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William H. Frush diary

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 038] 1
Identifier: A 038

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a photocopy of the original Frush diary, held at Yale.

In 1850 Frush traveled from Missouri to Oregon by way of St. Joseph, Blue River, the North Platte, and Fort Laramie, where he met his brother John and Kit Carson. They continued by South Pass, Bear River, Soda Springs, Fort Hall, Fort Boise, the Dalles, and Portland. He records graves, the names and homes of other travelers, and ends his account with events in Oregon. The diary contains drawings of Chimney Rock, Court House Rock, profile of the Snake River, and a map of the Burnt River. (Source: Yale University Library Catalog).


  • Creation: 1850-1851


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 H. Frush was a pioneer who traveled across the plains from Knox County, Missouri to Portland, Oregon in 1850.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



William H. Frush diary of a journey across the plains from Knox County, Missouri to Portland, Oregon in 1850.

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 H. Frush Diary
Preliminary 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