Samuel Kirk Halliday Journal

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Halliday, Samuel Kirk
Turner, Arnella K., (Arnella Klug), 1917-
Samuel Kirk Halliday journal
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a mimeographed transcription of Halliday's "Journal of a trip on the Missouri River." It is a day-by-day account of his trip taken in 1868 from his home in Fountain Prairie, Wisconsin, to Montana and back again. He traveled by train from his home to St. Louis, Missouri, and from there to Ft. Benton, Montana, by steamboat. While in Montana, he took a side trip by horse from Ft. Benton to Virginia City, Montana. He comments on weather and travel conditions and describes the people, cities, and countryside that he saw. His journal creates a feeling for how it was to live and travel in 1868. He also added some extraneous material to the journal such as a list of his children and their birthrates and some poems. Halliday was born in 1838 and died in 1907.

This journal was transcribed and edited around 1970 by Arnella Turner, Professor of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University, for use in her classes. She excluded a small portion of the journal which covers such items as cash accounts and a summary of his life after he returned from his trip and found a job.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 1976

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  July 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Arnella Turner, 1976-11-29.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of American Thought and Language.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Fort Benton (Mont.)
  • Fountain Prairie (Wis. : Township)
  • Missouri -- Description and travel
  • Missouri -- Social life and customs
  • Montana -- Description and travel
  • Montana -- Social life and customs
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • Wisconsin -- Description and travel
  • Wisconsin -- Social life and customs

Personal Name(s)

  • Turner, Arnella K., (Arnella Klug), 1917-


  • Frontier and pioneer life

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Collection Inventory


Journal of a Trip on the Missouri River 1868