The Charley Hershey Papers contain diaries of a young itinerant peddler from Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. Hershey and his brothers canvassed the mining towns in Jasper County and in Kansas. They made a journey down the White River in Arkansas in 1884, and went to California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado in
1886. The collection also includes a fragment of a short story, "Goldeye's Trip to the Hills."