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Journal, between April and November or December 1849

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 21
Identifier: Series Two

Scope and Contents note

From the Series:

A journal and fifteen letters documenting the overland journey of Sarah Wayward Lewis with her husband and family to California in 1849. The Lewis family departed from St. Joseph, Missouri in April, 1849, and the collection contents detail their trip along the Mormon Route, encounters with hostile Native Americans on the Great Plains, privations, hardships, and internal strife among their traveling companions; and their sojourn along the Humboldt and Truckee Rivers prior to their traverse of Donner Pass into the goldfields of California. The correspondence, from Sarah Lewis to her mother, Frances Wayward of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, also provides details about life in a mining camp before Sarah and her children settled in Sacramento in November of the same year.


  • Creation: between April and November or December 1849


Language of Materials

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Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Collection materials are all in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research.


From the Series: 0.25 Linear Feet

From the Series: 4 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the CEPT Archives Repository

City on a Hill MA 03210 United States