Journal among the Arikara Indians, and other papers, 1794-1796


Date: 1794-1796 | Size: 1 microfilm_reel(s)


Includes "Description abrègée du Haut-Missouri adressé: a Monsieur don Zénon Trudeau," an account of a journey up the Missouri River, with descriptions of the life and manners of the Indian tribes, prepared for Don Zenon Trudeau, Lieutenant Governor of the Country East of the Illinois (n.d., [after 1795]). Extracts from journals, June 7, 1794-June 1796 (part printed from copy in Department of State Archives, Washington), 190 pages. Approximately 200 pages of letters. Materials contain descriptions of the culture of the Plains Indians (Cheyenne, Arikara, Mandan, Pawnee, Gros Ventres, Sioux, Poncas), dress, customs, marriage, birth; calumet dance, sun dance, buffalo dance; warfare.

Background note

Jean Baptiste Trudeau was a schoolmaster, trader, and traveler.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 microfilm reel.


Restrictions on Use:

This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission of the archivist of the Séminaire de Québec, Canada.


Presented by Université Laval, Séminaire de Québec and accessioned, 1960.

Location of originals:

Originals in Université Laval, Séminaire de Québec.

Alternate formats available

Printed (in English translation): Trudeau, Collections of the Missouri Historical Society (1912) 4: 9-48; Trudeau, American Historical Review (1914) 19: 299-333; Abel, Missouri Valley Historical Review (1921) 8: 149-179.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

General note

There is a second copy of this film available in the repository.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Microfilm Collection

Geographic Name(s)

  • Missouri River.
  • United States -- Discovery and exploration.

Personal Name(s)

  • Trudeau, Jean-Baptiste, 1748-1827
  • Trudeau, Zenon


  • Indians of North America -- Social life and customs