Manuscript collections, diaries, and the correspondence with a focus on individuals involved in regional missionary work, settling Salem, and developing Willamette University.
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- Among the treasures in the archives of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon, is a small diary kept in 1862 in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon by David E. Blaine.
- The Chloe Clarke Willson journal documents Willson's journey aboard the ship Lausanne and her experiences as a Methodist missionary teacher at the Oregon Institute (later Willamette University) in Salem, Oregon.
- The James H. Wilbur papers consist of his travel journal, correspondence, legal and accounting papers dating from 1850 to 1887.
- Transcribed diary of Janette McCalley Stowell.
- Letters written by Union soldier, John D. Beach, to his mother during his time in service with the Illinois 55th Regiment, Company G, covering the years 1861 through 1865.
- Letters written by John. G. Burggraf to his family from 1860 to 1865.
- The Charles E. Larsen Chemawa Indian School collection is a compilation of Chemawa Indian School and Northwest Native American history dating from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century.
- The Ken Jacobson photographs consist of digital copies of photographs taken by Jacobson during the Willamette University football team's 1941 trip to Hawaii.
- One hundred and sixty-one black and white and color images document Willamette University and the city of Salem, Oregon from the early 1900s through 1990.
- Includes early photographs of Salem landmarks and Eastern Oregon.