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Sarah Gilbert White Smith Diary

Identifier: M1628

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a copy of the journal of Mrs. Smith's journey with her husband (and others) from Springfield, Massachusetts. to Waiilatpu, Oregon Territory to join Marcus Whitman in his missionary work (1838-1839). Diary also available on microfilm (C MSS Mflm75).


  • March 10, 1838-September 14, 1839


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Daughter of Alfred and Sarah (Gilbert) White of West Brookfield Massachusettes. Later, wife of Rev. Asa B. Smith. The couple were pioneer Oregon missionaries to the Indians, under appointment of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.


1 envelope

1 microfilm reels (35mm)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lucretia Vaile, Palmer Lake, Colo., 1958.


Repository also has additional information on Sarah Gilbert White Smith: First white women over the Rockies, v. 3; edited by Clifford Merrill Drury (1966. (C979.516 D846fi v.3).


"Copied by her neice [sic], Alice J. White." Original apparently destroyed.


Collection includes microfilm Mflm 75.

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Repository Details

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

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