Guide to the Benjamin Franklin Owen journal

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Owen, Benjamin Franklin, 1828-1917
Title: Journal of a trip across the plains from Missouri to Oregon and of a land trip to California, March 31 to October 28, 1853, November 1853
Dates: 1853
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folders)
Location of Collection: Collection is located with other small manuscript collections.
Collection Number: A 093
Summary: Benjamin Franklin Owen (1828-1917) was a pioneer on the overland trail to Oregon. The collection consists of Owen's journal, My Trip Across the Plains, March 31, 1853-October 28, 1853.
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

Benjamin Franklin Owen (1828-1917) was a pioneer on the overland trail to Oregon.

Content Description

Owen's original diary of his travel on the overland trail to Oregon was lost; this account was reconstructed by Owen from his own memories and another diary. Collection includes genealogical information on the Owen family. Benjamin Franklin Owen's party crossed the Cascades near the Three Sisters Mountains, and came down the McKenzie River.

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 & 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 :  

Benjamin Franklin Owen journal, A 093, 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

My Trip Across the Plains
60.0 leaves
Eugene, Or. : Reproduced by Lane County Pioneer-Historical Society, 1959.
March 31, 1853-October 28, 1853

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  • Personal Names :
  • Owen, Benjamin Franklin, 1828-1917--Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--West (U.S.)
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries
    • Overland journals

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