Schanzer, Rosalyn. HOW WE CROSSED THE WEST: THE ADVENTURES OF LEWIS & CLARK. National Geographic Society, 1997. Easily my favorite children's book about the journey, Schanzer combines journal excerpts with delightful illustrations. Scholastic also publishes a version.


Blumberg, Rhoda. WHAT'S THE DEAL: JEFFERSON, NAPOLEAN AND THE LOUSIANA PURCHASE. National Geographic Society, 1998. Meant for kids, but this is where I go when I need information about the Purchase.

Bruchac, Joseph. SACAJAWEA. New York: Silver Whistle, 2000. The expedition from Sacajawea and Clark's points of view.


Ambrose, Stephen E. UNDAUNTED COURAGE: MERIWETHER LEWIS, THOMAS JEFFERSON, AND THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN WEST. New York: Touchstone, 1997 (reprint). The best overview of the voyage. If you only read one Lewis and Clark book, read this one.

Jones, Landon Y. THE ESSENTIAL LEWIS & CLARK. New York: Ecco Press, 2000. A concise abridgement of the epic journals of the expedition, emphasizing the story-line of the journey. For the unabridged version, see the recently completed Moulton edition of the journals, cited below.


Jackson, Donald., ed. LETTERS OF THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION WITH RELATED DOCUMENTS, 1783-1854. 2 vols. 2nd ed. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1979. Fascinating letters and documents from many parties concerned with the journey.

Moulton, Gary E., ed. THE JOURNALS OF THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION. 13 vols. Lincoln:University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001. Most recent unabridged version of the journals. A monumental work, now in paperback! And — even better — you can search through them on the website.

Ronda, James P. LEWIS AND CLARK AMONG THE INDIANS. London: U of Nebraska P, 1985. Ronda's book is the best place to start to get a sense of the locals' view of the expedition.

Tubbs, Stephanie Ambrose and Clay S. Jenkinson. THE LEWIS AND CLARK COMPANION: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC GUIDE TO THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. With this book and the journals, you too can pretend to be expert on all things Lewis & Clark.


Nute, Grace Lee. THE VOYAGEUR. This is the best overall source of information about the French Canadian rivermen.

McDermott, John Francis. A GLOSSARY OF MISSISSIPPI VALLEY FRENCH 1673-1850. Washington University Studies. New Series. Language and Literature. No. 2. St. Louis: Washington University, 1941.

Thorne, Tanis. THE MANY HANDS OF MY RELATIONS: FRENCH AND INDIANS ON THE LOWER MISSOURI. Columbia: U of Missouri Press, 1996. Great for getting inside Cruzatte's head.

Gilman, Carolyn. WHERE TWO WORLDS MEET: THE GREAT LAKES FUR TRADE. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1982.

(the journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation)

Cooper, Nancy J. "A Remedial Researcher's Pursuit of a Fiddling Founding Father," May 1995.

Gildea, Hugh "Tracking Down the Trump: Jaw Harp Speculative Second Fiddle in the Expedition's Musical Ensemble," May 1999.

Hunt, Robert R. "Merry to the Fiddle: The Musical Amusement of the Lewis and Clark Party," November 1988.

Mussulman, Joseph A. "The Greatest Harmoney: 'Meddicine Songs' on the Lewis and Clark Trail," August 1997.

Mussulman, Joseph A. "Soundscapes The Sonic Dimensions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition," November 1995.

Olds, Sara V. "Music of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: On the Trail with Violin in Hand," November 2010.

Siehl, A. Fraser. "The Eyes of 'St. Peter,'" November 2007

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