Scope and Content
Title: Henry L. Oak 1874 Diary and Biography
Identifier/Call Number: MS.564
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material:
0.25 linear feet
Date: 1874, undated
This collection includes a diary of trip to the missions of Southern California by Henry Lebbeus Oak and biography of Oak
by Henry R. Wagner.
Oak, Henry Lebbeus, 1844-1905
Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957
Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Final processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing
Archivist, 2012 October 5, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions
The diary was published by the Southwest Museum in 1981
A visit to the missions of Southern California in February and March 1874 / by Henry L. Oak ; introduction by Henry R. Wagner
; edited by Ruth Frey Axe, Edwin H. Carpenter, Norman Neuerburg.
Henry Lebbeus Oak (1844, May 13 to 1905, May 20) was born in Penobscot County, Maine. He emigrated to California, and in early
1869, Oak became Librarian of the Bancroft Library of San Francisco, a position he held for 18 years, until 1887. Upon retirement,
he settled at Siegler Springs, CA, where he built a cabin & lived there the rest of his life, spending much of his time and
money writing his family genealogical record.
Scope and Content
This collection includes an 1874 diary of trip to the missions of Southern California by Henry Lebbeus Oak and a biography
of Oak by Henry R. Wagner. The diary is a ruled notebook bound in leather cover with 155 hand-written pages. This collection
also contains a carbon copy of a typewritten copy of the original journal.
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Henry L. Oak 1874 Diary and Biography, 1874, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.564; [folder number] [folder title][date].
Subjects and Indexing Terms
A visit to the missions of Southern California in February and March 1874
California -- History
Historic buildings -- California
Missions -- California
Spanish mission buildings -- California