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Shoemaker overland diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 160

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary. Shoemaker describes his overland journey from Porter, Cass County, Michigan to Hangtown (later Placerville), California, in 1850. Upon arrival, he "bought a shovel & a pick the gold dust for to dig." Daily entries are moderately descriptive and mention camping locations, travelling conditions, encounters with Indians, and daily mileage. The diary's author is believed to have been a man named Shoemaker, but more information is unavailable. Apparently, he later became a blacksmith in Placerville.


  • 1850

Conditions Governing Access

Original diary restricted. Photocopy and typescript are for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Shoemaker overland diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Gold prospector.


1 v. ((92 p.) + 1 ambrotype photograph)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased in 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 1974.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original available in Folder 2. Transcription available in Folder 3.

Register of Shoemaker overland diary
Elisa Visick
2010 June 15
Description rules
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States