Contents and Arrangement

Silas Patterson Letters to Robert Patterson, 1865 February 9-August 24

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Two letters from Silas Patterson to his brother Robert Patterson in Washington County, Pennsylvania, during Silas Patterson's emigration west. The letters are written from Rock Bluff, Nebraska, on February 9, 1865, and Bitter Creek, Wyoming, on August 24, 1865. The letters recount Patterson's travels via Steubenville, Ohio; Rochester, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; St. Joseph, Missouri; Nebraska City and Rock Bluff, Nebraska; and Bridger Pass, Laramie, and Bitter Creek, Wyoming, towards Salt Lake City, Utah. Patterson's letters describe multiple violent encounters with Native Americans in Wyoming, the physical condition of various members of his party, and harsh environmental conditions.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.

Collection History


AM 2018-37


No materials were removed during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in April 2013. Finding aid written by John Delaney in April 2013.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in June 2016 and by Kelly Bolding in October 2016, August 2017, November 2017, November 2018, January 2019, July 2019, September 2019, November 2019, January 2020, and February 2020.

No additions will be made to this collection. Accessions relating to this topic will be added to the General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140).

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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:

Silas Patterson Letters to Robert Patterson; Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Miscellaneous Manuscripts, C1446, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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