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    Some Wisconsin Indian conveyances, 1793-1836.
    Wisconsin Indian conveyances
    "Deeds, leases, and treaties, executed by Wisconsin Indians prior to 1836 ... selected from the manuscripts in possession of this society, or ... copied from the books of the Brown County register of deeds, at Green Bay ... showing the methods of acquiring lands and privileges from the Indians, in pre-territorial Wisconsin." Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: Thwaites, Reuben Gold - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1900
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    Robert Dickson, the Indian trader Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, E. A. (Ernest Alexander) - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1892

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    Captured by the Indians: reminiscences of pioneer life in Minnesota. This book is an account of Minnie Buce Carrigan's captivity among the Sioux after the 1862 uprising and her subsequent experience as an orphan. Carrigan emigrated with her German parents to Fox Lake, Wisconsin in 1858. Two years later they helped to establish a German settlement at Middle Creek in Renville County, Minnesota, where they lived in relative comfort and peace among the Sioux ...
    • Contributor: Carrigan, Minnie Buce
    • Date: 1912
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    Personal memoirs of a residence of thirty years with the Indian tribes on the American frontiers: with brief notices of passing events, facts, and opinions, A.D. 1812 to A.D. 1842. This is the autobiographical account of an explorer, government administrator, and scholar whose researches into the language and customs of the Chippewa and other Native American peoples of the Great Lakes region are considered milestones in nineteenth-century ethnography. After a childhood in Hamilton, New York, Schoolcraft gained attention for the reports and journals he wrote on trips west to explore mineral deposits in Arkansas, ...
    • Contributor: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe
    • Date: 1851

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    Who discovered Itasca Lake? : letter of Wm. Morrison, an early Indian trader. Introduced by a letter from the author's brother, Allan Morrison. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: Morrison, William - Minnesota Historical Society
    • Date: 1872
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    Memoirs : historical and edifying, of a missionary apostolic of the order of Saint Dominic among various Indian tribes and among the Catholics and Protestants in the United States of America. Born and educated in Milan, Italy, Samuel Mazzuchelli (1806-1864) began his American ministry in 1828 at Mackinac Island, a center of the fur trade. Building churches, organizing schools, and preaching in both French and English, he traveled the Mississippi and the Great Lakes over long distances and in all seasons. After 1839, he continued much of his work in Iowa as a vicar-general to ...
    • Contributor: Mazzuchelli, Samuel - Kennedy, Mary Benedicta - Ireland, John
    • Date: 1915

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    Fifty years in America Nils Nilsen Rønning (1870-1962) emigrated from Norway to Minnesota in 1887 to settle with his brother, who had emigrated previously. Fifty Years in America narrates Rønning's cultural adjustment and education at Red Wing Seminary and the University of Minnesota, his spiritual development, and his involvement with the Lutheran Church in Minnesota. In discussing the latter, he focuses on different schools of thought in the ...
    • Contributor: Rønning, N. N. (Nils Nilsen)
    • Date: 1938
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    History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan: a grammar of their language, and personal and family history of the author. Blackbird (Mack-e-te-be-nessy) was an Ottawa chief's son who served as an official interpreter for the U.S. government and later as a postmaster while remaining active in Native American affairs as a teacher, advisor on diplomatic issues, lecturer and temperance advocate. In this work he describes how he became knowledgeable about both Native American and white cultural traditions and chronicles his struggles to achieve two ...
    • Contributor: Blackbird, Andrew J.
    • Date: 1887

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    Minnesota, the empire state of the new North-West, the commercial, manufacturing and geographical centre of the American continent. Published by the Board of Immigration for the State of Minnesota ... Secretary: John ... This 1878 pamphlet addresses itself to laboring and landless men, as well as to those of moderate means, who are seeking to escape the "tyrannies and thankless toil of the old world" and the overcrowded conditions and limited opportunities of regions in the eastern United States. It praises Minnesota's healthful climate and its network of railroads, its mineral resources, educational facilities, and demonstrated potential ...
    • Contributor: Minnesota. State Board of Immigration - Bond, J. Wesley (John Wesley)
    • Date: 1878

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    American Fur Company invoices, 1821-22 Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: American Fur Company - Thwaites, Reuben Gold - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1888

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    American But More So - Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 - Digital Collections By 1890, the Upper Midwest was firmly integrated into the national economy. A fully-developed railroad system moved the region's products east through Chicago to New York. Wheat cultivation shifted to the north and west as yields within the region diminished and new lands elsewhere demonstrated their superiority. A spectacular example of the new wheat lands was the Red River valley in far northwestern Minnesota ...
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    Letter-book of Thomas Forsyth, 1814-1818. Consists chiefly of correspondence between Forsyth and Ninian Edwards, Governor of Illinois Territory, concerning their dealings with the Indian tribes as allies. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: Forsyth, Thomas - Illinois Territory. Governor ( : Edwards) - State Historical Society of Wisconsin - Illinois. Governor ( : Edwards)
    • Date: 1888
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    Narrative journal of travels through the northwestern regions of the United States : extending from Detroit through the great chain of American lakes to the sources of the Mississippi River, performed as ...
    Narrative journal of travels from Detroit northwest through the great chain of American lakes to the sources of the Mississippi River in the year 1820
    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864) was an explorer, Indian agent, and early ethnologist of Native American culture who joined an expedition organized by Governor Cass of Michigan in 1819. Its purpose was to locate the Mississippi River's sources, to explore the Great Lakes region, and to describe its significant topographical features, natural history, and mineral wealth. Schoolcraft joined the expedition as a mineralogist, and this ...
    • Contributor: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1821

