Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Luzern Humphrey Papers, 1852-1854

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of various materials relating to Humphrey's overland journey from Kanesville, Iowa, to the Oregon Territory in 1852, his life there through 1853, and his return to Iowa in 1854. These include journals and diaries, notes, account books, translations of Walla Walla and Nez Perce words, and letters to his wife, Harriet Jane Humphrey. Among the places mentioned are Council Bluffs, Fairfield, and Iowa City in Iowa; Canyonville, Fort Dalles, Grave Creek Valley, Knox Butte, Milwaukie, and Willamette Forks in the Oregon Territory; and Scotts Bluff, Fort Hall, and Fort Laramie along the Oregon Trail. Part of his correspondence is devoted to his efforts to publish his own guide to the journey.

Materials from this series are available online.


Materials are arranged by document type.

Collection History

Custodial History

The manuscript journal (2 parts), previously part of the Rollins Collection and catalogued as C0199 (no. 534), has been integrated into this collection.


No material was separated during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on September 29, 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney on September 30, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012. Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in September 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Luzern Humphrey Papers; Luzern Humphrey Collection, C1353, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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