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Guide to the John Miller Drake Papers
1841-1935

Creator: Drake, John Miller, 1830-1913
Title: John Miller Drake Papers
Dates: 1841-1935 ( inclusive )
1862-1895 ( bulk )
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (2 document cases, 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number: Mss 80
Summary: Papers of an officer in the 1st Oregon Cavalry and 1st Oregon Infantry during the Civil War, and later purchasing agent for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. Materials include records of the 1st Oregon Cavalry, correspondence, copy of Drake's journal describing a campaign against the Snake Indians in 1864, articles, legal papers, business correspondence for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, private account books, and receipts for the Portland Board of Trade. Also includes genealogical materials for the Parrish family.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society
Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
E-mail: libreference@ohs.org
Languages: The collection is in English
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical Note

John Miller Drake was born December 31, 1830 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He emigrated to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, relocating in Oregon nine years later, in 1858. He served as an officer in both the 1st Oregon Cavalry and 1st Oregon Infantry volunteer regiments during the Civil War. Following the war, he became the purchasing agent for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, a post he filled for 17 years. He died in Portland on December 11, 1913.

Content Description

Papers include: Supply records, orders, and letters (1862-1865) of the 1st Oregon Cavalry; typescript copies of letters (February 23, 1864-March 24, 1865) received by Captain John M. Drake at Fort Dalles; photocopy and typescript copy of Drake's journal (1864) describing a campaign against the Snake Indians in Eastern Oregon; "The Oregon Cavalry" (1906), article written by John M. Drake; building agreements and accounts (1888) for three Portland houses; legal documents (1865-1909); business correspondence (1876-1895) for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company; private account books (1871-1912); and Portland Board of Trade receipts (1870-1871). Also includes genealogical materials for the Parrish family, compiled in 1935.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collection. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :
John Miller Drake Papers, Mss 80, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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