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Robert Bowne Haines collection

 Collection — Folder: S565
Identifier: S0565

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a bound volume of typed transcriptions for 10 letters, dating from May 11, 1838 to June 11, 1849. The letters document a trip of exploration from author, Robert Bowne Haines, made with David Dale owen. Locations and sites mentioned in the letters are Blue Earth River; Waraja River; Little Rock River; Terre Blanche, and the Mississippi River; Stillwater Lake and St. Croix, near Galena and at Red Rock; Chippewa River, Mountain Island, and Prairie de Chien; Pine Creek, Turkey River, Dubuque, Parkhurst, and Davenport; St. Louis; Vincennes; Paoli; Fox River and Green Bay.

With one exception, the letters were written by Haines to his sister, describing a flood, interactions with Indians, Indian medicine and mounds, efforts of the missionaries working among the Indians, wild game, wild plants, Old Fort Howard, and John Jacob Astor's speculators.


  • 1838-1849


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

During 1848-1849, Robert Bowne Haines participated in a scientific survey of the Upper Mississippi River directed by David Dale Owen, United States Geologist.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Philip N. Williams in 1999. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/21 by Bethany Fiechter.
Robert Bowne Haines collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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