During the early 1800s and through the early 1900s, there were multiple migration booms within the United States as new states and territories were established and the nation expanded. Women joined their husbands and children in an attempt to create a life in a new place, visit relatives, or simply see the sights. As a Western-focused archive, Special Collections contains many materials that focus on Western history. These travel materials include scrapbooks, photographs, and diaries that help illustrate women's journeys.
Fletcher's collection includes transcribed letters and a diary regarding her travel from New York to the Montana Territory in the mid-1800s. Her diary covers her travels on train, steamboat, and overland on the Platte River Road and the Bozeman Trail.
This collection is composed of a reminiscence about the Rowland family's travels in 1899 and 1900 from Nebraska to Montana. The reminiscence contains a few details on the family's fellow travelers along their route. The collection also includes details of Adelaska Rowland's later life.
Among other materials, the White Papers include a diary in which Sarah B. Tracy details her journey to Montana from Illinois by train, steamboat, and wagon. Literary productions within the collection discuss this trip further as well as detailing trips through Yellowstone National Park.
In 1865, the Raymond family traveled from Missouri to Virginia City by wagon train. Sarah kept a diary of the trip, which was later published as "Days on the Road" in 1902. The collection contains this diary and miscellaneous other papers, including letters, newspaper articles, a stallion catalog, and photographs.
This collection is a combined transcription and genealogy essay. Along other materials, it contains a lengthy letter by Flora Baker Gardner detailing the Gardner family's trip from Missouri to Montana both by steamboat and by wagon teams.
Martha's diary illustrates her journey from Grinnell, Iowa to Council Bluffs and the Platte River road. Her travels ended in Bannock, Montana Territory. The diary includes routine daily activities and descriptions of fellow travelers, as well as encounters with Plains Indians.
Musser, a Utah state senator, details her journey with her family through Montana, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. Of note are her descriptions of Yellowstone, in which she details an encounter with a mother bear and her cubs.
The Stowe autobiography consists of a large handwritten manuscript composed by Charlotte and a smaller typewritten manuscript with handwritten addendums. In this manuscript, Charlotte tells the story of her life. Of note is her long overland journey to Bozeman from New York.
Among a variety of other materials, the White Papers include a diary detailing Sarah J. Tracy's journey from Illinois to Montana by train, steamboat, and wagon.
The O'Neil Collection contains a typed transcription of a reminiscence composed by O'Neill about her wagon journey from Omaha, Nebraska to Virginia City, Montana Territory. The reminiscence also includes details and photographs of O'Neil's later life in Virginia City and Diamond County.
This collection details Carpenter's automobile journey from Vermont to California and back with her mother, Mrs. Angie Taylor, and Miss Ruth Whitney. Topics of the diary include a brief stay in Yellowstone National Park, impressions on the countryside and accommodations, and information on fellow travelers.
The Thatcher collection contains two different scrapbooks. One deals with Montana pioneers, while the other is a detailed account of the Montana Centennial train and its journey. This second scrapbook contains newspaper articles, memorabilia, and passenger lists collected and assembled by Thatcher.
Among other materials, the Hunter Papers include a handwritten reminiscence by Susan C. Hunter regarding the family's journey to Montana Territory and early residence in Virginia City. This family took the Bozeman Trail to Virginia City in 1864.