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Andrew S. McClure journal

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 074-075] 1
Identifier: A 074

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two identical typewritten transcriptions of Andrew McClure's travel journal, along with a brief historical note of unknown authorship.

One of the copies includes a handwritten annotation relaying information given by one Agnes McClean in June of 1942 about McClure's deteriorated mental and physical condition in October of 1853, when the journal abruptly ends.


  • 1853-1942
  • Majority of material found in 1853 - 1853


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Collection is open to the public.

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Biographical / Historical

Andrew S. McClure was born May 3, 1829 in Darwin, Indiana. He died March 21, 1898 in Eugene, Oregon.

In 1853, during his journey across the plains from Kansas to Oregon, McClure and a small group of companions left their wagon train in order to obtain assistance. This little party crossed the Cascade range in the neighborhood of the "Three Sisters" mountains, following the south bank of the McKenzie river and emerging at the "High Banks" of the river. During the journey, members of this advanced party lost their way, were forced to abandon their horses, and narrowly escaped death from starvation and privation.

The original wagon train eventually reached the Willamette Valley by way of the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road, arriving at their destination prior to McClure's advance party.


0.1 linear feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



Andrew S. McClure (1829-1898) traveled from Kansas to Oregon in 1853. The collection consists of two typed transcriptions of his journal, chronicling that journey.

Physical Description

2 folders

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Andrew S. McClure Journal
Preliminary Description
Austin Munsell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA