William Howard diary, April 1862-September 1862  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Howard, Wm. (William), 1831-1862
William Howard diary
April 1862-September 1862
0.1 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
A 056
William Howard travelled from Clackamas County to the minefields of eastern Oregon to dig for gold with his brother Charles. The collection consists of a single diary detailing his journey and early mining experiences.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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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

Howard's diary chronicles the rigors of his journey from Clackamas County to the gold fields of eastern Oregon, as well as his early experiences mining for gold. He also made note of the weather for each day of his trip. There is an abbreviated ledger of Howard's debts and expenses incured on the trip at the end of the diary.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

With his brother Charles, William Howard located diggings on Granite Creek in the Powder River Valley of eastern Oregon. He was killed in a mining accident at Granite Creek September 7, 1862.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Howard diary, A 056, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Gold miners--Oregon--Diaries
  • Gold mines and mining--Oregon--Granite Creek (Grant County)
  • Personal Names :
  • Howard, Wm. (William), 1831-1862--Travel--Oregon, Eastern
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Climate--History--19th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Account books
  • Diaries