Patrick Breen’s Diary
The diary of Donner party member Patrick Breen is presented in its entirety online.
The Pages of the Breen Diary
Browse the Breen diary page by page on this Web site created by the University of California at Berkeley.
Donner Party Daily Log
Self-described amateur historian Daniel M. Rosen has compiled primary sources as well as his own Donner party research on this Web site. Included are the detailed daily logs he created using direct quotes and commentary, which span from April 1846 to April 1847.
History of the Donner Party
This online book by C. F. McGlashan spans the winter of 1846-1847, from when the party initially was stranded to when they were finally rescued.
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
The National Park Service provides information, including driving maps, history, and a list of trail sites, for this historic 1,415-mile trail through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah.
Utah History: Pioneers and Cowboys
The Utah State Historical Society presents a series of illustrated essays on pioneers and their times.
See how an iron road transformed the way west for settlers. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Web site includes information on Western settlement’s impact on Native Americans. Visitors can track the seven-year construction project, drive the railroad’s route past Donner Lake with the film producers today, and more.
Bryant, Edwin. What I Saw in California. University of Nebraska Press, 1985.
Hall, Carroll. Donner Miscellany. The Book Club of San Francisco, 1947.
King, Joseph A. Winter of Entrapment. P. D. Meany, 1992, 2nd edition 1994.
McGlashan, C. F. History of the Donner Party. 1881. Reprint Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 1940.
Morgan, Dale. Overland in 1846. Talisman Press, 1963. Republished by Bison Book/University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
Murphy, Virginia Reed. Across the Plains in the Donner Party. Vistabooks, 1995.
Stewart, George R. Ordeal by Hunger. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1960.
From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.
A six-hour series on how the West was lost and won, from the Gold Rush in 1848 until Wounded Knee in 1893.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.
A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.