Andrew S. McClure journal, 1853  PDF

Overview of the Collection

McClure, Andrew S., 1829-1898McLean, Agnes
Andrew S. McClure journal
1853 (bulk)
1853-1942 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (2 folders)
Collection Number
A 074
Andrew S. McClure (1829-1898) traveled from Kansas to Oregon in 1853. The collection consists of two typed transcriptions of his journal, chronicling that journey.
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
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Collection is open to the public.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of two identical typewritten transcriptions of Andrew McClure's travel journal, along with a brief historical note of unknown authorship.

One of the copies includes a handwritten annotation relaying information given by one Agnes McClean in June of 1942 about McClure's deteriorated mental and physical condition in October of 1853, when the journal abruptly ends.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Andrew S. McClure was born May 3, 1829 in Darwin, Indiana. He died March 21, 1898 in Eugene, Oregon.

In 1853, during his journey across the plains from Kansas to Oregon, McClure and a small group of companions left their wagon train in order to obtain assistance. This little party crossed the Cascade range in the neighborhood of the "Three Sisters" mountains, following the south bank of the McKenzie river and emerging at the "High Banks" of the river. During the journey, members of this advanced party lost their way, were forced to abandon their horses, and narrowly escaped death from starvation and privation.

The original wagon train eventually reached the Willamette Valley by way of the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road, arriving at their destination prior to McClure's advance party.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew S. McClure journal, A 074, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Diaries
  • Wagon trains--West (U.S.)
  • Personal Names :
  • McClure, Andrew S., 1829-1898--Diaries
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon National Historic Trail--Description and travel
  • Oregon Territory--Description and travel
  • Oregon Territory--History
  • West (U.S.)--Description and travel
  • West (U.S.)--History--1848-1860
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries