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Lewis and Clark Expedition: Selected Resources

Lewis and Clark Mapping the West William Clark carried this compass during the expedition.

Information or research assistance regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.


Ambrose, Stephen. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Ambrose, Stephen. Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 1998.

Barth, Gunther. The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Selections from the Journals Arranged by Topic. Boston: Bedford - St. Martin's, 1998.

Bergon, Frank, editor. The Journals of Lewis and Clark (abridged). New York: Viking, 1989.

Betts, Robert B. In Search of York: The Slave Who went to the Pacific with Lewis and Clark. Boulder, CO: Colorado Associated University Press, 1985.

DeVoto, Bernard, editor. The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Duncan, Dayton. Out West: American Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail. New York: Viking Penguin, 1987.

Duncan, Dayton, and Ken Burns. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. New York: Knopf, 1998.

Gass, Patrick. The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Pub. Co., 1997.

Josephy, Alvin M. The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Meyer, Roy W. The Village Indians of the Upper Missouri. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1977.

Moulton, Gary E., editor. The Journals of Lewis and Clark, Vol. 2-10. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 1983-1999.

National Geographic's Guide to the Lewis & Clark Trail. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 1998.

Ronda, James P. Lewis and Clark Among the Indians. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Ronda, James P. editor. Voyages of Discovery: Essays on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press, 1998.

Sprague, Marshall. So Vast, So Beautiful a Land: The Louisiana Purchase. Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 1991.

Wood, W. Raymond, and Thomas D. Thiessen, eds. Early Fur Trade on the Northern Plains: Canadian Traders among the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, 1738-1818. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Natural History/Science

Botkin, Daniel B. Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark. New York: Berkley Publishing, 1995.

Cutright, Paul Russell. Lewis & Clark: Pioneering Naturalists. Reprint. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

Duff, Joseph, and Robert Moseley. Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing, 1989.

Fisher, Ron. "Lewis and Clark: Naturalist-Explorers," National Geographic, No. 4 (October 1998): 76-93.

McNamee, Thomas. The Grizzly Bear. New York: Viking Penguin, 1990.

Audubon Society Staff. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (Western Edition). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Lewis & Clark as Naturalists  In this site, you will be able to follow the Lewis and Clark trail, and discover the flora and fauna as they described it along the way. You can either choose the interactive map, or browse the collection by category. Unless otherwise indicated, the collections you will see are from the National Museum of Natural History, and were not collected by Lewis and Clark.


Ambrose, Stephen. "The Friendship of Lewis and Clark." 74 minute cassette tape. Washington, DC: Voices from the Smithsonian Associates, 1997.

Burns, Ken. "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." 240 minutes color video, PBS Home Video, B#3499. American Lives Film Project, 1997.

Lewis & Clark - Mapping the West

This web site sets the historical stage, features online access to Lewis and Clark maps and other primary resources, and provides related activities and lesson plans.

Friends of Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc., an organization in existence for 30 years. P.O. Box 3434, Great Falls, Montana 59101 or (888) 701-3434. Web site:

National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail web site:

National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council

The council was created to commemorate the journey and legacies of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 2003-2006. Numerous links to national organizations:


Prepared by Herman J. Viola, Curator Emeritus,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

revised 11/03


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