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Register of the Small Overland Trail Collections, 1849-1859
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Background
Holt Atherton Special Collections holds eight overland trail narratives not associated with larger collections. They represent crossings between 1849 and 1859 and include two narratives of the New Mexico/Arizona route and one by a female emigrant. Of these trail narratives, five are copies, the originals of which are still in private collections. For those interested in overland trail narratives, Holt Atherton also holds six other examples: the Lyman Burrell correspondence (1849) [in Mss132]; the Thomas S. Wylly memoir (1849) [in Mss124]; the Calvin B. West diary (1853) [in Mss2: Small Oregon Collections]; the Alexander Horn memoir (1855) [in Mss2: Small California Collections]; the Elvira Dodge diary (1860) [in Mss271]; and, the William S. Moss correspondence (1861) [in Mss2: Small California Collections]. Also of interest is the Jess Machado Collection [Mss256], a compilation of narratives and research on the Carson Pass leg of the Overland Trail.
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Collection is open for research.