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1. Zeldin Collection of Journal-Post Glass Negatives Finding Aid Zeldin Collection of Journal-Post Glass Negatives Finding Aid ca1920-1942 (bulk 1928-1938) The 389 black and white negatives originated with the "Kansas City Journal Post" newspaper. The collection also includes 349 8" x 10" black and white photographs. All the images reflect a newspaper's interest...

2. Zebulon Pike's Wandering Explorations Zebulon Pike's Wandering Explorations January/February 2006 Article describes modern travel along the route of Zebulon Pike's 1806-1807 expedition to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. Includes many details of Pike's original explorations in Kansas, Colorado,...

3. Zebulon Pike and American Popular Culture or Has Pike Peaked? Zebulon Pike and American Popular Culture or Has Pike Peaked? Spring 2006 If it weren't for Pike's Peak in Colorado, would anyone today even know the name of Zebulon Pike? It has now been 200 years since Pike's expedition to the West and the author poses the question, has Pike's...

4. Zebulon Pike Zebulon Pike Portraits, photos, and information on Captain Zebulon Montgomery Pike, or Zebulon Pike (ca. 1779-1813), "the discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado" in 1806 and an early western explorer "regarding this...

5. Willian [sic] Gilpin Willian [sic] Gilpin July//1901 Biographical article about William Gilpin, a resident of Independence in the mid-19th century and an author, soldier, explorer, and leading promoter of the West, with a story of his meeting with David...

6. William Sherley William Sherley 1998 Biography and drawing of William Sherley "Old Bill" Williams, or simply Old Bill Williams. He was first an interpreter at Harmony Mission for the Osage Indians in the early 1800s, later becoming practically...

7. William Gordon William Gordon 1972 Chapter of the book about William Gordon, "a surveyor, a clerk, a trader, a trapper, and an Indian affairs officer," supposedly a native of Virginia and War of 1812 veteran, in Saint Louis by 1818 and...

8. William Gilpin and John Wesley Powell William Gilpin and John Wesley Powell 1954 Numerous descriptions of and references to William Gilpin, one of the "two men who would have been worth his [Henry Adams's] attention as a historian" (page 1) in 1868, along with John Wesley Powell, both...

9. William Clark: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman William Clark: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman October//1906 Extensive biographical article about William Clark (1770-1838) of the Lewis and Clark expedition, "soldier, explorer, territorial governor, superintendent of Indian affairs," with genealogy of his Virginia...

10. William Clark's Diary, May, 1826-February, 1831 William Clark's Diary, May, 1826-February, 1831 February, May, August, November//1948 Four-part series that features the diary of William Clark from May, 1826 to February, 1831, when he was Superintendent of Indian Affairs at St. Louis. It includes reproductions of the diary's original...

11. William Bent William Bent May 21, 1905 Photo and chapter of the book about William Bent (1809-1869), a prolific fur trapper, Indian trader, mountain man, and Santa Fe Trail freighter.

12. Wiliam Bent Wiliam Bent June 20, 1905 Photo (of William Bent) and entry about the Bent brothers and their fur trading operations partially under Bent, St. Vrain & Company, the "[l]argest United States business firm in the Southwest." Descriptions...

13. Why Is This Man Forgotten? Why Is This Man Forgotten? March, 2006 Article profiling legendary frontiersman Kit Carson. The author examines the role of publicity and fame in the creation of attitudes toward Carson, both during his lifetime and in the modern era.

14. Who Was Simon Few? Research Request Reveals Archives 'Treasure' Who Was Simon Few? Research Request Reveals Archives 'Treasure' October-December//1983 Biographical article about Simon Few (1810-1882), a "former Independence resident" and steamboat explorer of Siberia in 1870s Russia, originally from Pennsylvania. Photo and description of his career,...

15. Where the River Fits the Song Where the River Fits the Song September//1974 Illustrations (by Karl Bodmer), map, and article about the upper Missouri River, its early explorations by the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian expedition, and its present-day...

16. What I Remember of Virginia Bridger Wachsmann-Hahn What I Remember of Virginia Bridger Wachsmann-Hahn September 1968 Reminiscences about Jim Bridger and his daughter, Virginia Bridger Wachsmann-Hahn, or Virginia Wachsmann, discussing disputes over accuracy of Jim's character and actions, including a 1923 motion picture,...

17. Westward with Dragoons: The Journal of William Clark on His Expedition to Establish Fort Osage, August Westward with Dragoons: The Journal of William Clark on His Expedition to Establish Fort Osage, August 25 to September 22, 1808 1937 Autobiographical sketch of George Champlin Sibley, or George Sibley (1782-1863), chief factor or head of Fort Osage in Jackson County from its opening in 1808 to its closing in 1822. Native of Massachusetts...

18. Western Trail Bibliographies: A Guide to Sources Western Trail Bibliographies: A Guide to Sources Summer//2001 Extensive article about bibliographies and other sources for information on western trails of the United States, with copies of imprints of important examples, etc.

19. Westering Man: The Life of Joseph Walker Westering Man: The Life of Joseph Walker //1983 Illustrations and book about Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876), a prominent western trailblazer and mountain man of Jackson County, Missouri. Native of Tennessee coming to Jackson County...

20. Washington Irving: Travels in Missouri and the South Washington Irving: Travels in Missouri and the South October//1910 Biographical article about Washington Irving, a nationally famous author from New York traveling to Fort Osage, Independence, Missouri, and Indian missions to the west in Kansas Territory in the early...