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James Akin papers

Identifier: A 001

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the 1852 diary of James Akin, an envelope in which the diary may have been kept, and two items of secondary literature. The first is a University of Oklahoma Bulletin from 1919. This publication presents a transcription of the James Akin Jr. diary; however, based on the text and photographic images contained therein, this publication appears to have been made from the Wyoming diary. The second is a program for a gathering of the "Richey Clan" in 1911. The program contains historical information provided by Frank Akin.


  • Creation: 1852-1919


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

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

James Akin Jr. travelled to Oregon in 1852 from Iowa with a party of the Richey, Ingram and Akin families. He was born in North Carolina in 1807 and moved to Iowa in 1832. He died in Portland not long after his party reached Oregon in 1852. The origins of this diary are unclear since another James Akin diary is known to exist in the archives of the Wyoming State archives. The text of the diary here appears to be parallel to that of the Wyoming diary, with some small differences.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



The James Akin collection contains a diary recording events during the 1852 journey of the Richey, Ingram and Akin families to Oregon. The origins of this diary are unclear, since another James Akin diary is known to exist in the collections of the Wyoming state archives. Also included in the collection are secondary sources relating to the Akin diary and family history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Otis Akin in 1948.

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.


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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
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