Idaho Memoirs and Journals of Western Expansion


  • “The Auerbach Collection”  Manuscripts and Other Selections from the Herbert S. Auerbach Collection of Western Americana. RNW 016.978 AUERBAC
  • Webber, Bert. Comprehensive Index to Oregon Trail Diaries. RNW 917.8042 WEBBER
  • Sandeen, Eric J. An Inventory of the Papers of the Lemhi Indian Agency. RNW 016.97 SANDEEN
  • The Oregon-California Trail: Exploration and Emigrant Journeys:  A Guide to First-hand Accounts found in the Boise Public Library Collection. RNW 917.8978 OREGON
  • The Oregon Country Under the Union Jack. RNW 979 P291o
  • O'Brien, Lynne Woods. Plains Indian Autobiographies. Boise State College western writers series ; no. 10. RNW 928 W525 NO. 10
  • Judson, Katharine Berry. Subject index to the history of the Pacific northwest and of Alaska as found in the United States government documents, congressional series, in the American state papers, and in other documents, 1789-1881. RNW 016 J92S
  • Trafzer, Clifford E. Yakima, Palouse, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Wanapum Indians: an Historical Bibliography. R 970.3 NORTHWE TRAFZER 


  • Mullan, John. Miners and travelers' guide to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. RNW 917.9 M98M LOC
  • United States War Department. Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean (Stevens’ Report). RNW 917.8 Un3 


  • Captain Sol. Tetherow:  Wagon Train Master. RNW B T29iL
  • Vaughn, Robert. Then and Now, or 36 Years in the Rockies 1864-1900. RNW 978.6 V46T
  • Fulton, Arabella. Tales of the Trail. RNW B F958
  • The 1854 Oregon Trail Diary of Winfield Scott Ebey. RNW 917.8978 EBEY EBEY
  • Very Close to Trouble:  The Johnny Grant Memoir. RNW 978.687 GRANT GRANT
  • Goulder, W.A. Reminiscences of a Pioneer. RNW B G73R
  • Taylor, Margaret Watson. Memories of a Wagon Trip and Pioneer Life on Weiser Flat. RNW 979.625 TAYLOR TAYLOR
  • Homesteading in the Valley of Park as Told by Edward Swenson. RNW B SW42H
  • Reminiscences of Alexander Toponce Pioneer 1883 – 1923. RNW B T62r
  • Hammer, Jacob. This Emigrating Company. RNW 917.8042 HAMMER HAMMER
  • Diary of Eli Sheldon Glover. October – December, 1875. RNW B G518
  • Ellison, Colonel Idaho. Last of the Breed. RNW B EL59


  • Oliphant, J. Orin (James Orin), 1894-1979. William Emsley Jackson’s Diary of a Cattle Drive from La Grande, Oregon, to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1876. RNW 979 OL3E
  • Shirk, David Lawson, 1844-1928. The Cattle Drives of David Shirk from Texas to the Idaho Mines, 1871 and 1873. RNW 917.8 SH65C LOC


  • Carpenter, Frank D. Adventures in Geyser Land. RNW917.9 C225a
  • The Ashley-Smith Explorations and the Discovery of a Central Route to the Pacific, 1822-1829. RNW 979 D15A
  • Wyeth, J.B. Early Western Travels: Oregon, or, A short history of a long journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the region of the Pacific by Land. RNW 978 EA76
  • Henry R. Wagner's The plains and the Rockies:  A Bibliography of Original Narratives of Travel and Adventure 1800 – 1865. RNW 016.979 W125
  • Journal of Patrick Gass. RNW 978 GASS
  • Parker, Smith. Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains. RNW 979 P22j
  • Palmer, Joel. Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains 1748 – 1846. RNW 979 P18J
  • Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1890. Memoirs of My Life. RNW 979 F88M LOC
  • Townsend, John Kirk, 1809-1851. Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River. RNW 917.9504 TOWNSEN/ RNW 978 EA76
  • Franchere, Gabriel. Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814. RNW 979 F84N2 LOC
  • Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806. RNW 917.8 L58O v. 002-v.008/ Atlas v.1/RNW OV 917.8042 JOURNAL v.01
  • Palmer, Joel, 1810-18. Palmer's Journal of travels over the Rocky Mountains, 1845-1846. RNW 979 P18J
  • Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-'44. RNW 979 F88r
  • The Southwest Expedition of Jedediah S. Smith:  His Personal Account of the Journey to California, 1826-1827. RNW 979 SM61S


