University of Virginia Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Project

Exploring Lewis and Clark's Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia Documentary Video

Meriwether Lewis Family Correspondance Archive

Biddle/Allen Edition (1814) Publication History Archive

The Literary Legacy of Lewis and Clark Photographs and Commentary

The occasion of the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean (1803-06) offers many opportunities for new scholarship and interpretation. These five projects, collectively called "Memories," strive to present to the general public specific aspects of the expedition that have roots deep in Virginia soil.

The four-year Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Project (LCBP) was created in the summer of 2000 by a grant from the President's Office to use the scholarly expertise and resources available at the University of Virginia in order to serve both the University community and the general public. The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Project represents the University's chief effort to contribute to the national conversation and to the emerging body of scholarship on the expedition and the American West's role in North American history.

The short documentary film, Exploring Lewis and Clark's Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, directs the lens of history, genealogy, and architectural history toward the homesteads, cemeteries, and landscapes of Lewis and Clark that dot the local landscape. From these people and places we can learn much about the early lives of these men and the sense of place that they developed at home and took with them on their journey to the Far West.

The digital archive of Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) correspondence with his family brings together twenty letters written by Meriwether Lewis during the years 1789-1809. This small collection and its accompanying essay reveal the strong connection he had to Lewis and Meriwether family farms in Albemarle County such as Locust Hill and Cloverfields. This full-text digital archive is searchable and sortable by a number of keywords and concepts and a correspondence-driven timeline offers new insights into the boyhood and young adulthood of this Albemarle County native.

The digital publication history archive for the book, History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, an extraordinary text written by Nicholas Biddle from the expedition journals and edited by Paul Allen in 1814, contains 70 pieces of correspondence related to the publication trials and tribulations faced by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Thomas Jefferson. It includes another 140 images of pre-publication newspaper notices and post-publication book reviews as well as some of the illustrations originally commissioned by Lewis for the work but not included in the 1814 Biddle/Allen edition. This full-text digital archive is searchable and offers tremendous insights into the ultimately disappointing publication of the Lewis and Clark journals that did not appear until nearly a decade after the expedition.

In the Literary Legacy of Lewis and Clark, J. Frank Papovich retraces, by motorcycle, the route of the Corps of Discovery. He documents, in both words and visual images, the route of this trip from Charlottesville to the mouth of the Columbia. This project combines his commentary to several significant moments recorded at the same places by Lewis and Clark by linking to the University of Virginia Library's Lewis and Clark American Studies Information Community digital edition of the Reuben Gold Thwaites 1904-05 centennial edition of the Journals. In addition, he visited a number of sites of literary significance along the way, including places that play a significant role in the literature of the twentieth-century West, such as sites associated with Willa Cather (south-central Nebraska), Wallace Stegner (central Montana, central Idaho, and northern California), Leslie Marmon Silko (Pueblo-country, New Mexico), Larry McMurtry (Archer County, Texas), and N. Scott Momaday (south-central Oklahoma).