Guide to the Jane Eakin Diary

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Eakin, Jane
Title: Jane Eakin diary
Dates: 1866
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: A 030
Summary: Jane Eakin was a pioneer whose diary describes a trip across the plains from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon in 1866.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Biographical Note

Jane Paul Eakin (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.

Content Description

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).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Jane Eakin diary, A 030, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Related Materials :  

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

Processing Note :  

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.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon
  • Women pioneers--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries

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