Guide to the Calbreath Family papers
1893-1930

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Calbreath family
Title: Calbreath Family papers
Dates: 1893-1930 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet (8 containters)
Collection Number: Ax 193
Summary: This collection documents the Calbreath and Smith families, both pioneer families in Oregon. The collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, diaries, account books, day books, and manuscripts of poetry and prose by Irene Smith Calbreath.
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. 

Historical Note

John Calbreath, born in West Virginia, came to Oregon with his family in 1865. He attended Toland Medical College in San Francisco and practiced medicine in Lafayette and McMinnville, Oregon. From 1899 to 1908 he was superintendent of the Oregon State Insane Asylum. He married Irene Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, an Oregon pioneer.

Content Description

The papers consist mainly of letters from members of the Smith and Calbreath families. They are arranged in series: Series I: Sidney Smith, 19 letters sent, 1863-1967; 30 letters received, including letters from Gustavus Hines, Lucious J. Smith, and James Smith; Series II: Mianda Smith (Mrs. Sidney Smith), 30 letters sent, 1865-1907; Series III: Almira Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, 15 letters sent, 1865-1907, most from St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Series IV: John U. Smith, son of Sidney Smith, 58 letters sent, 1885 - 1906; Series V: Mianda Smith, daughter of Sidney Smith, 15 letters sent, 1867-1868, most from St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Series VI: Irene Smith Calbreath (Mrs. John Calbreath), 42 letters sent 1864-1888; 48 letters received, 1862-1906, including letters from Annie Brady, Helen Cummins, A.M. Griffith, and Addie Lewelling; Series VII: John Calbreath, 59 letters sent, 1874-1904; 44 letters received, 1881-1901, including letters from William J. Calbreath, Reuben Lambert, and George W. McBride; Series VIII: Evelene Calbreath, daughter of John Calbreath, 317 letters sent, 1897-1928; 80 letters received, 1897-1930, including letters from William S. Brady, W.C. Brown, Kathryn Meisle Franklin, and Rubin Goldmark; Series IX: Helen Calbreath, daughter of John Calbreath, 218 letters sent, 1897-1928, including letters from Roy Thomas Bishop, and Marion Lou West; Series XI: Helen and Evelene Calbreath, 368 letters from Europe, 1907-1909. These letters were written to Dr. and Mrs. John Calbreath while their daughters were in Europe studying music. They were in Berlin most of the time, staying at a pension, where they met Edith Sitwell.

Series XII: Miscellaneous documents, including Sidney Smith account books, 1840-1845, a daybook, 1864-1865, diaries of Irene Smith Calbreath, 1870, and Evelene Calbreath, 1898, and manuscripts of prose and poetry by Irene Smith Calbreath.

Series XIII: Photographs consists of 66 images, primarily 19th c. vintage portraits of friends and family by Oregon and San Francisco photographers.

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], Calbreath Family papers, Ax 193, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Calbreath Family Papers are arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Sidney Smith
  • Series II: Mianda Smith (wife of Sidney Smith
  • Series III: Almira Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
  • Series IV: John U. Smith (son of Sidney and Mianda)
  • Series V: Mianda Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
  • Series VI: Irene Smith Calbreath (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
  • Series VII: John F. Calbreath
  • Series VIII: Evelene Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)
  • Series IX: Helen Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)
  • Series X: Miscellaneous materials
  • Series XI: Helen and Evelene Calbreath outgoing letters to John and Irene Calbreath from Europe
  • Series XII: Miscellaneous documents
  • Series XIII: Photographs

Processing Note :  

Papers processed by processing staff. Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

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

Series I:  Sidney Smith
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Outgoing letters (19 items) 1848-1968
1 2 Incoming letters (35 items) 1839-1878
1 3 Documents (15 items) 1846-1863

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Series II:  Mianda Smith (wife of Sidney Smith)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 4 Outgoing letters (43 items) 1864-1915

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Series III:  Almira Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 5 Outgoing letters (43 items, mostly from St. Mary's Academy) 1865-1872

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Series IV:  John U. Smith (son of Sidney and Mianda)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 6 Outgoing letters (70 items, mostly to Irene Smith) 1885-1915

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Series V:  Mianda Smith (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 7 Outgoing letters (35 items) 1867-1868 1874 1891 1906 1912-1916

