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Abel D. Helman papers

Identifier: A 048

Scope and Contents note

Collection consists of a typed copy of a diary and expense account of a voyage to California in 1850, and to Oregon in 1851; expense account of an overland trip from Oregon to Ohio and return, 1853; a diary, Oct. 7, 1858-April 11, 1859, Feb. 1, 1883-July 30, 1892; a table of weather data, Ashland, Or., Feb. 1, 1883-July 31, 1892. There is a photostat copy of the journal of the Mountain Rangers, Company A, 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade, Oregon Militia, 1863-1866. The Rangers were a marching and social organization. The originals of the Helman papers are privately owned.


  • 1850-1892


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

Abel Helman was born of April 10, 1824 in Ohio. On October 23, 1849, he married Martha Jane Helman, who was born March 3, 1826 in Pennsylvania. The couple had 8 children. In 1850, Martha and Abel made the overland trek from Ohio to California then later Oregon. The family eventually settled in Jackson County, Oregon.


0.1 linear feet (4 containers) : 4 folders

Language of Materials



The Abel Helman Papers comprise four folders that include a diary of Helman's overland trip from Ohio to California, a list of travel expenses, detailed description of weather reports of Ashland, Oregon, and a photostat copy of the journal of the Mountain Rangers from 1863 to 1866.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into four folders by subject matter of material: personal journals, weather records, and Ranger journals.

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 Abel D. Helman Papers
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Finding aid prepared by Jenny Palm
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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