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Archival Materials Courtesy of
The Academy of Natural Sciences,
Ewell Sale Stewart Library and the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Imaging Center for Collections
American Museum of Natural History Library
Cornell University Library, Making of America Digital Collection
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Montana Historical Society Research Center
Still Picture Records Section, National Archives at College Park
Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs,
The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Rhoda Knight Kalt
Smithsonian Institution Archives
U.S. Geological Survey
Utah State Archives
Othniel Charles Marsh papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
The Academy of Natural Sciences
Como Bluff, Booth Land & Livestock
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Dinosaur National Monument
Fossil Butte National Monument
Ghost Ranch Conference Center
Morrison Natural History Museum
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University
Julia Farwell and Walter Clay
Rhoda Knight Kalt
James E. Dunford
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In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.