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Daniel Smith journal

 Collection — Box: 80
Identifier: MS-SC1415
Scope and Contents Journal kept while traveling recounts the days on board, the sea life seen, the different vessels seen on the sea, the weather, specific incidents on board and the different fish caught for eating. Describes the sights he sees as they near New Orleans, hunting in the woods along the Mississippi, and the trip up to Shawneetown.
Dates: Created: 1820 - 1821

Diary of tour of Canada, the United States, & Cuba

 Collection — Box: 91
Identifier: MS-SC1552
Scope and Contents Unknown author, references to England and is probably from there. Diary kept of travel through Quebec, Ottawa, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, down the Mississippi to New Orleans, to Cuba and back to Charleston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Gives descriptions of each city, its buildings, the people, the businesses and his opinion.Chicago is a "fine city", but the more he saw of New York "the more I dislike its accumulation of filth..." He attended the theater in New York...
Dates: Created: 1856 - 1857

Frederick S. Mojonnier diary of a voyage to America

 Collection — Box: 60
Identifier: MS-SC1059
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept by Mojonnier on the family's trip. Briefly details each day of their trip by stage, sleigh and train to Havre, France where they spent several days before sailing. On board ship he details the weather, any family problems, passenger problems, sea life they observe, a ship wreck and their entrance into the Mississippi with the help of a tug boat. He describes the boat they take to St. Louis and the sights he sees along the way.
Dates: Created: Undated

John W. Smith letters

 Collection — Box: 81
Identifier: MS-SC1431
Scope and Contents Letters home to Thomas from Tennessee and Arkansas. Gives a description of Memphis, Arkansas and the hot springs in Arkansas. Discusses life on and the business of the boat. Very descriptive explanation of why steamboating is "a doggs life". Mentions family often. Discusses his plans to stop the river and go into "business".
Dates: Created: 1852 - 1859

Mississippi River list of steamboats

 Collection — Box: 60
Identifier: MS-SC1056
Scope and Contents List of steamboats and their captains running on the upper Mississippi during the years 1847-1855, taken from the shipping books of S.S. Phelps and Co. and McKinney and Adams both of Oquawka, Illinois.
Dates: Created: 1921

Russell Ward letters

 Collection — Box: 94
Identifier: MS-SC1612
Scope and Contents Letter from Cairo, Ill., June 22, to A.J. Newton, discusses Newton's diagnosis of consumption and other diseases of the respiratory system, instructs in healthy living and questions his spiritual affiliation. Mentions flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio Valley including Cairo. Letter to Newton M. Curtis, September 27, giving eulogy on the death of his brother.
Dates: Created: June 22 and September 17, 1858

Samuel Humes Porter letter

 Collection — Box: 67
Identifier: MS-SC1200
Scope and Contents Letter to New York Governor Horatio Seymour regarding the support for McClellan shown among Democrats at the convention, the dissatisfaction in the Mississippi valley towards Lincoln and his policies and the fallacious story that General Cass is supporting Lincoln. Asks for acknowledgement of the letter because "Lincoln's postmasters ... sometimes looking into other people's letters."
Dates: Created: September 21, 1864

Samuel Miller journals

 Collection — Box: 60
Identifier: MS-SC1049
Scope and Contents An account of each trip to retrieve the body of each of his sons. He travelled by boat, the first trip on rivers and the second by ocean, most of the way and mentions the boats they pass, the cities where they stop, the countryside, farms and plantations, the effects of war on all of these, problems along the way, weather, what he eats, a shooting at one hotel, the return trip and the burial of his sons.
Dates: Created: 1863 - 1865