Guide to the James Akin papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Akin, James
Title: James Akin papers
Dates: 1852-1919 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: A 001
Summary: The James Akin collection contains a diary recording events during the 1852 journey of the Richey, Ingram and Akin families to Oregon. The origins of this diary are unclear, since another James Akin diary is known to exist in the collections of the Wyoming state archives. Also included in the collection are secondary sources relating to the Akin diary and family history.
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

James Akin Jr. travelled to Oregon in 1852 from Iowa with a party of the Richey, Ingram and Akin families. He was born in North Carolina in 1807 and moved to Iowa in 1832. He died in Portland not long after his party reached Oregon in 1852. The origins of this diary are unclear since another James Akin diary is known to exist in the archives of the Wyoming State archives. The text of the diary here appears to be parallel to that of the Wyoming diary, with some small differences.

Content Description

The collection contains the 1852 diary of James Akin, an envelope in which the diary may have been kept, and two items of secondary literature. The first is a University of Oklahoma Bulletin from 1919. This publication presents a transcription of the James Akin Jr. diary; however, based on the text and photographic images contained therein, this publication appears to have been made from the Wyoming diary. The second is a program for a gathering of the "Richey Clan" in 1911. The program contains historical information provided by Frank Akin.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], James Akin Papers, A 001, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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 material 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.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Otis Akin in 1948.

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

James Akin Jr. diary 1852
Envelope (addressed to F. S. Akin) 1910
University of Oklahoma Bulletin June 1, 1919
"Richey Clan" Program August 6, 1911


  • Personal Names :
  • Akin, James--Diaries
  • Family Names :
  • Akin family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--History--To 1859
  • Subject Terms :
  • Oregon National Historic Trail
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--West (U.S.)--Diaries
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries

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