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William Cornell diary

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 021] 1
Identifier: A 021

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a photocopy of the diary describing William Cornell's 1852 crossing of the plains in to Oregon.


  • Creation: 1852


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

William Cornell (1812-1891) was a pioneer and methodist minister who moved from Alexandria, Ohio to the Oregon Territory, establishing a land claim along what would become Cornell Road, in the Cedar Mill suburb of Portland, Oregon.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



William Cornell was a pioneer from Alexandria, Ohio. This collection consist of a copy of his diary that describes his crossing of the plains in 1852 to Oregon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. Emma Royal, Portland, Or, Jan., 1939.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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 William Cornell Diary
Complete 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