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- 2021 History Day
Lewis & Clark
Lewis and Clark
they are looking at the government backing on their expedition, Native American support, assistance, challenges during expeditions, challenges for the success of the expedition
Lewis & Clark Books, Documents, etc.
Books, Documents, etc.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Bernard DeVoto (Editor); Stephen E. Ambrose (Foreword by)
LibGuides: "The Journals of Lewis and Clark are "the first report on the West, on the United States over the hill and beyond the sunset, on the province of the American future" (Bernard DeVoto). In 1803, the great expanse of the Louisiana Purchase was an empty canvas. Keenly aware that the course of the nation's destiny lay westward--and that a "Voyage of Discovery" would be necessary to determine the nature of the frontier--President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and thirty-two men, Lewis mapped rivers, traced the principal waterways to the sea, and established the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept this journal: a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the native tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River, that has become an incomparable contribution to the literature ofexploration and the writing of natural history."
Call Number: Stacks F592.4 1997
Publication Date: 1997-04-30
Letters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with related documents, 1783-1854
Call Number: Stacks F592.7 .J14
Publication Date: 1962
Lewis & Clark in North Dakota by United States. Congress. Senate.
Call Number: online access through our library catalog
An online exhibition of documents relating to the the time spent in what is now North Dakota by American explorer Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and American soldier and explorer William Clark (1770-1838) during the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1801-1803)
Lewis and Clark by Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns
Companion volume to the PBS TV series: Lewis & Clark: the journey of the Corps of Discovery.
LibGuides description: "The companion volume to Ken Burns's PBS documentary film, with more than 150 illustrations, most in full color. In the spring of 1804, at the behest of President oThomas Jefferson, a party of explorers called the Corps of oDiscovery crossed the Mississippi River and started up the Missouri, heading west into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. The expedition, led by two remarkable and utterly different commanders--the brilliant but troubled Meriwether Lewis and his trustworthy, gregarious friend William Clark--was to be the United States' first exploration into unknown spaces. The unlikely crew came from every corner of the young nation: soldiers from New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and Kentucky, French Canadian boatmen, several sons of white fathers and Indian mothers, a slave named York, and eventually a Shoshone Indian woman, Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. Together they would cross the continent, searching for the fabled Northwest Passage that had been the great dream of explorers since the time of Columbus. Along the way they would face incredible hardship, disappointment, and danger; record in their journals hundreds of animals and plants previously unknown to science; encounter a dizzying diversity of Indian cultures; and, most of all, share in one of America's most enduring adventures. Their story may have passed into national mythology, but never before has their experience been rendered as vividly, in words and pictures, as in this marvelous homage by Dayton Duncan. Plentiful excerpts from the journals kept by the two captains and four enlisted men convey the raw emotions, turbulent spirits, and constant surprises of the explorers, who each day confronted the unknown with fresh eyes. An elegant preface by Ken Burns, as well as contributions from Stephen E. Ambrose, William Least Heat-Moon, and Erica Funkhouser, enlarge upon important threads in Duncan's narrative, demonstrating the continued potency of events that took place almost two centuries ago. And a wealth of paintings, photographs, journal sketches, maps, and film images from the PBS documentary lends this historic, nation-redefining milestone a vibrancy and immediacy to which no American will be immune."
Call Number: Stacks F592 .D86 1997
Publication Date: 1997-09-30
The Men of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Charles G. Clarke
LibGuides summary: "Meriwether Lewis and William Clark did not embark on their epic trek across the continent alone-dozens of men and eventually one woman accompanied them. The towering triumph of the Lewis and Clark expedition is due in no small part to the skill and fortitude of such men as Sgt. Charles Floyd, the only expedition member to die; Sgt. Patrick Gass, who lived until 1870, the last surviving member of the expedition; Sgt. Nathaniel Hale Pryor, husband to an Osage woman; and York, Clark's slave, who was freed after the expedition.The men who were instrumental to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition come to life in this volume. Through the aid of a detailed biographical roster and a composite diary of the expedition that highlights the roles and actions of the expedition's members, Charles G. Clarke affords readers precious glimpses of those who have long stood in the shadows of Lewis and Clark. Disagreements and achievements, ailments and addictions, and colorful personalities and daily tasks are all vividly rendered in these pages. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the corps of diverse characters who undertook a remarkable journey across the western half of the continent almost two hundred years ago."
Call Number: Cage F592.7 .C57 1970 Item does not circulate
Publication Date: 1970-01-01
Rivers, edens, empires : Lewis & Clark and the revealing of America by Library of Congress
Call Number: Federal Documents LC 1.2:L 59
Publication Date: 2003?]
There is also a link to the exhibit in the section for "Other Institutions"
Sacajawea : a guide and interpreter of the Lewis and Clark expedition : with an account of the travels of Toussaint Charbonneau, and of Jean Baptiste, the expedition papoose by Hebard, Grace Raymond
Call Number: Cage F592.7 .S123 H43 1933 Item does not circulate
Publication Date: 1933
Three Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806 by Edward Carlos Carter; American Philosophical Society Staff
Call Number: Stacks F592.4 2000b
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
LibGiodes description: "The Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-06 was the greatest act of exploration in the history of the U.S. This historic enterprise explored the Western U.S. along a route beginning near St. Louis & traveled up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River & had several return routes. Pres. Thomas Jefferson planned the enterprise, assisted by members of the nation's first & most distinguished learned society, The Amer. Philosophical Soc. (APS). This set, issued by the APS, includes 3 facsimile vol. from the Expedition. Codices: Codex A -- Clark, Jrnl, 5/13/04-8/14/04; Codex E -- Lewis, Jrnl. 5/24/05-7/16/05; & Codex J -- Lewis, Jrnl., 1/1/06-3/20/06. Includes a 30-page introduction. Unique!"
The U.S. Army and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Call Number: Federal Documents D 114.2:L 58/2003 and online through our library catalog
Publication Date: [2003?]
Online through our library catalog - several options available. Earlier edition also available in our federal documents collection.
Lewis & Clark Other Institutions
Library of Congress
Free to Use and Reuse: Maps of Discovery and Exploration (LOC)
Library of Congress (LOC) Blog. January 13, 2020 by Neely Tucker. Discusses maps available online, and mentions Lewis and Clark.
Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America - subsection (LOC)
Library of Congress (LOC) exhibit on Lewis and Clark expedition site: "This part of the exhibition presents five areas where Lewis and Clark's ideas and values are compared with those of native people. Sometimes the similarities are striking; other times the differences stand as a reminder of future conflicts and misunderstandings."
Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America (LOC)
Library has exhibit book at Federal Documents LC 1.2:L 59
Library of Congress (LOC) site: "On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Fort Mandan for points west, beginning the process of "filling in the canvas" of America. This exhibition features the Library's rich collections of exploration material documenting the quest to connect the East and the West by means of a waterway passage."
Lewis and Clark: Natural History Discoveries (LOC)
Library of Congress (LOC) research guide: "In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their historic 8,000-mile exploration of the lands comprising the Louisiana Purchase. This guide lists books, articles and online resources useful for researching their many natural history discoveries."
Lewis & Clark Databases
These are suggestions, other databases may also have useful information.
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