Evans Smith McComas papers , 1862-1911

Overview of the Collection

McComas, E. S. (Evans Smith), 1839-1911
Evans Smith McComas papers
1862-1911 (inclusive)
12 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 181
Evans Smith McComas came from Iowa to Oregon to work in the mines in the 1860s. He later owned and edited newspapers. The collection consists of scrapbooks and the McComas diary, 1862-1867, which describes his journey on the overland trip to Oregon.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Evans Smith McComas was born in Ohio. In 1860 he was living in Johnson County, Iowa where he taught school. He came overland to eastern Oregon in 1862 to the mines near Auburn. He tried other means of making a living, but was most successful as newspaper editor, and owned, edited, or contributed to a series of papers in eastern Oregon. He also promoted mines, patent medicines, and real estate.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of the McComas diary, 1862-1867, and includes his account of his overland trip. Songs, speeches, and ballads are transcribed on the final pages. Four scrapbooks contain items written by McComas or of interest to him. A few of the pieces are by or about William Henry McComas, his brother, who came to Oregon in 1872 and was also in the newspaper business. There are also deed and mortgage records. The McComas diary was published in 1954 by the Champoeg Press, Portland, Oregon, under the title, A Journal of Travel.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gold mines and mining--Oregon--Auburn
  • Newspaper editors--Oregon, Eastern
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific

Personal Names

  • McComas, William Henry

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence