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Charles W. Baker Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Charles W. Baker Diary is a mimeographed typed transcription of originals in the possession of the Marvin Jacobs family of Cabool, Missouri; the Howard Prather family of Liberty, Missouri; the John T. Baker family of Cameron Missouri; and the Charles W. Baker family of Northridge, California. Topics discussed include: the journey to Montana, incidents occurring along the Bozeman Road and Bridger's Cutoff, life in Virginia City, mining and social activities, and the return trip east by way of Fort Benton and the Missouri River. Also included are transcriptions from financial account books kept by Baker during his years in Montana.
 
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Samuel I. Gaskill Wagon Train Log

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Samuel I Gaskill Wagon Train Log consists of an original handwritten log book along with three transcribed versions of Gaskill's diary describing the route taken from Shibley's Point, Missouri to Virginia City, Montana in 1878. The log describes incidents of overland travel, as well as cash book type notations that detail Gaskill's purchases as well as his activities.
 
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Lily Snyder Haynes Correspondence

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Lily Snyder Haynes Correspondence consists of Correspondence 1876-1923, estate papers, diary, scrapbook. The collection is comprised primarily of the letters of F. Jay Haynes to his wife during business trips, providing a private insight into an important 19th century American photography business and concessionaire's businesses in Yellowstone Park and its attendant frustrations. The collection includes a small file of letters to Lily's older sister, Loa Jackson, and a diary which has widely scattered autobiographical entries, most about family matters, husbands travelling, church activity with interleaved summary notes about travel, photography, and business activities in YNP circa 1883-1894. The collection also includes a scrapbook of clippings from Fargo, North Dakota, newspapers consisting of poetry, Haynes advertisements and news items, miscellaneous humor and anecdotes, and descriptions of Yellowstone Park.
 
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Theo Norman Diary Transcription

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Theodore Norman Diary Transcription describes his travel between Missouri and California from 1869-1870, and a portion of his trip from Corinne, Utah to Montana Territory. Also included are accounts and a record of farm production and calves born from about 1870 to 1889.
 
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Henry N. M. Rayner Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Henry N. M. Rayner Papers includes correspondence, miscellaneous documents, diaries, and memorabilia. Materials for this collection were created or collected by Henry Rayner, Mahala Rayner, Lee Rayner, and Mary Rayner. Topics include: travel, home life, health, military service, and day to day farm life.
 
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Martha Roe Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Martha Roe Diary traces Roe's journey from Grinnell Iowa on May 4 to Council Bluffs and the Platte River road. Roe arrived at Fort Laramie on July 2, Platte Bridge Station on July 12, and Independence Rock on July 25, 1864. The diary records routine daily activities and sketchy descriptions of fellow travelers. There is some description of encounters with plains Indians.
 
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Davis Willson Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Davis Willson Papers consist of his diary kept during his journey to Montana in 1866 and newspaper clippings from the Montana Post and other publications that were primarily written by Willson. The diary describes a trip from Canton, NY, to the Penwell Ranch in the Gallatin Valley, May 7 - September 6, 1866. The newspaper clipping topics include Indian activities, descriptions of Bozeman and the upper Yellowstone valley, Montana politics, and national politics during Reconstruction. The papers also include a handwritten letter from S.P. Moore, Acting Surgeon General, Confederate States Army, dated Richmond, Virginia, August 5, 1861, to General Robert E. Lee requesting quinine.
 
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Yellowstone National Park Travel Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Yellowstone National Park Travel Diary describes a girl's Western trip with her father and aunt in 1915. The family's travels took them through St. Paul, Medora, Livingston, Yellowstone National Park, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake and Denver before returning to Chicago. The family spent six days of their trip touring Yellowstone National Park by stagecoach. Descriptions of park features and fellow travelers are brief. Other sites discussed it the diary include the San Francisco World's Fair, the opening of the Panama Canal, and Yosemite National Park.

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