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The experiences of W.A. Hockett on the Oregon Trail, 1847

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: CB H659

Scope and Contents note

The W.A. Hockett Papers consists of a single manuscript of about seventeen typewritten pages. The manuscript details the events of 1846-1847, when Mr. Hockett and his family made the trek across the Oregon Trail with a company of other settlers from Salem, Iowa. The chronicle is based on letters of Nathan A. Hockett. The papers include an introduction by Mr. Hockett as well as lyrics to the song "I Ain't Dead Yet".


  • 1847


Conditions Governing Access note

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 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

W.A. Hockett was born around 1837 in Salem, Iowa. He was the third of four children. At the age of nine, he and his family joined the Lewelling party which crossed the western plains of the Oregon Trail. On the trail, his father, Nathan H. Hockett, died on August 22, 1847 and his mother, Rebecca Hockett, died on August 27, 1847. W.A. Hockett and his siblings competed the trek to Oregon, arriving in Portland on December 21, 1847. The children were then separated to live with separate families. Mr. Hockett lived with Jacob Reed and his family. In the spring of 1851, Mr. Hockett returned to Iowa by travelling through Panama. He returned to Salem, Iowa on May 21, 1851.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Collection comprises a single manuscript that is W.A. Hockett's personal account of his journey across the Oregon Trail. The manuscript was typed by Hockett in 1914 and discusses events occurring in 1846-1847.

Location note

Collection is located with other small manuscripts collections.

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 Experiences of W.A. Hockett on the Oregon Trail
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Finding aid prepared by Jenny Palm
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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