Guide to The Experiences of W.A. Hockett on the Oregon Trail

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hockett, W. A., 1837-
Title: The experiences of W.A. Hockett on the Oregon Trail, 1847
Dates: 1847
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Location of Collection: Collection is located with other small manuscripts collections.
Collection Number: CB H659
Summary: Collection comprises a single manuscript that is W.A. Hockett's personal account of his journey across the Oregon Trail. The manuscript was typed by Hockett in 1914 and discusses events occurring in 1846-1847.
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. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

W.A. Hockett was born around 1837 in Salem, Iowa. He was the third of four children. At the age of nine, he and his family joined the Lewelling party which crossed the western plains of the Oregon Trail. On the trail, his father, Nathan H. Hockett, died on August 22, 1847 and his mother, Rebecca Hockett, died on August 27, 1847. W.A. Hockett and his siblings competed the trek to Oregon, arriving in Portland on December 21, 1847. The children were then separated to live with separate families. Mr. Hockett lived with Jacob Reed and his family. In the spring of 1851, Mr. Hockett returned to Iowa by travelling through Panama. He returned to Salem, Iowa on May 21, 1851.

Content Description

The W.A. Hockett Papers consists of a single manuscript of about seventeen typewritten pages. The manuscript details the events of 1846-1847, when Mr. Hockett and his family made the trek across the Oregon Trail with a company of other settlers from Salem, Iowa. The chronicle is based on letters of Nathan A. Hockett. The papers include an introduction by Mr. Hockett as well as lyrics to the song "I Ain't Dead Yet".

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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Preferred Citation :  

Hockett, W. A. Experiences of W.A. Hockett on the Oregon Trail, 1847, CB H659, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Experiences [...] on the Oregon Trail 1847


  • Personal Names :
  • Hockett, Nathan A.
  • Hockett, W. A., 1837---Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon National Historic Trail
  • Subject Terms :
  • Lewelling Party
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--West (U.S.)

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