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Missouri Fur Company records

Missouri Fur Company

This ledger is part of the papers of William Clark, president of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Fur Company, discovered with the records of the U. S. Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency (Volume 30). The Missouri Fur Company explored the Missouri River region and traded with several Indian tribes. Included are the "Articles of Association of the Missouri Fur Company," dated January 24, 1812, and the meeting minutes and accounts payable/receivable of the Board of Directors. The ledger also contains the signatures of William Clark, Manuel Lisa and several members of the Chouteau family of St. Louis.

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Missouri Fur Company records

Missouri Fur Company

This ledger and letterbook of the Missouri Fur Company are part of the papers of William Clark, a board member of that company. The volume was discovered with the records of the U. S. Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency. Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) served as Indian superintendent for the central superintendency from 1807 until his death in 1838. The page headings read in French: "La Compagny des Fourures du Missoury." The last page of the book includes an entry for July 12, 1817.

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Jedediah Smith

An illustration of Jedediah Smith copied from The Travels of Jedediah Smith by Maurice S. Sullivan. The sketch was made by a friend from memory after Smith's death.

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Ke Kahn [Joseph Napolean Bourassa] to Ne Kahn [Thomas Nesbit Stinson]

Bourassa, Joseph Napolean, 1810-1878

Joseph N. Bourassa, a Pottawatomie Indian who signed this letter with his Indian name of Ke Kahn, wrote to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident and Indian trader who had been adopted by the Shawnee tribe and given the Indian name of Ne Kahn. Bourassa, an interpreter for the Pottawatomie Agency, described difficulties in finding laborers to cut the hay that he had promised to provide to Stinson.

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Jesse Chisholm

A photograph of Jesse Chisholm, an Indian trader, guide and interpreter. He is best known for being the namesake to the Chisholm Trail, which Texas ranchers used to drive their cattle into Kansas and then ship by rail to eastern markets.

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James Baker

Portrait of Jim Baker, an Army scout, trapper and mountain man.

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Jim Bridger

Jim Bridger, a scout for the Army, trapper & mountain man.

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Kit Carson and the Ute Indian Commission

Brady's National Portrait Galleries

D.C. Oakes (upper left), Lafayette Head (upper right), Christopher "Kit" Carson (lower left), and Hiram P. Bennett (lower right).

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Ke Kahn [Joseph Napolean Bourassa] to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Bourassa, Joseph Napolean, 1810-1878

Joseph N. Bourassa, a Pottawatomie Indian who signed this letter with his Indian name of Ke Kahn, wrote to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident and Indian trader. Bourassa, writing from Council Grove, Kansas Territory, described his efforts to recruit musicians and dancers for a New Year's Eve ball.

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Jedediah Smith to Ralph Smith

Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831

This letter is from Jedidiah Strong Smith (1799-1831) to his brother Ralph Smith (1794-1867) who was living in Wayne County, Plaine Township, Ohio at the time the letter was written from St. Louis, Missouri. The letter is written months prior to Jedidiah's death by Comanche Indians on the Santa Fe Trail near the Cimarron River. In the letter, Jedidiah writes about his travels, their Father and his anticipation of receiveing a letter from his family back home soon.

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