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Mrs. S.D. Evans account

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: CB Ev16

Scope and Contents note

Mrs. S.D. Evans' narrative “A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon in 1863” appears to be Evans’s celebratory, “pioneer” reminiscence recounting her migration within the U.S. West. It highlights the difficulties eastern Americans encountered during the early years of white American settlement along the Pacific Coast, such as frequent Indian attacks and premature death (Evans had adopted one of her children who had been left an orphan). This reminiscence also highlights ways that local Native American tribes and nations resisted white American settlement and the changes these newcomers brought with them.

The collection is limited to the Evans’ migration and offers some, though limited, details on her life before and after her move to Douglas County.


  • 1863


Conditions Governing Access note

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Conditions Governing Use note

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 note

Mrs. S.D. Evans lived in Northern California in 1861 when her husband was killed by local Native Americans. Evans moved to Washoe, Nevada, and from there, in 1863, she moved to Douglas County, Oregon. She made the journey accompanied by her two children as well as two other wagon teams. The group survived numerous attacks by Indians along the way. At the successful end of this journey, Evans settled on a farm in Douglas County.


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The S.D. Evans document, “A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon, 1863” is a personal narrative recounting Evans’ move from Nevada to Oregon in 1863.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 92); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.

Related Archival Materials note

Guide to Mrs. S.D. Evans' account
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Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA