Abel D. Helman papers, 1850-1892  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Helman, Abel D., 1824-1910
Abel D. Helman papers
1850-1892 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (4 folders)
Collection Number
A 048
The Abel Helman Papers comprise four folders that include a diary of Helman's overland trip from Ohio to California, a list of travel expenses, detailed description of weather reports of Ashland, Oregon, and a photostat copy of the journal of the Mountain Rangers from 1863 to 1866.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Abel Helman was born of April 10, 1824 in Ohio. On October 23, 1849, he married Martha Jane Helman, who was born March 3, 1826 in Pennsylvania. The couple had 8 children. In 1850, Martha and Abel made the overland trek from Ohio to California then later Oregon. The family eventually settled in Jackson County, Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of a typed copy of a diary and expense account of a voyage to California in 1850, and to Oregon in 1851; expense account of an overland trip from Oregon to Ohio and return, 1853; a diary, Oct. 7, 1858-April 11, 1859, Feb. 1, 1883-July 30, 1892; a table of weather data, Ashland, Or., Feb. 1, 1883-July 31, 1892. There is a photostat copy of the journal of the Mountain Rangers, Company A, 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade, Oregon Militia, 1863-1866. The Rangers were a marching and social organization. The originals of the Helman papers are privately owned.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abel D. Helman papers, A 048, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Diaries and Expense Accounts
2 Diary with Weather Reports February 1883-July 1892
3 Weather Reports 1883-1892
4 "Mountain Rangers" journal

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Jackson County
  • Travel costs--West (U.S.)
  • Voyages to the Pacific coast
  • Personal Names :
  • Helman, Abel D., 1824-1910--Archives
  • Helman, Abel D., 1824-1910--Finance, Personal
  • Helman, Abel D., 1824-1910--Travel--West (U.S.)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. Militia. Regiment, 1st. Brigade, 1st. Company A (1863-1866)--Diaries
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Account books
  • Diaries