Guide to the William T. Newby papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Newby, William T., 1820-1884
Title: William T. Newby papers
Dates: 1843-1864 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Location of Collection: Collection is located with other small manuscript collections.
Collection Number: A 088
Summary: The William T. Newby Papers contain a variety of information about Newby's overland crossing from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trial in 1843. Newby was a member of the wagon train made famous by Jesse Applegate. The collection provides weather observations, account summaries, and personal experiences of living in and journeying to Oregon from 1843-1864.
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

William T. Newby was an Oregon pioneer of 1843. He settled on a donation land claim in Yamhill County, and founded the town of McMinnville, named after his home town of McMinnville, Tennessee.

Content Description

The diary for May to November 1843 is an account of the plains crossing from Westport, Missouri, to the falls of the Willamette River. Newby came with the wagon train made famous by Jesse Applegate's "A Day with the Cow Column." The overland diary volume includes store accounts prior to 1843, ferriage and other expense accounts to 1857, and weather observations for 1852 to 1853 and 1856 to 1857. The account books for 1861-1864 include inventories, lists of income and expenses, occasional diary entries, and fairly complete weather observations.

The overland diary was published, as edited by Harry N.M. Winton, in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, September 1839.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

The overland diary was published, as edited by Harry N.M. Winton, in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, September 1839.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], William T. Newby papers, A 088, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is contained in two folders, each of which contains two small bound volumes.

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

1 Diary 1843
1 Account Book 1861
2 Account Books 1862-1864


  • Personal Names :
  • Newby, William T., 1820-1884--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • McMinnville (Or.)
  • Yamhill County (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--West (U.S.)
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Account books
    • Diaries
    • Overland journals

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