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