A Map of Lewis and Clark’s track, across the western portion of North America, from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean
Vault Map9C G4050 1811 .C5
Gift of Gerald F. Fitzgerald
One of the few manuscript maps that can be associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition, this map was for over a century in the possession of an upstate New York family, before going to auction in 2003. It is a reduced copy of William Clark’s 1806-1811 manuscript map (now at Yale University), and was very likely prepared by George Shannon, a private in the Corps of Discovery, who worked in Philadelphia with Nicholas Biddle, the editor of the Lewis and Clark Journals. In 2003, Mr. Fitzgerald loaned the map to the Newberry, and it was displayed in the Library’s “Lewis and Clark in Indian Country” exhibit (2005) as well as in the Newberry Library/Field Museum exhibition “Maps: Finding our Place in the World” in both its Chicago and Baltimore settings (2007-8).