The Butler Family Letters are a collection of 70 original letters written between 1835 and 1863 by some of the pioneers who settled in Polk County, Oregon, and founded Monmouth University (now Western Oregon University).

The letters were written by Peter and Rachel Butler's family and friends who left Monmouth, Illinois, in 1853 to cross the Oregon Trail and settle in Polk County, Oregon. Using the links, browse the collection of letters by author:


Browse the Butler Family Letters Collections:

Berryman Smith

Edward Ground

Elijah Butler

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Eliza Ground

George Churchill

Ira F.M. Butler

Isaac Butler

Isaac Smith

Jane Butler

John Murphy Butler

Joseph Butler

Margaret Smith

Mary Howard

Olso Hendrick

Paradine Butler

Peter Butler

Rachel Butler

Rufus Smith

Sarah A. Butler

Sarah E. Butler

Thomas Hutchinson

William Butler