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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...
Zebulon Pike's Wandering Explorations
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,...
Zebulon Pike and American Popular Culture or Has Pike Peaked?
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...
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...
Willian [sic] Gilpin
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...
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...
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...
William Gilpin and John Wesley Powell
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...
William Clark: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman
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...
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...
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.
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...
Why Is This Man Forgotten?
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.
Who Was Simon Few? Research Request Reveals Archives 'Treasure'
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,...
Where the River Fits the Song
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...
What I Remember of Virginia Bridger Wachsmann-Hahn
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,...
Westward with Dragoons: The Journal of William Clark on His Expedition to Establish Fort Osage, August 25 to September 22, 1808
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...
Western Trail Bibliographies: A Guide to Sources
Extensive article about bibliographies and other sources for information on western trails of the United States, with copies of imprints of important examples, etc.
Westering Man: The Life of Joseph Walker
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...
Washington Irving: Travels in Missouri and the South
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...
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