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Henry Hart Spalding Scrapbook

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Identifier: MS-101

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook contains approximately 25 newspaper clippings dating from the 1860s-1870, an engraving of a "Pawnee Brave," and scattered handwritten notes. The first page of the scrapbook is inscribed, "The Property of Henry Hart Spalding, Dec the 29 1853," but this note is pasted over by later news clippings. Several other pages with writing on them were pasted over with clippings, and others have been excised. The placement of the clippings suggests that the book was originally used for notes by Henry Hart Spalding (perhaps in the 1850s), and then re-purposed as a clippings book in the later 1860s. The clippings include articles on Christian missionary work in Oregon, California and Hawaii; a William Lloyd Garrison article condemning the massacre of the Piegan Blackfeet Indians (1870); and travel accounts from Western America. It is possible that the clippings might have been collected by another Spalding Family member and pasted into what had been Henry Hart's old notebook.


  • 1853-1870

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical Note

Henry Hart Spalding was born in Lapwai, Oregon Territory, on November 24, 1839. The son of missionaries Henry Harmon and Eliza Hart Spalding, he was one of the first children of two white parents born in the Oregon Territory. The Spaldings lived in Lapwai, where they attempted to convert the Nez Perce to Christianity, through much of the younger Henry's childood. After the family's friends the Whitmans were killed by Cayuse Indians in 1847, the Spaldings withdrew to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Henry Hart attended school at Tualatin Academy (the high school associated with Pacific University in Forest Grove), from at least 1853-1858. He later moved to Almota, Washington, where he was a businessman with interests in a hotel, orchards, and other concerns. He died after being injured in a fire in 1898.


1 folders (1 volume in folder)

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Henry Hart Spalding, the son of missionaries Henry Harmon and Eliza Hart Spalding, was one of the first children born to two white parents in the Oregon Territory. This scrapbook was probably his notebook when he was a high school student in the 1850s; news clippings from the 1860s-1870 are pasted over some earlier text.


Housed in MS File Box 3.
Guide to the Henry Hart Spalding Scrapbook
Eva Guggemos
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Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

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