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[Map of Missouri River and vicinity from Saint Charles, Missouri, to Mandan villages of North Dakota : used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in their 1804 expedition up Missouri River].

[Map of Missouri River and vicinity from Saint Charles, Missouri, to M...

Date from accompanying text. Relief shown by symbols for "Black Mountains" or Black Hills. Some place names in both English and French. Based on surveys up to the Mandan-Hidatsa villages by James Mackay and Joh... More

Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, February 23, 1801
James P. Preston to Meriwether Lewis, September 28, 1801
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, March 31, 1801
John Newman to Meriwether Lewis, August 10, 1801
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, April 27, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, July 11, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, May 16, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, April 23, 1803
[Lewis and Clark map, with annotations in brown ink by Meriwether Lewis, tracing showing the Mississippi, the Missouri for a short distance above Kansas, Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Winnipeg, and the country onwards to the Pacific].

[Lewis and Clark map, with annotations in brown ink by Meriwether Lewi...

Pen and ink. Author information provided by Prof. Donald Jackson, 1/12/1977. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. See also: pp. 97-103 of Allen's Passage through the garden... More

Charles B. J. Fevret de Saint Memin - Meriwether Lewis
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, July 22, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, April 30, 1803
Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis

Bust-and-shoulders silhouette portrait shows the explorer Meriwether Lewis facing right. Purchase; 1915; (DLC/PP-1915:44874).

Firing Flintlocks at Harpers Ferry

Firing Flintlocks at Harpers Ferry

Reenactors fire flintlocks at Harpers Ferry. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis obtained from 15 rifles, 15 powder horns, 30 bullet molds, 30 ball screws, extra rifle and musket locks, gunsmith's repair tools, several d... More

Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, July 15, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, January 13, 1804
A map of part of the continent of North America : between the 35th and 51st degrees of north latitude, and extending from 89⁰ degrees of west longitude to the Pacific Ocean /

A map of part of the continent of North America : between the 35th and...

Relief shown by shading. Covers western North America, from Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean, including southern Canada and northern Mexico. Pen-and-ink and watercolor. Available also throug... More

Three Forks from Lewis Lookout

Three Forks from Lewis Lookout

On August 5, 1805, Meriwether Lewis climbed to the top of a hill now known as Lewis Lookout and located a short distance from Dillon, MT. He hoped to gain a better perspective on the landscape and confirm his b... More

Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, August 8, 1807
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, August 16, 1809
Map of the United States

Map of the United States

Also available in digital form.

Military map of Nebraska and Dakota

Military map of Nebraska and Dakota

Covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and portions of Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas. Shows routes of 20 exploration or survey parties. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. At the head of title: "Expl... More

Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis

Portrait, bust, facing left, Reproduction of painting by C.W. Peale in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

National parks: Sextant - public domain image

National parks: Sextant - public domain image

This instrument was used to measure the angular distance between the moon and sun or a star for determining longitude.

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Presentation

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Presentation

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: This informative display presents facts and history about the life of Meriwether Lewis. Location: Meriwether Lewis National Monument, T... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis National Monument Pioneer Cemetery

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis National Monument Pioneer Cem...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: This brown sign marks the Pioneer Cemetery at the Meriwether Lewis National Monument. Location: Meriwether Lewis National Monument, Ten... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis National Monument

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis National Monument

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: Well-tended grounds surround this flagpole and old cabin at the Meriwether Lewis National Monument. Location: Meriwether Lewis National... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument Caption

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument Caption

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: The words etched into the stone base of the Meriwether Lewis Monument detail the life and accomplishments of the famous explorer. Locat... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument Cabin

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument Cabin

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: This log cabin houses a visitor center at the Meriwether Lewis National Monument which provides free information. Location: Meriwether ... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Plaque

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Plaque

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: This plaque presents the history of Meriwether Lewis' death at the Meriwether Lewis National Monument. Location: Meriwether Lewis Natio... More

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: A rough-topped granite pillar stands over Meriwether Lewis' gravesite. Lewis was one of the leaders of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedi... More

Painting of Meriwether Lewis in the Lewis and Clark Slide Program.

Painting of Meriwether Lewis in the Lewis and Clark Slide Program.

Painting of Meriwether Lewis in the Lewis and Clark Slide Program.

Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark : bicentennial commemoration 2003-2006 /

Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark : bicentennial commemoration...

