Stillman Churchill diary
Scope and Contents
Handwritten diaries describing the overland journey from Lowell, Massachusetts to Deer Creek, Wyoming in 1849. Volume 2 concludes Churchill's journey to California. Churchill traveled with the Sagamore and California Mining and Trading Company. After its dissolution in late June, it is likely that the author joined the Oskaloosa Company. Churchill wrote detailed entries about company politics and disagreements, and also described other companies and emigrants he met on the trail. Diary mentions encounters with several Indian tribes and gives good description of travelling conditions. Bylaws for the Oskaloosa Company are included.
- Churchill, Stillman, 1823- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Biographical / Historical
Pioneer and gold prospector from Massachusetts who later settled in New Hampshire and worked in a woolen mill and furniture shop.
2 volumes (ca. 100 pages) + 2 typescripts (volume 1 and 2)
Language of Materials
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- California -- Gold discoveries
- California National Historic Trail
- Churchill, Stillman, 1823- -- Diaries
- Expeditions and Adventure
- Gold miners -- California -- Diaries
- Immigration and American Expansion
- Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
- Oregon National Historic Trail
- Overland journeys to the Pacific
- Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries
- West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860
- Register of Diary
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 December 8
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.