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Overland journeys to the Pacific

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 76 Collections and/or Records:

Cyrus E. Phillips diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 273
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary in two volumes. Phillips made the overland journey by ox team from Indiana to California in 1852, but the diary ends at the Humboldt River in Nevada. Phillips was an enthusiastic traveler and wrote about trail conditions, buffalo hunting, encounters with Indians, price gouging in Nevada, and significant disagreements within his company. Phillips visited Salt Lake City and gives a brief description. Phillips also writes about his trip by railroad in 1883 to Salt Lake City,...
Dates: 1852-1883

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...
Dates: 1847-1958

John A. Powel journal

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1199
Scope and Contents

Handwritten journal of Powel's overland journey from Illinois to Linn County, Oregon in 1851. Includes daybook of receipts and expenses and a record of marriages performed by Powel. Daily diary entries mostly deal with traveling conditions and the geography of the trail. Early entries mention passing through a Mormon settlement. Powel also briefly notes the death of his daughter, Therissa, from complications related to childbirth.

Dates: 1851-1878

John H. Purdy correspondence to James L. Purdy

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 862
Scope and Contents Handwritten correspondence from John Purdy to his brother, James, about his overland journey by ox team from Columbus, Ohio, to California in 1849. Purdy is an intelligent and detailed writer. He describes various companies' rules and regulations and his attempts to join a suitable group traveling to California. Purdy's company encountered Native Americans and two of his party were killed. He also mentions his visit to Salt Lake City and how the company made their own road to Los Angeles,...
Dates: 1849-1851

A record of a company of emigrants

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 42
Scope and Contents

Handwritten records dated 1858 and 1859. These records include information of a company of emigrants from Nebraska City, Nebraska to Genoa, Utah and from Camp Floyd, Utah to Carson Valley, Nevada. Included are accounts of the travels, articles of incorporation, and notes on the meetings of the company. Also included are bound photocopies of the documents.

Dates: 1858-1859

F. T. Seawell letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230346725]
Identifier: MSS 858
Scope and Contents

Seven handwritten letters and typed copies of the items. Seawell writes to family members about his experiences moving to the West and his activities in various mining communities in California and Montana.

Dates: 1850-1865

Montell Seely papers

Identifier: MSS 7950
Scope and Contents Contains documents on Montell Seely's life and family history. Includes research files and book proofs from his work on family history, especially as it pertains to the Robert Seeley family. Contains documents of the family, including deeds, wills, and other sources. These sources document their migration and moves around the country. The collection also contains Seely's personal journals, kept in his adulthood. These document his daily life, concerns, and interests, as well as family and...
Dates: approximately 1934-2009

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...
Dates: 1850

N. Simons letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230323344]
Identifier: MSS SC 2421
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter dated 28 June probably in 1854 and written in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. The item was addressed to Dr. C. L. Webster of Elmore, Illinois. Simons describes the overland journey as "long, tedious and tasteless." He also expresses regret for having started the trip.

Dates: approximately 1854