  • Clyman, James. Journal of a Mountain Man. RNW 978.02 CLYMAN CLYMAN
  • Hunter, George. Reminiscences of an Old Timer. RNW B H91r Loc
  • Forty Years on the Frontier as Seen in the Journals and Reminiscences of Granville Stuart, Gold-miner, Trader, Merchant, Rancher and Politician. RNW 978.6 ST91F v. 001, v. 002
  • Ross, Alexander. Fur Hunters of the Far West. RNW 917.95 R733F LOC
  • Work, John, 1792-1861. The Snake Country expedition of 1830-1831. RNW 917.95 W892S
  • The Publications of the Hudson’s Bay Record Society. RNW 971.2 H869P v.2 through v.29, v. through v.33/RNW 971.2 H8698P v.30
  • Thompson, David, 1770-1857. Journals Relating to Montana and Adjacent Regions, 1808-1812. RNW 917.86 T372W


  • Whitman, Narcissa. My Journal. RNW 917.8042 WHITMAN
  • Tuttle, Daniel Sylvester. Reminiscences of a Missionary Bishop. RNW 978 T88R LOC
  • Drury, Clifford Merrill. First White Women Over the Rockies. RNW 922 D854DF Loc v.1, 2, 3
  • Smet, Pierre Jean de, 1801-1873. Life, letters, and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean de Smet, S.J. RNW 979 SM3L LOC v. 001, v.002, v.003, v.004
  • Bristol, Sherlock, 1815-1906. The Pioneer Preacher Incidents of Interest, and Experiences in the Author's life, Revival Labors in the Frontier Settlement. RNW B B776 LOC


  • Yellow Wolf:  His Own Story. RNW 970.004 YELLOW
  • Talbot, Ethelbert, D.D., S.T.D. My People of the Plains. RNW B T14m
  • Chief Joseph’s Own Story:  As Told by Chief Joseph in 1879. RNW 970.2 C434
  • Adkison, Norman B. Nez Perce Indian War and Original Stories. RNW 970.2 AD53N LOC


  • Left by the Indians. RNW B F95
  • Nine Years with the Spokane Indians:  the Diary, 1838-1848, of Elkanah Walker. RNW 266 D845n
  • Garcia, Andrew. Tough Trip Through Paradise, 1878-1879. RNW 917.86 G165T
  • Kane, Paul. Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America. RNW 970.1 K13
  • Kelly, Fanny. Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians With a Brief Account of General Sully's Indian Expedition in 1864, Bearing Upon Events Occurring in my Captivity.RNW 970.1 K296 LOC
  • Wilson, E. N. Among the Shoshones. RNW 970.3 SHOSHON WILSON WILSON


  • Extracts From the Military Records of Edward S. Farrow. RNW B F24E
  • Strong, General W.E. A Trip to the Yellowstone National Park in July, August, and September 1875. RNW 917.86 St98t
  • Glisan, Rodney, 1827-1890. Journal of Army Life. RNW 979 G49j
  • McClernand, Edward J. With the Indian and the Buffalo in Montana 1870-1878. RNW 973.82 M132W
  • Hanson, Donna M., editor. Frontier Duty: the Army in Northern Idaho, 1853-1876. RNW 979.698 FRONTIE
  • Zimmer, William Frederick. Frontier Soldier: An Enlisted Man’s Journal of the Sioux and Nez Perce Campaigns, 1877. 973.82 ZIMMER
  • Howard, O. O. My Life and Experiences Among Our Hostile Indians. RNW 970.1 H835M LOC


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