Guide to the John B. Preston Letter to Daniel Lownsdale

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Overview of the Collection

Title: John B. Preston letter to Daniel Lownsdale
Dates: December 29, 1852
Quantity: 0.025 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: CA 1852 Dec 29
Summary: John B. Preston was the first surveyor general of the Oregon Territory. The collection consists of a single letter from Preston to Daniel Lownsdale of Portland.
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).

Content Description

The collection consists of a single letter from Preston to Daniel Lownsdale, a Portland landowner.

In the letter, Preston requests that Lownsdale provide evidence of the validity of his land claim in general, and the boundary between his land and that of William W. Chapman in particular.

Historical Note

John B. Preston was appointed by President Millard Fillmore to be the first surveyor general of the Oregon Territory in 1850. He was removed from this position in 1853.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], John B. Preston letter to Daniel Lownsdale, CA 1852 Dec 29, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

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Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Austin Munsell, 2012.


  • Personal Names :
  • Lownsdale, Daniel H., fl. 1848-1858
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Territory--Claims
  • Subject Terms :
  • Surveyors--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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