The Lewis & Clark Journals are a rather complex set of documents. Until recently a true and complete set of journals was non-existant.
Dr. Gary Moulton at the University of Nebraska has undertaken a Herculean task and compiled the first complete set of journals relating to the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The result of his 14 year project is a 10-volume set of books that include Clark's maps, the Journals of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Patrick Gass, Joseph Whitehouse and Charles Floyd.
The set of books are the most accurate copies of the actual journals. Previous versions of the Journals have actually been condensed collections and interpretations of the known journal documents.
If you want a short version of the journals pick up a copy of one of the numerous books listed below. They will provide the reader with the "highlights" of the expedition.
One of the most popular Journal authors was Bernard DeVoto. He wrote a condensed version of the journals titled, "The Journals of Lewis and Clark," as well as another history of the expedition titled, "The Course of Empire."
DeVoto died in 1955 and at his request, his ashes were scattered along Crooked Fork Creek at this cedar grove (left) along U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo Pass along the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Coues, Elliott, ed.
DeVoto, Bernard, ed.
Jackson, Donald, ed.
Moulton, Gary E., ed.
Thwaites, Reuben Gold, ed.,