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Aaron D. Riker journals, 1852-1971 (bulk 1852-1864).
BANC MSS 2003/160 cz box 1; BANC MSS 2003/160 cz v.1; BANC CPF 293 ; BANC MSS 2003/160 cz ; ...
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Aaron D. Riker journals, 1852-1971 (bulk 1852-1864)
Aaron D. Riker journal to California


Riker, Aaron D. (Aaron Denton), 1830-1914, creator


Peterson, Nancy Henderson.


Contains original journal (107 p.) of Aaron D. Riker's overland journey in 1852 from Champaign County, Ohio to California during the gold rush, his time in California, and his return home the next year via Nicaragua, Also contains color photocopy of Riker's Civil War diary, which describes experiences with his Ohio regiment in such places as Winchester, Front Royal, Fredericksburg, Culpepper, Harper's Ferry, Leesburg, and Fairfax; also describes marching on Atlanta with General Sherman and portrays the burning of Atlanta. Collection includes photocopies of typescript and handwritten transcriptions of both journals and a dissertation by John Page Hoover, "The Journal of Aaron D. Riker" (1932) for Stanford University. Also includes photocopy of printed version of the journal of his brother John F. Riker, documenting the same trip titled "Journal of a trip to California by the Overland Route," typescript transcriptions of correspondence between John F. Riker and his future wife Eliza Lichliter, an article on the history of St. Paris, Ohio, biographical information prepared by Nancy J. Henderson and Riker/Snapp family genealogical information.


1852 (issued)


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Riker, Aaron D. (Aaron Denton) -- 1830-1914 -- Diaries
Riker, John F. (John Ferris) -- 1828-1909 -- Diaries
Riker, Aaron D. (Aaron Denton) -- 1830-1914 -- Portraits
Lichliter, D. E
Lichliter, Eliza
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California
California -- Gold discoveries
Nicaragua -- Description and travel
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Saint Paris (Ohio)


Includes 2 black and white photographs of Aaron D. Riker.
Journals and transcriptions also available on CD-ROM.
Aaron D. Riker journals, BANC MSS 2003/160 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Original Civil War diary in private possession.
Civil War diary photocopy and related materials: Gift; Craig Snapp; 2008.
In English.
Aaron Denton Riker (July 19, 1830-July 25, 1914), his brother John Ferris Riker (Oct. 1, 1828-Apr. 7, 1909), and friend D.E. Lichliter traveled in 1852 from Champaign County, Ohio to California in search of gold. Aaron D. Riker later served in an Ohio regiment during the Civil War.



Physical Description:

1 box, 1 volume (.45 linear feet)
1 CD-ROM : col. ; 4 3/4 in.




BANC MSS 2003/160 cz box 1
BANC MSS 2003/160 cz v.1
BANC MSS 2003/160 cz



Related Item:

Journal of a trip to California by the overland route : Riker, Aaron D. (Aaron Denton), : 1830-1914
Journal of Aaron D. Riker : Hoover, John Page.