Albert Zieber diary and letters , 1850

Overview of the Collection

Zieber, John S.; Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890
Albert Zieber diary and letters
1850 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (1 container)  :  1 folder
Collection Number
A 139
Alfred Zieber (1830-1890) travelled overland from Peoria, Illinois to California. The collection consists of Zieber's diary of his journey, as well as four subsequent letters from his father, John S. Zieber.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
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Eugene OR
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Albert Zieber (1830-1890) was a native of Peoria, Illinois who travelled overland to California in 1850.

Following his journey to California, he moved to Oregon, where he ran the Wheatland Ferry (as Zieber's Ferry) in Marion County from 1857 to 1860.

In 1856, Albert's father John S. Zieber was surveyor general of Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The diary describes Zieber's overland trip to California, March 28 to June 6, 1850, as far as South Pass. Entries describe the weather and daily occurrences on the trail. The first page of the diary is a catalog of provisions purchased for the journey and their cost. Zieber also recorded his wages earned and employers in the back of the diary.

There are four letters from his father, John S. Zieber, written April, June, and October 1850, gossiping about Peoria persons and events. The letters anticipate Zieber Senior's emigration to Oregon in 1851.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Frontier and pioneer life--Illinois--Peoria
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--California--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--California--Diaries
  • Pioneers--Illinois--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Diaries

Personal Names

  • Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890
  • Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890
  • Zieber, John S.

Geographical Names

  • Peoria (Ill.)--Social life and customs--19th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Diaries