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Jane Eakin diary

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 030] 1
Identifier: A 030

Scope and Contents

The Jane Eakin Diary of a Trip Across the Plains from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon in 1866 consists of nine typed pages from a travel journal that Eakin kept during the summer of 1866 when her family migrated to Oregon from Illinois. Eakin’s entries are brief. They mark the progress of her family’s wagons, note the weather conditions, and recount illnesses her family suffered. Some of Eakin’s references to campsites are specific – such as “stayed in Frog” – but many of them are less specific, such as “camped in a man’s yard.” Consequently, tracing her family’s progress is difficult. Eakin notes when other wagon trains joined them; she mentioned the “Montana train” and her sorrow when they parted company. She also offers observations about other travelers; she said she did not like the Oregon train because the women were “rough, course and ugly” and the men swore. The Eakin family joined other family members who had already settled in Eugene (the McCornack and Pattison families).


  • 1866


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

Jane Eakin (1849-1932), also known as “Jennie”, left Chicago Heights, Illinois, in April 1866 and began a four-month journey by wagon to Eugene, Oregon. She traveled with her family – including her parents, one set of grandparents, and a number of siblings (she mentions five in her diary). Little is known about Eakin’s life before or after her migration to Oregon. She appears to have married later and changed her surname to Hanna.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Jane Eakin was a pioneer whose diary describes a trip across the plains from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon in 1866.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been microfilmed. Microfilm reels are available for purchase, or via Inter-library Loan. When requesting reels for this collection, please request: “Women’s Lives, Series 3, American Women Missionaries and Pioneers Collection, reel(s) 92.”

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Jane Eakin at Special Collections and University Archives include: S.B. Eakin diary, 1866, A 031.

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 Jane Eakin Diary
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team, Amanda Steele, and Chasmodai Cassidy
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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