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Andrew Jackson Poe and Clarence Poe family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 655

Scope and Contents

Three volume, leather-bound diary recording Poe's overland journey from Iowa to Oregon and return in 1847-48. Volume 1 is primarily concerned with camping locations and daily mileage. Poe is a terse diarist but does include some details. He writes about seeing 70 Mormon Battalion soldiers and is critical of the Indians, "the most miserable race in the world." Volume 2 mostly describes Oregon's weather. Poe writes "home ward journey" on the first page of volume 3, but according to the geography it appears that he is heading to California. Entries are more detailed and describe weather, mileage, and camping locations. The journal then shifts to Bonaparte, Iowa, where Poe notes a debt but dates it two weeks after his departure from Oregon. The rest of volume 3 is financial equations. Also included are a Poe family history and a biographical sketch of Poe written by his grandson, Clarence Poe.


  • 1847-1958


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Transcription available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Andrew Jackson Poe and Clarence Poe family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

American pioneer, carpenter and farmer from Iowa who settled in Clark County, Missouri in 1865.


5 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies of family history documents in folder 2. Transcriptions of original diaries in folder 3-5.

Register of Andrew Jackson Poe and Clarence Poe family papers
Under Revision
Leslie Evens
2011 December 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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