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Overland journeys to the Pacific

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 76 Collections and/or Records:

Edwin R. Bird diary, 1854-1855

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197232569811], Folder: 1-2
Identifier: MSS 2628 Series 1
Scope and Contents Series contains a diary written by Bird, documenting his overland journey to California from April 10, 1854, to July 4, 1854. Diary includes a one paragraph introduction to his sister, Julia Bird Talbot, dated August 5, 185[5]. The text documents Bird's travels from Naperville, Illinois, to Bear River, Wyoming. Although Bird completed the overland journey to California, the diary ends July 4, 1855, with his description of the Bear River region. Included in the Bird diary are descriptions of...
Dates: 1854-1855

Edwin R. Bird letters, 1855

Identifier: MSS 2628 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Series contains five letters by Bird to his sister in 1855. Letters describe his life and activities in California, as well as information about the Bird family.

Dates: 1855

Edwin R. Bird poetry, 1860, 1851

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197232569811], Folder: 3
Identifier: MSS 2628 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Series contains poems and short essays written by Bird in a bound notebook. Representative titles include: "America;" "The West and Its Resources;" "Autumn;" "The Ocean;" "The Mountains Song;" "The Origin of the Harp;" "Speed Away;" "Good News from Home;" "Temperance Song;" "The Old Time Tree;" "Two on Earth and Two in Heaven;" and "I Cannot Call Her Mother."

Dates: 1860; 1851

Sarah Ann Gillins Eyre autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230325471]
Identifier: MSS SC 2639
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. Eyre writes about her childhood and her migration to the United States from England in 1854. She relates her experiences crossing the contintent to Utah as a pioneer.

Dates: approximately 1900

The gold rush in 1849

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230234665]
Identifier: MSS SC 138
Scope and Contents

Typewritten retrospective account of Brady's overland journey from St. Louis, Missouri to Sacramento, California with his father and brother, John, his experiences with gold mining, and his steamship trip back to Missouri via Nicaraqua. He includes comments about the Donner Party and William Walker in Nicaragua.

Dates: 1914

William D. Grantham diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 666
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary (64 pages) of Grantham's overland journey from Missouri to Goose Creek, Utah, in 1850 by ox and horse team. Grantham mainly writes about the geography of the trail and daily camp locations. A member of the company died near the Bear River, and Grantham notes the graves he passed. His company also traded with a group of Indians. The diary describes crossing the Platte and Sweetwater Rivers and details the daily routine of overland travel. Includes transcript. Diary is dated...
Dates: 1850

Peter O. Hansen diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230236553]
Identifier: MSS SC 220
Scope and Contents

Typescript copy of a first person account of overland travel from Iowa to Utah during spring and summer, 1849 with the Howard Egan Company of Wagons.

Dates: 1849

George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 415
Scope and Contents Handwritten autobiography. The manuscript includes excerpts from diaries and copies of correspondence. The autobiography and letter copying were begun in the 1880s. Harris writes about his youth in England, his conversion to the Chrurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1849, his immigration to the United States in 1851, and the overland journey to Utah in 1852. Harris describes travelling conditions, the nature of the trail, and his work as a teamster. Harris settled in Pleasant...
Dates: 1854-1892

John A. Harry diaries

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230233923]
Identifier: MSS SC 116
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries containing entries concerning an overland journey from Tipton, Iowa, to Oregon. Describes Oregon City, Oregon, work for a lumber mill, travel on the Willamette River and daily life in Oregon City. The fourth diary covers a trip from March to July, 1862 to the Salmon River gold mines near Lewiston, Idaho.

Dates: 1851-1862, 1851-1853 (bulk)

William Henry Hart diaries

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232483005]
Identifier: MSS 1411
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries with typescripts in four volumes. Volume 1 concerns Hart's overland journey by ox team from Quincy, Illinois to the Humboldt Valley, Nevada, in 1852. Hart is an insightful and descriptive diarist. He writes about cooking and commerce on the plains, encounters with Indians, and dissatisfaction in his company. Hart mentions a handful of deaths from cholera and includes a moving description of one funeral. He also gives a festive account of his company's celebration of the...
Dates: 1852-1888