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William W. Thumser collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1148

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 12 monthly pocket diaries that William W. Thumser used to record his experiences while traveling the "All-Canadian Route" to the Klondike Gold Rush. His diary entries begin with his departure from Athabasca Landing on May 2, 1898 and continue daily as he describes his travels on the Slave, MacKenzie, and Rat Rivers, wintering at Shacktown, and ends at his camp near Bell City on April 30, 1899. He describes the rain, snow, and bitter cold weather; mosquitos, bear encounters, fishing, hunting, and caching goods; camp activities, fellow travelers, and his medical assistance to those who fell ill; and relates a poem and song about Shacktown. The collection also includes 3 copies of a typed transcription of the diaries, a small news clipping about the trip (October, 1898), and a February 21, 1899 handwritten receipt given to Thumser while in the Klondike.


  • 1898-1899


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William W. Thumser was born September 2, 1860 to Christian and Barbara Reinhardt Thumser. He was a druggist in Chicago and he passed away at the age of 58 on June 20, 1919.


Information within collection. "Wm. Thumser." Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947. Accessed September 21, 2016.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from C.D. Schreiber.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/26 by Laura Eliason.
William W. Thumser collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.