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George Chorpenning papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-2767
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of account books, financial records, legal records, correspondence, and maps that document George Chorpenning's operation of an overland mail route in western states during the 1850s, his subsequent petition to the United States government for reimbursement, and other business, including his interest in a quartz mine in Sparta, Oregon, owned by E. E. Clough. The papers include correspondence of Chorpenning's sons George and Frank relating to continued claims against the United States government, 1895-1903.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Chorpenning Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Michael D. Heaston on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3, 2004.


Organized into four series: I. Account Books, 1856-1893. II. Business Records, 1856-1894. III. Correspondence, 1889-1903. IV. Other Papers, 1857-1891.

1856 - 1903
1.88 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)
Related Names
Chorpenning, George, 1820-1894
Language of Materials