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    Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Based on the original Italian edition of Mazzuchelli's Memoirs ... of a missionary apostle of the order of Saint Dominic among various Indian tribes and among the Catholics and Protestants in the United States of America. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. Also published separately by the Society. Madison, 1898.
    • Contributor: Butler, James Davie - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1898
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    Tracks and trails; or, Incidents in the life of a Minnesota territorial pioneer,
    Tracks and trails | Incidents in the life of a Minnesota territorial pioneer
    Tracks and Trails presents incidents in the life of a Minnesota pioneer and touches on many facets of frontier life in the second half of the nineteenth century. It depicts the settlers' contact and conflict with the Sioux and Chippewas, two Native tribes living on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, from an ethnocentric perspective typical of white views ...
    • Contributor: Dally, Nathan
    • Date: 1931
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    A Wisconsin fur-trader's journal, 1804-05 "Addressed to the partners of the North West Fur Company." Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
    • Contributor: Malhiot, François Victor - North West Company - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1910

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    Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the North-west, in the autumn of 1856. With information relative to public lands, and a table of statistics. Christopher Columbus Andrews (1829-1922), future Civil War general, diplomat, and state official, wrote these twenty-six letters on a trip to the Minnesota and Dakota [Dacotah] territory during the fall of 1856. He traveled by rail as far as Chicago and Dunleith (Jo Daviess County, Illinois), continuing by steamship to St. Paul, and making his way by stagecoach to Crow Wing and St. Cloud before ...
    • Contributor: Andrews, C. C. (Christopher Columbus)
    • Date: 1857

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    The British Take and Lose Control, 1763-1812 - Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 - Digital Collections When the British government attempted to consolidate its vast North American holdings after the French withdrawal in 1763, it found itself confronted by what turned out to be insoluble problems about how to control and pay for its new empire. The government immediately established a Proclamation Line along the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, beyond which white settlement was to be prohibited. A decade ...
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    Historical collections made by the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan.
    Michigan pioneer and historical collections
    This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. The first half of the volume is devoted to a fourth installment of papers selected from the Canadian Archives at Ottawa by the Society's representative, B.W. Shoemaker, to illuminate British influence and activities in the Great Lakes region during the era of the ...
    • Contributor: Bartholomew, Henry S. K. (Henry Sager Knapp) - Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan
    • Date: 1908

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    Memorials of a half-century. This collection of essays by a noted writer, explorer, and Detroit civic leader offers detailed descriptions of Michigan's geography, geology, and local history in a consciously crafted literary style. Hubbard discusses the natural history of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron; topographical and geological features of Michigan; a geological expedition to the salt springs of the Grand and Saginaw River valleys with the ...
    • Contributor: Hubbard, Bela
    • Date: 1887

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    Sketch of Cutting Marsh Mr. Marsh was a missionary to the Stockbridge Indians for eighteen years. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. Also published separately by the Society as part of Early Presbyterianism in Wisconsin, by Cutting Marsh, Madison, 1900.
    • Contributor: Chapin, John E. - State Historical Society of Wisconsin
    • Date: 1900
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    A history of Herring Lake; with an introductory legend, The bride of mystery,
    Bride of mystery
    Herring Lake is located in Benzie County along the shores of Lake Michigan. John Howard, the self-styled "bard of Benzie," chronicles its history through legends, anecdotes, and an abundance of antiquarian information about local artifacts, town characters, Indians, and memorable occurrences. He discusses Watervale's transformation from a "defunct lumber village" to a summer resort community, and recalls vanished technological processes used in processing and ...
    • Contributor: Howard, John H. (John Harris)
    • Date: 1929
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    Wau-bun, the early day in the Northwest. This book recounts the experiences of a young, genteel wife adjusting to the military life and frontier conditions of life at Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin, in the early 1830s. She describes her perilous journeys back and forth to the early settlement of Chicago, her complex cultural encounters with a diverse frontier society, and her determination to instill her own standards of civilized behavior and Christian ...
    • Contributor: Kinzie, John H.
    • Date: 1873

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    Collections and researches made by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. reprint
    Michigan pioneer and historical collections
    This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. It contains the last installment of the Haldimand Papers, continued from Volume 19 and covering the years 1782- 1789. The Haldimand Papers were selected from the Canadian Archives at Ottawa by B.W. Shoemaker, the Society's representative, to illuminate British influence and activities in ...
    • Contributor: Burton, M. Agnes (Mary Agnes) - Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
    • Date: 1912

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    Historical collections made by the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan. including reports of officers and papers read at the annual meeting of 1887..
    Michigan pioneer collections
    This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. This volume opens with the President of the Society's address along with reports, memorials, personal reminiscences, and local history papers delivered at the 1887 annual meeting. Some of these papers deal with the Ordinance of 1787, early exploration of Lake Superior and life ...
    • Contributor: Bartholomew, Henry S. K. (Henry Sager Knapp) - Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan
    • Date: 1908

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