Collection Coll 26 - Delazon Smith family papers

Letter from Delazon Smith to Mary Shepherd Smith

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Coll 26

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Delazon Smith family papers

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  • 1848-2004 (Creation)

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1.2 cubic feet, (3 document cases)

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(1816-1860)

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Papers of Delazon Smith, an early Oregon journalist and political figure in Linn County, Or., who served briefly as one of the first U.S. Senators from the state. Includes letters from Delazon Smith to his wife Mary, some of which detail Smith's journey to the east coast in 1858 and admission of Oregon to the Union in 1859. Also included are letters from Smith family members, including Delavan Smith, a soldier in the Civil War; legal documents and speeches; and transcripts of Delazon's Smith's letters to the Oregon Weekly Times describing conditions in the state and providing advice to overland travelers.

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The collection is open to the public.

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  • Citation: Delazon Smith family papers, Coll 26, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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