Finding Aid: James Orr

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 12 items
Period covered: 1822 - 1960
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: James and Minerva Washburn Orr were missionaries to the Cherokees, stationed at Dwight Mission. Four of these letters were written when Dwight was located in Arkansas Territory, the others from the later location of the mission in Indian Territory.
The letters refer to life at Dwight, but mostly are concerned with family and health problems. They are written by the Washburn sisters, Lavinia and Lydia, other members of the family, and T. M. (Theresa Maria) Bissell, a teacher at Dwight, who writes about teaching thirty-four scholars.
James and Minerva were married November 18, 1821. Minerva died in 1852 and James married Julia F. Stone of Marietta, Ohio, in 1854. She had come to Dwight as a missionary.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
James Orr, Folder 1 Two letters from Minerva Orr to Mr. Jonah Washburn

Folder 1

February 1822
James Orr, Folder 2 Letter from James Orr to his parents-in-law, Jonah and Sarah Washburn

Folder 2

December 16, 1923
James Orr, Folder 3 Letter from James Orr to his sister-in-law Lavinia Washburn

Folder 3

October 21, 1825
James Orr, Folder 4 Letter from M.W. Orr to her parents, Jonah and Sarah Washburn

Folder 4

May 23, 1827
James Orr, Folder 5 Letter from James and Minerva Orr to Miss Lavinia Washburn

Folder 5

December 9, 1834
James Orr, Folder 6 Letter from James and Minerva Orr to Lavinia Washburn, a letter from Minerva W. Orr to Lydia Washburn, and a letter from James Orr to Lydia Washburn

Folder 6

June 1, 1837
James Orr, Folder 7 Letter from S.A. Worcester and a note from Elias Boudinot to James Orr

Folder 7

February 8, 1839
James Orr, Folder 8 Two letters, one from T.M. Bissell and one from James Orr both to Lydia Washburn

Folder 8

May 1839
James Orr, Folder 9 Letter from Minerva W. Orr with addendum by James Orr to Lydia Washburn

Folder 9

March 2, 1840
James Orr, Folder 10 Letter from Minerva W. Orr with addendum by James Orr to Lydia Washburn

Folder 10

January 13, 1841
James Orr, Folder 11 Letter from Minerva Orr to Lydia Washburn with addendum by James Orr

Folder 11

June 23, 1841
James Orr, Folder 12 Letter from Minerva Orr to Lydia Washburn with addendum by James Orr

Folder 12

August 3, 1843
James Orr, Folder 13 Letter from James Orr to Lydia Washburn with an addendum by Minerva Orr

Folder 13

March 9, 1848
James Orr, Folder 14 Newspaper clippings from The Christian Science Monitor entitled 'A Cherokee Chronicle, Part I'

Folder 14

March 1960