Guide to the Albert Zieber Diary and Letters

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890Zieber, John S.
Title: Albert Zieber diary and letters
Dates: 1850
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: A 139
Summary: Alfred Zieber (1830-1890) travelled overland from Peoria, Illinois to California. The collection consists of Zieber's diary of his journey, as well as four subsequent letters from his father, John S. Zieber.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content Description

The diary describes Zieber's overland trip to California, March 28 to June 6, 1850, as far as South Pass. Entries describe the weather and daily occurrences on the trail. The first page of the diary is a catalog of provisions purchased for the journey and their cost. Zieber also recorded his wages earned and employers in the back of the diary.

There are four letters from his father, John S. Zieber, written April, June, and October 1850, gossiping about Peoria persons and events. The letters anticipate Zieber Senior's emigration to Oregon in 1851.

Historical Note

Albert Zieber (1830-1890) was a native of Peoria, Illinois who travelled overland to California in 1850.

Following his journey to California, he moved to Oregon, where he ran the Wheatland Ferry (as Zieber's Ferry) in Marion County from 1857 to 1860.

In 1856, Albert's father John S. Zieber was surveyor general of Oregon.

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 :  

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Albert Zieber diary and letters, A 139, 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.


  • Personal Names :
  • Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890--Correspondence
  • Zieber, Albert, 1830-1890--Diaries
  • Zieber, John S.--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Peoria (Ill.)--Social life and customs--19th century
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Illinois--Peoria
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers--California--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--California--Diaries
  • Pioneers--Illinois--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Diaries
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Diaries

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