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Manuscript Collection: Gold Rush Diary

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1 item
Period covered: 1849
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: A carefully typed 15-page diary with no indication as to its author, this is probably a transcript of the author's account of an expedition from Fort Smith, Arkansas, headed toward California, but in this journal, reaching only Santa Fe, New Mexico. The time recorded is from March 26 to May 29, 1849.
A Captain Ebbets was evidently in charge of the expedition and it appears that it was called the Knickerbocker Company. Some of the names mentioned are Lamson, Wilson, Ford, Banck, and Goulding. The writer does not approve of ox teams for such journeys; he claims that mules are much better.

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
Gold Rush Diary, Folder 1 Transcript titled "Extract from California Diary" describing the journey from Fort Smith to Santa Fe

The excerpt was written by Phineas U. Blunt, a member of the Knickerbocker Exploring Company en route to the gold fields in California.
Folder 1

March 26 - May 29, 1849