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Sevey, Samuel Jr. (Mss. C S) - p. 1.jpg
Sevey reports to his uncle on health, education, business, hunting, family and steamboats from both a personal and general perspective. Speaks specifically of personal business and profits, number of steamboats built in town and misfortunes and death…

Letter - Mss. A T238d 18.jpg
A letter of 15 November 1834 from Richard Taylor to Edmund Taylor describing the escape of John Taylor and an enslaved man named Toney from the steamboat accident involving the Missouri Belle and Boones Lick.

Mss CM -McNaughtan1840 Canal and Bridge.JPG
Letter to John Brunton. On page 1 is a unique pencil sketch of the Louisville waterfront, head of the Portland Canal, and the steamboat Louisville drawn and described by McNaughtan.

Mss. C W - SS Elk-Wigglesworth056.jpg
Letter from Samuel Wigglesworth, a physician from Boston, to his father Thomas Wigglesworth of Boston, written at Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, on board Steamer "Elk" near Louisville and St. Louis. Wigglesworth travelled from Boston to Buffalo, then…

Carroll letter (Mss. C C).JPG
Letter from W. N. Carroll to his mother Jane Carroll from the steam boat Campte, which is "hard and fast aground" at Flint Island, located on the Ohio River in far western Meade County, approximately 45 miles southwest of Louisville. He reports that…

Dugan Family Papers - Mss. A D866a 4.jpg
Inspectors Certificate of Captain Madison “Big Matt” Dugan (1860-1917). Dugan lived in Jeffersonville, Ind., and came from a steamboating family. He captained the ferries City of Jeffersonville and Gen. George Rogers Clark between Louisville and…

Jonathan Clark Diary 11-9-1811 (Mss. A C593a).JPG
Shortly before his death, on 9 November 1811, Jonathan Clark recorded in his diary his ride on the first steamboat on western waters, the New Orleans. He rode from Louisville upstream to Diamond [Eighteen Mile] Island and back.

Where the River winds (SM8-398).jpg
Cover of sheet music booklet by Leo Friedman and Herman Kahn.

Over on the shore (SM8-394).jpg
Sheet music booklet written by Charles F. Harrison and Cal De Voll. The Ohio and other rivers served as inspiration for singers and songwriters throughout the steamboat era.

Steamboat 1 (1944.3.2).BMP
Oil painting of the steamboat "Fleetwood" by Harlan Hubbard. Kentucky writer and artist Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988) recorded his and wife Anna’s lives on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in words and images. They traveled the rivers on a shantyboat and…
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