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Jonathan Clark Papers,1783-1816

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Jonathan Clark Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Jonathan Clark Papers, 1783-1816, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


0.33 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Revolutionary War soldier, farmer of Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Jefferson County, Kentucky. Primarily letters written to Clark by his brother William Clark and friend and business associate Joseph Herndon. The letters from William Clark, 1792-1811, relate to Clark's activities, opinions, feelings, experiences, and news. Included are five letters dating from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803-1806, regarding events and personnel of that venture; letters written from St. Louis after his relocation there following the expedition; information on his slave York during and after the expedition; and his feelings concerning Meriwether Lewis, especially regarding his death. Herndon's letters relate personal, business, and general news, including mentions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The William Clark letters are being edited for publication with an anticipated publication date of the summer of 1996. Forms part of: Bodley-Clark Papers


  • Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
  • Clark, William, 1770-1838-- Correspondence.
  • Explorers-- United States-- Correspondence.
  • Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809.
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific-- Sources.

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