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A topographical description of the western territory of North America
A topographical description of the western territory of North America, containing a succinct account of its climate, natural history, population, agriculture, manners and customs, with an ample description of the several divisions into which that…

American Antiquities and Discoveries in the West
An exhibition of the evidence that an ancient population of partially civilized nations, differing entirely from those of the present Indians, peopled America, many centuries before its discovery by Columbus. And inquiries into their origin, with a…

American Ornithology, or, the Natural History of the birds of the United States

The natural history of the birds of the United States: illustrated with plates, engraved and colored from original drawings taken from nature.

Diary entry describing Native-Americans mounds, 20 December 1815
Daniel Chapman Banks was a Louisville Presbyterian minister. The diary chronicles his 1815-1816 trip from Connecticut to Louisville in which he travels through New Yok, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. This diary entry discusses Native-American mounds.

Drawing of coffee nut tree seed pod, 1816

A sketch of the coffee nut tree seed pod from the last page of a letter from Dr. Charles Wilkins Short to Dr. Daniel Drake.

Letter discussing an elephant tooth found at the Falls of the Ohio, ca. 1780s
Letter discussing an elephant tooth that was found at the Falls of the Ohio.

Letter from Charles Wilkins Short to Daniel Drake, 17 December 1816.
Dr. Charles Wilkins Short writes to see if Dr. Daniel Drake was aware of the two species of coffee nut tree. Included is a sketch of the tree's seed pod on the last page. He also addresses the rumors he has heard concerning Drake's relocation to…

Letter from John J. Audubon to Richard Harlan, 20 March 1833

Letter in which Audubon discusses his recent seizure that left him paralyzed in his pen hand, mouth, and lips, and the gassing of a golden eagle so he could paint it. Discusses his "Birds in America" series.

Letter from William Clark to Jonathan Clark, 9 September 1807
Clark writes his brother Jonathan from Big Bone Lick, Kentucky, while conducting a major archaeological fossil dig at Thomas Jefferson's request. He describes what has been unearthed so far and mentions their brother George Rogers Clark being drunk…