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Series VI:  Irene Smith Calbreath (daughter of Sidney and Mianda)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 8 Outgoing letters to Sidney and Mianda Smith (46 items) 1864-1888
1 9 Outgoing letters to John F. Calbreath (10 items) 1875 1897 1898
1 10 Outgoing letters to Evelene Calbreath (5 items) 1906
1 11 Incoming letters, general (56 items) 1862-1919
1 12 Incoming letters from Annie Brady, Helen Cummins, Addie Lewelling, Mianda Smith, etc. (52 items) 1868-1899

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Series VII:  John F. Calbreath
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Outgoing letters (71 items) 1874-1912
2 2 Incoming letters, general (68 items, including other documents) 1873-1914
2 3 Incoming letters from William J. Calbreath, Reuben Lambert, George W. McBride (12 items) 1882-1900

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Series VIII:  Evelene Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 4 Outgoing letters, general (17 items) 1897-1928
2 5 Outgoing letters to family (48 items) 1912
2 6 Outgoing letters to family (94 items) 1913
2 7 Outgoing letters to family (47 items) 1914
2 8 Incoming correspondence, general (58 items, including other documents) 1906-1930
2 9 Incoming letters from William S. Brady (7 items) 1923-1930
3 1 Incoming letters from W.C. Brown (4 items) 1897-1898
3 2 Incoming letters from Kathryn Meisle Franklin (13 items) 1923-1930
3 3 Incoming letters from Rubin Goldmark (44 items) 1922-1930

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Series IX:  Helen Calbreath (daughter of John and Irene Calbreath)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 4 Outgoing letters, general (63 items) 1897-1913
3 5 Outgoing letters to family (48 items) 1912
3 6 Incoming letters, general (46 items) 1884-1928
3 7 Incoming letters from family (24 items) 1912
3 8 Incoming letters from Roy Thomas Bishop (43 items) 1901-1903
3 9 Incoming letters from Marion Lou West (9 letters) 1911-1912

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Series XI:  Miscellaneous materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 10 Miscellaneous Calbreath Family letters (4 items) 1860 1864
4 1 Sidney Smith day and account books 1840-1846 1864-1865
4 1 John F. Calbreath day and account book 1879-1887
4 2 Daniel Crist estate papers Undated
4 3 Tone Pictures for Young People by Mary Evelene Calbreath (includes photographs and programs) Undated
4 4 Miscellaneous Calbreath family papers Undated
4 5 Irene Smith Calbreath diary 1870
4 5 Evelene Calbreath diary 1898
4 6 Genealogical notes and papers Undated
4 6 Scrapbook of John U. Smith [?] Undated
4 6 Scrapbook of Evelene Calbreath [?] Undated
5 Poetry, prose, and play manuscripts, some possibly written by Irene Smith Calbreath Undated

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Series XII:  Helen and Evelene Calbreath outgoing letters to John and Irene Calbreath from Europe
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 1 Outgoing letters (64 items) February 1907 - June 1907
6 2 Outgoing letters (81 items) July 1907 - December 1907
6 3 Outgoing letters (85 items) January 1908 - June 1908
6 4 Outgoing letters (121 items) June 1908 - May 1909

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Series XIII:  Miscellaneous Documents
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
6 5 Miscellaneous pioneer letters (3 items)
6 6 John F. Calbreath miscellaneous papers and documents
6 7 Smith family miscellaneous papers

