Resurrecting the First American West

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Resurrecting the First American West
This project will "resurrect" and expand the Library of Congress American Memory Project, First American West, the Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 (FAW), which was taken down in 2016. The Filson Historical Society, the University of Chicago, and the Library of Congress contributed material to this pioneering work of digital history. Now, the Filson seeks transcriptions for both the original documents published in FAW as well as new selections that expand the range of diverse voices represented in the vibrant and globally contested Ohio River Valley of the late-18th and early-19th century.
"Hero of the Wabash," broadside, ca. 1791

"Hero of the Wabash," broadside, ca. 1791

Broadside entitled "Hero of the Wabash." Includes a poem telling of the cowardice of a "Captain Paul" during the Indian Wars, and an engraving of an Army officer running from a Native American. Captain Paul is not identified but it is believed that the broadside dates to either Harmar's (1790) or...

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"Hunters of Kentucky," broadside, ca. 1815

"Hunters of Kentucky," broadside, ca. 1815

Broadside of a poem entitled the "Hunters of Kentucky" about the valor of Kentuckians during the Battle of New Orleans. Printed in Rhode Island.

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Advertisement for an auction for land around Owensboro, Kentucky, ca. 1821

Advertisement for an auction for land around Owensboro, Kentucky, ca. 1821

Advertisement from Robert Triplett, Daniel and Polly Eppes, and John L. May, for large plots of land to be sold at a public auction on August 10. The land is in and around Owensboro, Kentucky, as well as in Butler and Grayson Counties.

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Agreement between David Meade and John May, 1 March 1780

Agreement between David Meade and John May, 1 March 1780

A 1 March 1780 agreement between David Meade and John May to make Meade a partner with May and Robert Morris Beall in the ownerships of 100,000 acres of land.

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Broadside containing company orders for John F. Jones, 10th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 1827

Broadside containing company orders for John F. Jones, 10th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 1827

Company orders to John F. Jones from Captain Caleb Sanders that include a year-long schedule for the second battalion's drills.

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Broadside entitled, "Some Notices of Kentucky, Particularly of its Chief Town, Lexington," 28 August 1828

Broadside entitled, "Some Notices of Kentucky, Particularly of its Chief Town, Lexington," 28 August 1828

Broadside written by Mathew Carey of Philadelphia under the pseudonym of Hamilton. He briefly outlines the development of Lexington, commenting on its educational and cultural institutions, its churches, businesses, economy and trade. Louisville and the effect of the canal at the Falls of the...

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Broadside for Kentucky General Assembly, supporting national unity, 7 January 1807

Broadside for Kentucky General Assembly, supporting national unity, 7 January 1807

December 4, 1806 resolution to the Governor of Vermont, Isaac Tichenor, from the General Assembly of Kentucky, supporting national unity and expressing confidence in the general government. Approved by Kentucky governor, Christopher Greenup, on December 9, 1806, and signed by John Rowan as...

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Broadside listing all of the newspapers and pamphlets received by the Lexington, Kentucky, Post Office, between April and July, 1829.

Broadside listing all of the newspapers and pamphlets received by the Lexington, Kentucky, Post Office, between April and July, 1829.

Broadside printed by the Post Office while Joseph Ficklin was Postmaster in Lexington, Kentucky. The broadside lists all of the newspapers and pamphlets received in the Lexington Post Office between 1 April and 1 July 1829.

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Caroline Hancock Preston Recipe Book, c. 1808-1827

Caroline Hancock Preston Recipe Book, c. 1808-1827

Recipes for food and home remedies collected by Caroline Hancock Preston (1785-1847). Preston was born in Fincastle, Virginia and was married to prominent Virginian William Preston, Jr. (1770-1821). She lived much of her life in Louisville and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery. This book...

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Circular containing questions concerning the Burr Conspiracy, 2 May 1807

Circular containing questions concerning the Burr Conspiracy, 2 May 1807

Circular from Attorney General Caesar Rodney to Jonathan Clark in Louisville includes an attached list of questions to ask people in the region who might have information about Aaron Burr or the "late conspiracy against the Constitution and law of the United States."

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