Over thirty volumes of rare manuscripts that describe encounters with Native Americans and the social and economic conditions in the middle and far West during the period of early American settlement.
John James Audubon's Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds all reproduced from hand-engraved plates. A few of the birds depicted in the book are now extinct.
For eight years (1832-1839), George Catlin ventured among the Native Americans of the North American plains. Through his paintings and letters, Catlin was able to capture the traditions and customs of various North American tribes, becoming an invaluable historic and ethnographic study of America’s West.
Samuel de Champlain was a French explorer who is most known as the founder of Quebec and New France. Browse through his personal writings and letters that illustrate his exploration to and throughout North America in the early 17th Century.