Legend includes preparation, recruitment, exploration and homecoming, Indian reservations, Louisiana Purchase boundary, and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Available also through the Library of Congres... More

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the leaders of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark expedition, begin a new journey when the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued three commemorative postage stamps honoring each adventurer and their joint command to map and explore the lands west of the Mississippi (MS)

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the leaders of the 1804-1806 Lewis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Sioux City State: Iowa (IA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: AMC Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Vince Degroot, US... More

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the leaders of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark expedition, begin a new journey when the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued three commemorative postage stamps honoring each adventurer and their joint command to map and explore the lands west of the Mississippi (MS)

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the leaders of the 1804-1806 Lewis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Sioux City Ang Base State: Iowa (IA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: AMC Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Vince De... More

Susan LaChance (left), of the United States Postal Service (USPS) along with a representative from the Iowa Governors Office unveil one of three new stamps honoring US Army (USA) Captain (CPT) Meriwether Lewis and CPT William Clark, the leaders of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark expedition. The stamps were simultaneously unveiled in 11 states along the trail of the expedition. Sioux City, Iowa is where Sergeant Floyd, the only person to die on the expedition, is buried

Susan LaChance (left), of the United States Postal Service (USPS) alon...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Sioux City State: Iowa (IA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: AMC Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Vince Degroot, US... More

Ship Sponsor, Mrs. Jane Lewis Sale Henley, descendant of Meriwether Lewis, launches the Military Sealift Command (MSC) auxiliary dry cargo carrier USNS Lewis and Clark.

Ship Sponsor, Mrs. Jane Lewis Sale Henley, descendant of Meriwether Le...

San Diego, Calif., (May. 21, 2005) Ship Sponsor, Mrs. Jane Lewis Sale Henley, descendant of Meriwether Lewis, launches the Military Sealift Command (MSC) auxiliary dry cargo carrier USNS Lewis and Clark, (T-AKE... More

Corps and Keelboat

Corps and Keelboat

Reenactors portraying Meriwether Lewis and members of the Corps of Discovery arrive in Louisville, KY.

Meriwether Lewis returns to Harpers Ferrry

Meriwether Lewis returns to Harpers Ferrry

Anniversary event featured Meriwether Lewis returning to Harpers Ferry for final inspection of supplies purchased.

Wild blue flax

Wild blue flax

Wild blue flax or Lewis' flax (Linum lewisii) was named after Meriwether Lewis who recognized its relationship to cultivated flax. He wondered about its value as a fiber plant. Indeed, indigenous peoples did m... More

Statue of the American explorers Meriwether Lewis (in hat) and William Clark outside the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City, Iowa

Statue of the American explorers Meriwether Lewis (in hat) and William...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Carol M. H... More

Two Pole Chain and Pocket Compass

Two Pole Chain and Pocket Compass

Navigation instruments used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

Journal, Pocket Compass, and Telescope

Journal, Pocket Compass, and Telescope

Instruments used by the Corps of Discovery for navigation.

National parks: Telescope - public domain image

National parks: Telescope - public domain image

A refracting terrestrial telescope with an achromatic objective lens was used for daytime observations.

Sextant, 2, National Parks gallery

Sextant, 2, National Parks gallery

Another view of the sextant, a navigational instrument used by the Corps of Discovery.

Two Pole Chain

Two Pole Chain

This surveying chain was used primarily to measure a baseline when determining a river's width by triangulation. A distance of 25 links equaled 16.5 feet and was called a "pole."

Sextant, Pocket Compass, Telescope

Sextant, Pocket Compass, Telescope

Navigational instruments used by the Corps of Discovery.

Pocket Compass, National Parks gallery

Pocket Compass, National Parks gallery

The pocket compass was used to take the bearings when it was impractical to use the circumferentor and when traveling on land.

National parks: Circumferentor - public domain image

National parks: Circumferentor - public domain image

A circumferentor is a magnetic compass, equipped with features for precise leveling and sighting, that could be read to one-half of a degree.

Journal, Pocket Compass, Telescope

Journal, Pocket Compass, Telescope

Equipment used by Captain William Clark and Meriwether Lewis on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

National parks: Journal - public domain image

National parks: Journal - public domain image

The journal played a role in navigation, used to record daily logs, celestial observations, scientific documentation, mapping, and navigation.

Leo Friedlander's 1934 high relief carving depicting Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on horseback, being led by the Indian guide Sacajawea, outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

Leo Friedlander's 1934 high relief carving depicting Meriwether Lewis ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2018; (DLC/PP-2016:103-12) Forms part of Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the C... More

Letter to [Meriwether Lewis or Francis Eppes, Virginia.]
Meriwether Lewis, Esqr.
Letter to [Meriwether Lewis or Francis Eppes, Virginia.]
List of Indian Presents Purchased by Meriwether Lewis in Preparation for the Expedition to the West - NARA - 300353

List of Indian Presents Purchased by Meriwether Lewis in Preparation f...

Scope and content: In a secret message to Congress dated January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked for $2,500 to explore lands west to the Pacific. Jefferson worked closely with Lewis, co-commander of... More

Receipt for 130 Rolls of Pigtail Tobacco Purchased by Meriwether Lewis for the Expedition to the West - NARA - 300352

Receipt for 130 Rolls of Pigtail Tobacco Purchased by Meriwether Lewis...

Scope and content: In a secret message to Congress dated January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked for $2,500 to explore lands west to the Pacific. Jefferson worked closely with Lewis, co-commander of... More

Receipt for Wine and Kegs Purchased by Meriwether Lewis for the Expedition to the West - NARA - 300351

Receipt for Wine and Kegs Purchased by Meriwether Lewis for the Expedi...

Scope and content: In a secret message to Congress dated January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked for $2,500 to explore lands west to the Pacific. Jefferson worked closely with Lewis, co-commander of... More

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - "(Meriwether) Lewis in Indian Dress (Shoshone)." (cropped)

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - "(Meriwether) Lewis i...

Published in Analectic Magazine and Naval Chronicle, 1816.Title: "(Meriwether) Lewis in Indian Dress (Shoshone)."

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - "(Meriwether) Lewis in Indian Dress (Shoshone)."

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - "(Meriwether) Lewis i...

Published in Analectic Magazine and Naval Chronicle, 1816.Title: "(Meriwether) Lewis in Indian Dress (Shoshone)."

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - Portrait of Meriwether Lewis

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin - Portrait of Meriwethe...

Profile portrait of Meriwether Lewis, chalk on paper, by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin.Title: Portrait of Meriwether Lewis

US-$10-LT-1901-Fr.114

US-$10-LT-1901-Fr.114

United States $10 Banknote, Legal Tender, Series of 1901 (Fr. Ref#114), depicting Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The central portrait is a depiction of an American bison w... More

Charles Gratiot to Meriwether Lewis, November 13, 1804
Charles Gratiot to Meriwether Lewis, November 13, 1804
History of Oregon; the growth of an American state (1903) (14761965676)

History of Oregon; the growth of an American state (1903) (14761965676...

Identifier: historyoforegong02lyma (find matches) Title: History of Oregon; the growth of an American state Year: 1903 (1900s) Authors: Lyman, Horace Sumner, 1855-1904 Scott, Harvey W. (Harvey Whitefield), 1... More

International university lectures, delivered by the most distinguished representatives of the greatest universities of the world, at the Congress of arts and science, Universal exposition, St. Louis . (14789271243)

International university lectures, delivered by the most distinguished...

Identifier: internationaluni01cong (find matches) Title: International university lectures, delivered by the most distinguished representatives of the greatest universities of the world, at the Congress of ar... More

Iowa, the first free state in the Louisiana purchase - from its discovery to the admission of the state into the Union, 1673-1846 (1905) (14766201592)

Iowa, the first free state in the Louisiana purchase - from its discov...

Identifier: iowafirstfreesta00salt (find matches) Title: Iowa, the first free state in the Louisiana purchase : from its discovery to the admission of the state into the Union, 1673-1846 Year: 1905 (1900s) Au... More

Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803, Instructions
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803, Instructions
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803, Instructions
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803, Instructions
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, April 20, 1803, Cipher
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, April 20, 1803, Cipher
William Wells to Meriwether Lewis, May 10, 1801, Extract
William Wells to Meriwether Lewis, May 10, 1801, Extract
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 4, 1807
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 4, 1807
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 14, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 14, 1803
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, August 21, 1808
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, August 21, 1808
Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, August 21, 1808
William Clark to Meriwether Lewis, July 18, 1803
William Clark to Meriwether Lewis, July 18, 1803
William Clark to Meriwether Lewis, July 18, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, April 20, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 29, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 29, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 29, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, May 29, 1803
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, August 31, 1801
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, August 31, 1801
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, March 10, 1801
Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, March 10, 1801
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