George Fox University Archives

Hobson Family Collection Edit


MS 19
Finding Aid Author
Zoie Clark
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
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  • 1888-1968 (Creation)
  • 1888 – 1968 (Creation)


  • 0.5 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    1 document box

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  • Biographical Note

    William Hobson, 1820-1891, is credited with bringing Quakers to Newberg, Oregon, in the 1870s, a settlement that he chose because of its location along a well-traveled route and its promise of agricultural productivity. Although he was not the first Friends minister to migrate to Oregon, he devoted time and effort inviting Eastern Friends to immigrate to Yamhill County where future descendents would "form a settlement here and make it a garden of the Lord." Mr. Hobson and other early settlers, concerned about lack of education in the northwestern United States, established Pacific Friends Academy in 1885. The first Quaker meeting house was built in Newberg, in 1875, and the city is now the hub for Evangelical Quakers of the northwest.

  • Summary

    William Hobson is credited with bringing Quakers to Newberg, Oregon, in the 1870s. This collection consists of biographies of William Hobson, his handwritten journal, and a transcript of his son Samuel's "Memories of Samuel Hobson", and other materials related to the early settlement of the area.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    George Fox University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of George Fox University is retained by George Fox University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

  • Accruals

    No accruals are expected.

  • Content description

    This collection consists of biographies of William Hobson, a microfilm of his diary, a transcript of "Memories of Samuel Hobson", William's son, a handwritten journal of William Hobson, and photographs. Also included are periodicals containing William Hobson's writings, a tribute to his life by associates at a gathering of Friends Yearly Meeting, and some unrelated materials concerned with the early Newberg community.

  • Restrictions on Access

    Collection is available for research.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Collection contains some very fragile materials.

  • Source

    Eric Hobson


  • Type
    Mixed Materials
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