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Object ID RG0739.AM
Collection RG0739 Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928
Object Name Personal papers
Extent of Description 1 folder
Title Samuel Finley Blythe papers
Dates of Creation 1866-1869; 1920
Year Range from 1866
Year Range to 1920
Admin/Biographical History Blythe's grandson, George Finley Marlor edited the diaries and recollections.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content The collection consists of an annotated typescript of two diaries kept by Samuel Finley Blythe during his overland trail journey to California (1866-1867) and a memoir written by Blythe in the 1920s. Titled, "Saga of the Prairies," Blythe writes of his journeys from Eaton, Ohio, to the Montana Territory (around Virginia City), and eventually traveling to California. He writes of his travels by wagon train, railroad, stage coach, horse and boat. Some of his writings discuss his service during the Civil War and he mentions several friends, including Henry Kline, Robert Denny, Pliny Crume and William E. Lockwood. He also writes at length about being a printer.
Creator Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928
Other Creators Lockwood, William E.
Marlor, George Finley
Location of Originals Original diaries, etc. are held at the Oregon Historical Society.
Subjects Travel
Frontier & pioneer life
Indians of North America
Printers
Printing
Gold mining
Wagon trains
Stagecoaches
Newspapers
People Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928
Lockwood, William E.
Search Terms Virginia City (Montana Territory)
Helena (Montana Territory)
Gallatine River Valley (Montana Territory)
Nebraska -- Description and travel
Montana -- Description and travel