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Henry W. Starr diary

 Collection — Folder: S1241
Identifier: S1241

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises 63 typed pages of the diary of Henry W. Starr, written in 1850, which details Starr's experiences travelling across country to join the Calilfornia Gold Rush. His entries include his observations of animals, terrain, camps, weather, food, and people.


  • 1850


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

Henry W. Starr joined the California Gold Rush in 1850, along with several other young men: Benjamin Lamb, C. H. Sharon, William L. Brown, O. McKinsey, Thomas Monley, Levi Alred, Johnathan Whitacre, Burgess Wilcoxen, Jacob Lamb, and Jeremiah Starr. The group started their journey in Richmond, Indiana on April 2, 1850, travelling first to Cincinnati where they were joined by D. Huston. They traveled by steamer to St. Louis, Missouri, where they waited until April 16, 1850 to start the trek along the Oregon Trail. They reached the Sierra Mountains in early September.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/10 by Brittany Kropf.
Henry W. Starr diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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