Hazard Stevens Papers circa 1861-circa 1930
Cage 696

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Hazard Stevens
Title
Hazard Stevens Papers
ID
Cage 696
Date
circa 1861-circa 1930
Extent
2.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
1 plus oversize containers
Abstract
This collection consists primarily of military commissions, correspondence, and reminiscences, official appointments, awards, and miscellaneous items.

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Biographical/Historical note

Hazard Stevens (1842-1918) was a prominent military officer who served in the Civil War, receiving the Medal of Honor for his service. After the war, he moved to the Washington Territory, where he worked for the Oregon Steam Navigation Company and the federal government. In Olympia, he studied law and became an attorney. He practiced law in Washington and, later, in Massachusetts. Among his noteworthy personal accomplishments was the first documented ascent of Mount Rainier, with P. B. Van Trump, in 1870.

Stevens was the son of Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory (1853-1857), and Margaret Lyman Hazard Stevens.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of military commissions, correspondence and reminiscences, official appointments, awards, and miscellaneous items.

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Arrangement note

Arranged in three small series, plus a group of oversize items.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was purchased by the Washington State University Libraries in 2002; it was previously owned by the Stevens family.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Military, Territorial Government
  • Stevens, Hazard, 1842-1918.
  • Washington (State) -- History -- 19th century.
  • Washington (State) -- History -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence and personal reminiscences 1865-1916, undated 

Box
1
Folder
1

Autograph letter from Stevens to his grandmother (incomplete) 1865 

Poem, "The Bridal" 1886 

Typescript, "Reminiscences of a Journey in Montana in 1855" 1913 

Letter from the Bureau of Pensions regarding Medal of Honor 1916 

Typescript, "Notes of a Journey of Governor Stevens and Family from Vancouver to Olympia, Washington Territory, in December, 1854" undated 

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 2 Awards, honors, appointments 1886-1916 

Box Folder

 

Scope and Contents note

Certificates permitting Stevens to practice law, 1870-1878; Appointments as notary public, 1870, 1873.

1 2

 

Scope and Contents note

Commission, Captain, 14th United States Infantry, 1866; Notice of election, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, 1876; Letters related to Medal of Honor, 1894, 1916; Medal of Honor Certificate, 1916.

1 3

 

Scope and Contents note

Letter (copy) by President Grant appointing Stevens commissioner to ascertain British citizen claims and Hudson's Bay Company holdings in Washington Territory, 1874; Letter from Secretary of Interior Delano, 1874; Appointment as warden of Boston, 1883; Notices of election to Massachusetts legislature, 1884, 1885; Note certifying Steven's election to the Society of Cincinnati, 1887.

1 4

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 3 Photographs, miscellaneous circa 1861-circa 1930 

Box Folder

 

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of Stevens, ca. 1861 and ca. 1887; Photograph of Dedication of Memorial Tablet placed by Marcus Whitman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, ca. 1930.

1 5

 

Scope and Contents note

Broadside, U. S. Tax Notice, Washington Territory, 1870; Deed, documenting sale of land by David and Tabbitha Kincaid to the Northern Pacific Railroad, witnessed and notarized by Stevens, 1872; Issue of The Volunteer (newspaper), including a biographical sketch of Isaac Stevens, 1891; Program for commemorative exercises at Camp Washington, Spokane, 1908; Invitations, 1911.

1 6
Oversize

Military commissions 1865-1866 

Scope and Contents note

Including Major, Assistant Adjutant General of the Volunteers; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel; Brevet Colonel; Brevet Brigadier General.

7

 

Scope and Contents note

Certificates, Notary Public and Justice of the Peace, Massachusetts, 1857-1908; Harvard Law School diploma, 1900; Certificate, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, 1876; Certificate, Medal of Honor Legion of the United States, 1895.

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