University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Eaton, Alcinus Young, 1842-1898
Title: Eaton, Alcinus Young, Diary
Dates: 1871
Abstract: Composed of a typescript, the Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871, chronicles Eaton’s experiences traveling from Carson City, Colorado to Silver City, New Mexico.
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Alcinus Young Eaton (1842-1898) attended Mount Union College in Ohio before receiving his law degree from the Cleveland College of Law in 1870. The following year, he traveled to the Southwest, seeking a drier climate for health reasons and eventually settling in Silver City, New Mexico, where he worked as a newspaper editor and a gold prospector. After moving to Minnesota between 1878 and 1879, Eaton established a law practice in Wright County. In 1887, he was elected to the 25th Minnesota Legislature, serving three successive terms until his retirement in 1894.

Source:

"Eaton, Alcinus Young "A. Y."" Minnesota Legislative Reference Library - Legislators Past and Present. Accessed May 23, 2011. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail.aspx?id=12660.


Scope and Contents

Composed of a typescript, the Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871, chronicles Eaton’s experiences traveling from Carson City, Colorado to Silver City, New Mexico. The diary describes travel conditions, the landscape, and various cultural influences on the region.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Eaton, Alcinus Young, 1842-1898 -- Archives.
Places
Cason City (Colo.) -- Description and travel.
Silver City (N. M.) -- Description and travel.
Southwest, New -- Description and travel.
Southwest, New -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2Q502 Typescript of diary (2 copies), 1871