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David Lawson Shirk diary

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 110] 1
Identifier: A 110

Scope and Contents

The collections consists of one bound trail diary and an unbound manuscript of David Shirk's autobiography. The 1873 diary records Shirk's cattle drive from Texas, April to October. The autobiography, written in 1920, covers the major events of Shirk's career. In 1956, the Champoeg Press, Portland, Oregon published Shirk’s autobiography under the title "The Cattle Drives of David Shirk".


  • 1873-1920


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

David Shirk (1844-1928) was born in Park County, Indiana. He moved with his parents to Will County, Illinois in 1855. In 1866, he went west to seek his fortune. He traveled overland to Silver City, Idaho, and worked for ranchers in the area, particularly George T. Miller. In addition to the materials in this collection, Shirk kept a diary of his 1871 cattle drive, but it has not survived.


0.25 linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



David Shirk (1844-1928)was a pioneer and cattle worker. The collections consists of one bound trail diary and an unbound manuscript of David Shirk's autobiography.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Related Materials

Related collections: David Lawson Shirk Papers,1844-1928 (CB Sh65); Lila Lawson Shirk Letter, 1956 Jan. 22 (SFM 019).

Guide to the David Lawson Shirk diary
Preliminary Description
University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team, Amanda Steele, and Chasmodai Cassidy
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA