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United States History - Primary Resources

Westward Expansion 1800-1860

Cook Car


Cook car with a man, and two women carrying food, standing outside. Another wagon and clothes hanging on line in background.
No identification given, likely in North Dakota.



American History : A Documentary Record 1492 - Present - The Avalon Project at Yale Law  School

Annexation Of The Hawaiian Islands, 1898

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Charting North America: Maps from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection and Others

David Rumsey Map Collection

Donner Party

Early Landscape Photography of the American West

Heading West & Touring West

History of the American West, 1860-1920

History of the Donner Party

Homestead Act (1862), Library of Congress

John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839

Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Library of Western Fur Trade Historical Source Documents Diaries, Narratives, and Letters of the Mountain Men

Meeting of Frontiers

Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico

Morrill Act (1862)

National Archives Records Relating to Service in the Spanish-American War

New Perspectives on the West (PBS)

The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Books and Periodicals

The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920

Oregon Trail History

Pacific Railway Act (1862), Library of Congress

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection Historical Maps of the United States

Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction June 20, 1866

Spanish American War Records

Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869

United States Foreign Policy Timeline

West Web: Western History (CUNY)

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion 1820-1890, Library of Congress

WWW-VL The American West

WWW-VL The American West Colonial Period