A Selective Bibliography of Exploration
Relating to the United States
by William H. Goetzmann
University of Texas at Austin
Part I. Atlases and General Works
The exploration literature relating to the United States is perhaps
more abundant than that of any other nation except Britain and
Spainboth proprietors of vast empires.
Perhaps the best place to start for the U.S. is with William H.
Goetzmann and Glyndwr Williams, The Atlas of North American
Exploration, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1992 and a good road atlas.
Other important atlases are Seymour Swartz and Ralph Eherenberg, The
Mapping of America, Abrams, NY, 1980, repr., Wellfleet, NJ, 2001,
Eric Newby, The World Atlas of Exploration, Artists House,
London, 1975, repr., 1982, Phillips' Atlas of World Exploration,
London 1996, The Times Atlas of World Exploration, HarperCollins,
NY, 1991, Dennis Reinhartz and C.C. Colley, Mapping the American
Southwest, Texas A&M Press, College Station, TX, 1987.
There are several useful series, the most recent of which is John
Logan Allen, The Exploration of North America, 3 vols., U.
Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1997. For Texas see Ron C. Tyler, The
Handbook of Texas, 6 vols., Texas State Historical Association,
Austin, TX, and available online, Rueben Gold Thwaites, Early Western
Travels, 1748-1875, 22 vols., reprint, Winwood, 1998, Carl I. Wheat,
Mapping the Transmississippi West, 5 vols., Institute of
Historical Cart., San Francisco, 1957-1963, Leroy R. Hafen, The
Mountain Men and Fur Trade of the Far West, 10 vols., Arthur H.
Clark, Glendale, CA, 1965-72, repr., 2001, Adelaide R. Hasse, Reports
of Explorations Printed in the Documents of the United States
Government, NY, reprint 1969. This is an indispensable guide to
the many 19th Century published reports (with copious
illustrations) that appear in the U.S. Congress, House and Senate
Documents Series. Another important bibliography of late
19th Century exploration is Lawrence F. Schmeckebier,
Catalogue and Index of the Publications of the Hayden, King, Powell
and Wheeler Surveys, Northwest Books, Portland, OR, 1904, repr.,
1970. Also see Raymond Howego, Encyclopedia of Exploration to
1800, Hordern House, Potts Point, Australia, 2003, Howard R. Lamar,
The New Encyclopedia of the American West, Yale Univ. Press, New
Haven, CT, 1998, and William H. Goetzmann, The World Explorers
Series, 33 vols., Chelsea House, NY,1991that includes the
major American explorers. And finally, William H. Goetzmann, New
Lands, New Men: America and the Second Great Age of Discovery,
revival reprint, Texas State Historical Association, Austin, TX, 1995,
treats the whole of American exploration by land and around the world
concluding with Robert E. Peary's attaining the North Pole in 1909
finally confirmed by Thomas D. Davies of the Foundation for the
Promotion of the Art of Navigation in 1990 by using modern
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