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William Smedley Papers

Identifier: M716

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a 88 page diary (1862-1864), edited 9 page typescript of diary with (1862-1863) of trip from Illinois to the gold fields of the Salmon River region, Oregon and return trip to New York by the steamer "Pacific." Also letter of congratulation to Aaron Gove upon his retirement as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (1904). Collection also available on microfilm (C MSS Mflm120).


  • 1862-1904

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Dr.William Smedley practiced dentistry in Denver from his arrival in 1870 until his death. Born May 4, 1836 in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania; died 1926 in Denver, Colorado and buried at Fairmount Cemetery.


1 envelope (3 items)

1 microfilm reels (35mm)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dr. and Mrs. Giesecke, n.d.


Repository also has diary as published under title: Across the Plains in '62 (C917.8042 S637ac).


Collection includes microfilm Mflm 120.


Original is in fragile condition, use microfilm.

Description rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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Denver CO 80204 United States