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William Hobson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-062

Scope and Contents

The collection contains chiefly diaries (1859-1891) describing rural life in Iowa and ministerial visits to California, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon; together with autobiographical fragments and notes for sermons.

Dates

  • 1851-1891

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

William Hobson (1820-1891) was born, raised and educated as a member of the Society of Friends in North Carolina. He married Sarah Tulburt in 1844 and in 1848 migrated with his family to Iowa. Active in the life of Iowa Friends, he was recognized as a minister by 1859, and during the next several year made numerous religious visits in Iowa and nearby states of Kansas and Missouri. In 1870 he made his first of three journeys to California and Oregon. Finally, in 1875 he purchased land for settlement in the Chehalem Valley (Newberg, Oregon), where he spent the remaining years of his life.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

William Hobson, 1820-1891, was a Quaker minister and farmer from North Carolina, Iowa, and Oregon. The collection contains chiefly diaries (1859-1891) describing rural life in Iowa and ministerial visits to California, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon; together with autobiographical fragments and notes for sermons.

Arrangement

  1. Diaries
  2. Genealogical and biographical
  3. Correspondence
  4. Writings

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Calvin H. Blair and Maryanne Blair, 1976

General

  1. For a detailed account of William Hobson's life and work, see Myron Dee Goldsmith's dissertation (Boston University), 1962, William Hobson and the Founding of Quakerism in the Pacific Northwest.

Processing Information

Processed and placed in document box in Record Group 5. In 1977, letter from William Hobson to G..., F.B., originally catalogued as a Miscellaneous Manuscript, source unknown, was added to this collection (Series 3).
Title
An Inventory of the William Hobson Papers, 1851-1891
Author
FHL staff
Date
1976
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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