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Diary of an Unknown Scout

 Collection
Identifier: NC306
Copy of a diary kept by an anonymous author on a journey from St. Joseph to Cedarville, California by way of the Humboldt and Carson Rivers in Nevada. Also included are letters, 1938-1966 from Ralph L. Phelps and Dale L. Morgan regarding the provenance of the diary and geographical details, and a typescript by Phelps.

Dates

  • 1854; 1938-1966

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (5 items)

Abstract

Copy of a diary kept by an anonymous author on a journey from St. Joseph to Cedarville, California by way of the Humboldt and Carson Rivers in Nevada. Also included are letters, 1938-1966 from Ralph L. Phelps and Dale L. Morgan regarding the provenance of the diary and geographical details, and a typescript by Phelps.

Biographical Note

Unidentified overland emigrant (but probably not a scout) who journeyed from St. Louis, Missouri to California in 1854.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Ownership and Custodial History

The original diary was found by Mrs. Matt McGurk between old walls of the fire house on B Street in Virginia City, Nevada, circa 1938. It was copied and transcribed by Phelps, who gave copies to the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Bancroft Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ralph L. Phelps in 1938 and transferred to Special Collections Department circa 1965.

Location of Originals

Original in private possession. Duplicates of photostat copy at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Bibliographic References

Abstract published by,Hutcheson, Austin. Pacific historical review, December 1944.
Reproduction Note In part, positive photostat copy and typescript.
Title
Guide to the Diary of an Unknown Scout
Status
completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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