Benjamin Dailey Diary, 1866 July 26-1866 September 9

Overview of the Collection

Dailey, Benjamin, 1830-1884
Benjamin Dailey Diary
1866 July 26-1866 September 9
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 326, MtBC, us (collection)
The Benjamin Dailey Diary is a photocopy of a typed transcription taken from the original, July 26-September, 1866, whose location is unknown.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Benjamin Dailey was a Montana pioneer who traveled west in 1866. He probably started his trip along the Platte River Road before turning north with his party along the Bozeman Road on July 26, 1866. Dailey recorded the party's progress with lengthy entries that give detailed description of the countryside, Indian rumors, encounters with soldiers, and other incidents along the trail. The Dailey party arrived in Virginia City on September 8, 1866.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Benjamin Dailey diary is a photocopy of a typed transcription taken from the original whose location is unknown. An additional copy of the diary, containing entries beyond 1866, is located at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

A photocopied typed transcription of the Benjamin Dailey diary was donated to Special Collections by Louise Merrilies of Butte, Montana on August 24, 1965.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 February 5

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana
  • Pioneers-Montana-Diaries

Geographical Names

  • Bozeman Trail

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries-Montana