Guide to the Cushing and Myra Fairbanks Eells Papers 1838-1938
Cage 148

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Eells, Cushing and Myra Fairbanks
Cushing and Myra Fairbanks Eells Papers
Cage 148
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box.
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, clippings, poster, and photocopies and transcripts of correspondence by and about the Eells and their missionary work in Oregon and among the Spokanes. Letters re: Whitman Massacre, 1847. Much of this material was secured by Dr. C.M. Drury prior to 1938.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 148, Cushing and Myra Fairbanks Eells Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Scope and Contents note

Of the approximately twenty-five items in this collection, the bulk is of the nature of photocopies and typescript transcripts. However, there is a letter of Mrs. Eells to her sister written in 1853, and a manuscript draft of a diary-like reminiscence of the first month of the Eells' journey west in 1838. This draft has been amended and annotated as if for publication.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1973
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Cushing and Myra Fairbanks Eells, pioneer missionaries, were procured for the Washington State University Library by Dr. Clifford M. Drury in the course of researching the lives of the Pacific Northwest missionaries.

Processing Information note

These papers were processed by Terry Abraham in January, 1973.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The reminiscences of Cushing Eells are located at Whitman College, but Dr. Drury obtained a typescript transcription in 1938 for Washington State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

This material compliments the Eells papers in Cage 57, the Walker Collection at WSU Libraries MASC.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Spokane Indians--Missions


  • Missionaries -- Northwest, Pacific--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Eells, Cushing, 1810-1893 --Archives
  • Eells, Myra Fairbanks, 1805-1878


  • Indians of North America--Northwest, Pacific--Missions
  • Missionaries
  • Native Americans
  • Overland Journeys to the Northwestern United States
  • Pacific Northwest History
  • Washington (State)
  • Whitman Massacre, 1847

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Collection Inventory


Eells, Myra Fairbanks. Memorandum, journeying, Holden, Mass. March 6, 1838-[March 29, 1838]   2 l. ms. draft with emendations.


Eells, Myra Fairbanks. Letter, Hillsborough, [Oregon] to Dear Sister. February 23, 1853   2 l. holograph signed.


Eells, Myra Fairbanks. "Oregon in 1838; original letter written by Mrs. M. T. Eells, at Walla Walla, October 4, 1838." October 4, 1838 

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Unidentified newspaper clipping from the collection of Mrs. Thorburn Ross, Portland, Oregon.


Eells, Walter Crosby "New letters add to Eells record." Spokesman-Review. July 31, 1960   1 newspaper clipping.


Photocopies of papers of M. F. Eells 

Folder item

Memorandum, journeying. March 6, 1838   4 l. ms. (photocopy)

5 A

Letter, Tualatin Academy, to Mrs. Grout November 5, 1850   4 l. ms. (photocopy)

5 B

Letter, Hillsborough, to Dear Sister. 4 l. ms. (photocopy) February 23, 1853   4 l. ms. (photocopy)

5 C

Reminiscences of Cushing Eells, 1882-1892, a transcript of the Original manuscript at Whitman College, copied in 1938. 1938   [99] p. typescript. Also a photocopy of the transcript.


Transcriptions of correspondence. 1838-1904   52 l. typescript.


Cushing Eells centennial celebration, Chewelah, Washington. September 18, 1938   1 poster.