John Ordway journal, 1804-1806


Date: 1804-1806 | Size: 3 volume(s)


These journals were kept while on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806).

Background note

John Ordway accompanied Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

Collection Information

Physical description

3 volumes.


Deposited by Edward and Charles J. Biddle, 1915; presented, 1949.

General note

These volumes were edited by Milo M. Quaife and published in The Journals of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Sergeant John Ordway, Kept on the Expedition of Western Exploration, 1803-1806 (State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Collections 22 [1916]).

Early American History Note

These three volumes contain the journal kept by John Ordway from May 1804 to September 1806, while serving as a sergeant of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Ordway's journals note wildlife, daily happenings on the expedition, and interactions with Native peoples. These volumes can serve as a good complement to the original Lewis and Clark ones. The journals have been edited and printed elsewhere, including a recent edition published by the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- Discovery and exploration.
  • West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Clark, William, 1770-1838
  • Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809
  • Ordway, John,b. ca. 1775.


  • Exploration.
  • Indians of North America
  • Louisiana Purchase -- Discovery and exploration.
  • Native America
  • Natural history
  • Natural history.