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Collection Number RG0739.AM
Collection Name RG0739 Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title Samuel Finley Blythe papers
Date or Date Span 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 Frontier & pioneer life
Gold mining
Indians of North America
Newspapers
Printers
Printing
Stagecoaches
Travel
Wagon trains
People Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928
Lockwood, William E.
Search Terms Gallatine River Valley (Montana Territory)
Helena (Montana Territory)
Montana -- Description and travel
Nebraska -- Description and travel
Virginia City (Montana Territory)