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Dear Ms. Nolen,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 42 series related to Oregon and railroads in the 1870s in various record groups. We also located 1 series, 27 file units, and 517 items related to the Oregon Trail in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) that might be of interest to you. In addition, we located 18 file units and 53 items related to transcontinental travel in the 1870s and 16 file units and 56 items related to transcontinental transportation in the 1870s in various record groups. Many of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives (NARA) reference unit listed in each Catalog description.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various NARA reference units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.
Next, we searched WorldCat.org and located numerous resources related to 19th-century travel, 19th-century travel AND women, 19th-century transportation AND women, and transcontinental travel AND women that may be useful for your research. We suggest that you contact your local public or university librarian for assistance with these and similar resources. We also suggest that you review historical newspapers like those available from the Library of Congress Chronicling America website for more information about women traveling during the late 19th Century.
Finally, the National Park Service (NPS) provides information online about the Oregon National Historic Trail that may be relevant. We suggest that you contact them, the Oregon State Archives, and the Idaho State Archives for additional assistance.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
This is great! Thanks so much for all the information. SN