom Cranfill Papers, Ax 127, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Collection is organized into the following six series: Diaries; Charge and Defense; Financial Materials; Volumes; Miscellaneous; Account Books.
Separated Materials :
Cranfill edited and published three numbers (volume 1, number 1, February 1870; volume 1, number 2, July 1870; volume 1, number 3, May 1872) of Zion’s Messenger (Portland and Roseburg, 1870-1872). These have been removed to the Oregon Collection (286.405 Z67).Processing Note :
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