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Finding Aid - Fort Union

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10024 Henry A. Boller
The Henry A. Boller Papers contain letters to and from his family and book publishers.  It also has his diary that he kept while at Fort Atkinson and surrounding areas.  Also in the collection is a lexicon with translations to Native American languages.  In the lexicon, there are sketches by Boller.  In the second box, there are Boller’s additions to his book Among the Indians

20825 Dakota Territory Military Fort Maps
In this collection, there are maps of many of the military and trading post in Dakota Territory.  There is also information about each post like water source, proximity to Indians, supplies, and details about the building of the post.  The maps will provide an image of the set up of the post.

SUGGESTED READINGS:

Boller, Henry. Twilight of the Upper Missouri River Fur Trade: The Journals of Henry A. Boller. Edited by W. Raymond Wood. Bismarck: SHSND, 2008.
The journals of Henry A. Boller begin with his decision to leave home for the West and ends with New Year's Eve in 1858. In his journals, he writes about his time in the fur trade with the Hidatsa and neighboring Mandan and Arikara.

Boller, Henry A. Among the Indians: Eight Years in the Far West- 1858-1866. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company, 1959.
This is Boller's journal from his time spent with various Native American tribes on the Missouri River. He shows a great compassion and care for the Indians. His narrative provides information about the smallpox epidemic, summer and winter housing and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes, and other cultural aspects of different tribes.

Mattison, Ray H. "Fort Union: Its Role in the Upper Missouri Fur Trade." North Dakota History, Winter 1962: 180-208.
This article outlines the importance of Fort Union and the convenience of a fur trading post at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. The various fur traders and companies that served Fort Union are reviewed in this article.

 

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