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History, Trans-Mississippi American West

This guide cites primary and secondary sources relevant to the history of the United States west of the Mississippi River.

Western migration

Across the plains [electronic resource] : an 1862 journey from Omaha to Oregon / William Smedley: Available online via EBSCO.

American Westward Migration (University of Utah): This exhibit includes diaries and maps by those traveling west in the nineteenth century. Emphasis on Mormon pioneers.

Bound for Idaho : the 1864 trail journal of Julius Merrill / edited by Irving R. Merrill ; foreword by Merle Wells
: Located at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F597 M47 M47 1988.

Dreams to dust : a diary of the California gold rush, 1849-1850 / by Charles Ross Parke ; edited by James E. Davis: Located at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F593 P28 1989.

News of the Plains and Rockies, 1803-1865 : original narratives of overland travel and adventure selected from the Wagner-Camp and Becker bibliography of Western Americana
: Located at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F591 .W67 1996.

Off at sunrise : the overland journal of Charles Glass Gray
: Located at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F593 G73 1976.

On the Santa Fe Trail / edited, and with an introduction by Marc Simmons
: Located at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F786 O6 1986.

This emigrating company : the 1844 Oregon Trail journal of Jacob Hammer: Available at Brooks Library, 3rd floor. Call number: F592 H26 1989.

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846–1869 (Brigham Young University): This collection provides the original writings of 49 voyagers on the Mormon, California, Oregon, and Montana trails. Also included are maps, paintings, and essays.