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.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
President Theodore Roosevelt was caught in the middle of the first major battle for wilderness preservation in Yosemite National Park.
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.
A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West
It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.
The Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon Territory saw 100,000 people make the treacherous journey in search of riches.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.