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Series XIII:  Photographs (PH087)
2.5 linear feet
Calbreath family
Description
Dates
PH087_01: [Two women sitting for camera]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 3 inches
1860s
PH087_02: Clair Brown [man with mustache]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 3 inches
1890s
PH087_03: [Man with beard]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_04: J.F. Calbreath [Woman in dress]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Goldson, L. of Corvallis, OR
1878
PH087_05: Truly Yours J.R. Davidson [Man with sideburns]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_06: Joe Wiley [Man with goatee in military uniform]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1873-1880
PH087_07: Property J.U. Smith [2 children, one seated]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_08: [3 young men]
1.0 unknown
Missing
3 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH087_09: [Blonde man]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_10: Lieut. P.P. Johns [Man with moustache in military uniform]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1870s-1880s
PH087_11: A.C. Standanl [Man with moustache in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_12: John U. Smith [Man with beard holding Rifle]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_13: T.H. Smith [Man with moustache and sideburns]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_14: [Woman with dark hair]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Goldson, L. of Winona, MS
1860s-1870s
PH087_15: [Woman in dress posed at table]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1873-1880
PH087_16: Almira Smith [Side view of woman standing in long black dress]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_17: [Young girl in plaid dress]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_18: [young girl ]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_19: E.J. Schelhans [Man in suit with beard]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_20: Truly W.P. Smith [Man with dark hair, sideburns and moustache]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_21: Beauregard [Man with moustache in military Uniform. Sold by Laurence & Houseworth
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Anthony, E. & H.T. of NY
1860s-1870s
PH087_22: Mill Hartly [man with mustache]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s
PH087_23: [Man Seated]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s
PH087_24: J.B. Honley [Man seated with 2 young women by him]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_25: Yours Truly J.M. Heinimann [Young man in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_26: [Woman in dress posed at table]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1873-1880
PH087_27: J.W. Seauill [Man with goatee ]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_28: [Man in suit ]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_29: Yours Truly J.B. Zuagorte [Man with beard in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_30: Yours Truly G. Sichel [Young man in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_31: A.J. Braman [Older man with beard in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_32: Respect Yours Dr. J.H. Calbreath [Dr. Calbreath in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_33: Yours Truly W.W. Rice [Man with moustache in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_34: Yours truly V.A. Chaignean [Young man in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_35: Alson Dawson [Man in suit with goatee]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_36: Truly Yours C.W. Swann [Man in suit with beard]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_37: Ever Yours Hook [Young man in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_38: Very Truly Yours T.W. Harris [Man in suit with long goatee]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_39: Yours Truly J. M. Powell [Man in suit with goatee]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_40: Yours Truly H.F. McCornash [Man in suit with moustache and sideburns]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Shews, William of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_41: R.A. McLear [Man in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_42: A.J. Guillemard [Man with moustache in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_43: Bittenbender [Side view of blonde man's head]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
Winberg, John A. of San Francisco, CA
1860s-1880s
PH087_44: Sincerely yours Jos. Pisca [Man with moustache]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_45: Felix Grundy Forre's [Man with beard in suit]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_46: Stanley Smith [Man with beard holding Rifle]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_47: [Woman in dress seated]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1860s-1880s
PH087_48: Gus Smith [Young boy standing next to chair in military uniform]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_49: Take to Bir [Woman seated]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 2.5 inches
1866-1867
PH087_50: [Older man & woman and 2 younger women standing outside house]
1.0 photographic print
5.5 x 3.5 inches
1930s
PH087_51: [Calbreath, 6 men & 1 woman standing on steps to house, Kodak print]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 5 inches
1890s
PH087_52: [Man & Woman in wedding clothes, seated]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
1870s-1880s
PH087_53: [Man seated & woman standing, both in wedding clothed]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
1870s-1880s
PH087_54: [Woman in dress]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
1870s-1880s
PH087_55: [Woman]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
Abell, Frank G., 1844-1910
1878-1888
PH087_56: Surveying party of 1884 around Siletz Indian reservation [studio portrait, all named]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
1884
PH087_57: J.H. Calbreath MD [Side view of Dr. Calbreath]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
Abell, Frank G., 1844-1910
1878-1888
PH087_58: [Woman in hat]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 4 inches
Towne of Portland, OR
1870s-1880s
PH087_59: Baley Sisters [5 women]
1.0 photographic print
5.5 x 6.5 inches
1880s c
PH087_60: [Side view of man with goatee]
1.0 photographic print
10.5 x 7 inches
1890s-1910s
PH087_61: Crystal & Margaret Smith [2 girls]
1.0 photographic print
8.5 x 7 inches
Silva, J.T., of Hilo, HI
1880s-1890
PH087_62: Oregon Senate of 1895 [The Oregon Senators of 1895]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 9.5 inches
1895
PH087_63: The 42 1895 [The 42]
1.0 photographic print
9.5 x 6.5 inches
1895
PH087_64: House Member Oregon Legislature 1895 [Oregon Legislators]
1.0 photographic print
6.5 x 9.5 inches
1895

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Calbreath, Helen
  • Calbreath, Helen--Correspondence
  • Calbreath, Irene Smith
  • Calbreath, Irene Smith--Correspondence
  • Calbreath, Irene Smith--Diaries
  • Calbreath, John F.
  • Calbreath, John F.--Correspondence
  • Calbreath, Mary Evelene
  • Calbreath, Mary Evelene--Correspondence
  • Calbreath, Mary Evelene--Diaries
  • Smith, Sidney, 1809-1880
  • Smith, Sidney, 1809-1880--Correspondence
  • Family Names :
  • Calbreath family
  • Smith family
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon
  • Physicians--Oregon
  • Pioneers--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Account books
    • Albumen prints
    • Cabinet photographs
    • Carte de visite
    • Diaries
    • Letters
    • Photographic prints
    • Tintypes

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