Guide to Mrs. S.D. Evans' Account of a Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon, 1863

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Evans, S. D., Mrs.
Title: A trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon
Dates: 1863
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 folder)
Location of Collection: Collection is located with other small manuscripts collections.
Collection Number: CB Ev16
Summary: The S.D. Evans document, “A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon, 1863” is a personal narrative recounting Evans’ move from Nevada to Oregon in 1863.
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

Mrs. S.D. Evans lived in Northern California in 1861 when her husband was killed by local Native Americans. Evans moved to Washoe, Nevada, and from there, in 1863, she moved to Douglas County, Oregon. She made the journey accompanied by her two children as well as two other wagon teams. The group survived numerous attacks by Indians along the way. At the successful end of this journey, Evans settled on a farm in Douglas County.

Content Description

Mrs. S.D. Evans' narrative “A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon in 1863” appears to be Evans’s celebratory, “pioneer” reminiscence recounting her migration within the U.S. West. It highlights the difficulties eastern Americans encountered during the early years of white American settlement along the Pacific Coast, such as frequent Indian attacks and premature death (Evans had adopted one of her children who had been left an orphan). This reminiscence also highlights ways that local Native American tribes and nations resisted white American settlement and the changes these newcomers brought with them.

The collection is limited to the Evans’ migration and offers some, though limited, details on her life before and after her move to Douglas County.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

Available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 92); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.

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 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.

Preferred Citation :  

Evans, S.D. A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon, 1863, CB Ev16, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 A Trip from Washoe, Nevada to Douglas County, Oregon in 1863 Undated


  • Personal Names :
  • Evans, S. D., Mrs.--Travel
  • Geographical Names :
  • Douglas County (Or.)
  • Nevada--Description and travel
  • Oregon--Description and travel
  • Roseburg (Or.)
  • Washoe County (Nev.)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Reminiscences

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