Memoirs and Diaries from the Indiana Frontier


We have a number of memoirs and diaries/journals from people who traveled in or settled in early Indiana, many of which can be found at the linked pages below.


Indiana Biographies & Memoirs

Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad (1880)

Eggleston, George C., Life in Early Indiana (1910)

Esarey, Logan (PhD), ed., The Pioneers of Morgan County; Memoirs of Noah J. Major (1915)


Indiana Cultural History

Smith, Oliver H., Early Indiana Trials and Sketches (1858)


Indiana Explorers & Travelers

Lindley, Harlow, Indiana as Seen by Early Travelers; a collection of reprints from books of travel, letters and diaries prior to 1830 (1916)


Indiana Native Americans

Gipson, Lawrence H., ed., The Moravian Indian Mission on White River: diaries and letters, May 5, 1799, to November 12, 1806 (1938)

Hopkins, Gerard T., A Mission to the Indians, from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne in 1804, compiled by Tyson, Martha in 1862 (1862)


Indiana Religion

Williams, William, Journal of the Life, Travels, and Gospel Labours of William Williams, dec., a Minister of the Society of Friends, late of White-Water, Indiana (1828)


Indiana Social History

Federal Writers Project, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves: Indiana Narratives (1941)

Gillmore, Parker, Prairie Farms and Prairie Folk (1872)

Macdonald, Donald, The Diaries of Donald Macdonald, 1824-1826 (1942)


Indiana War & Military

Walker, Adam, A Journal of Two Campaigns of the Fourth Regiment of the U.S. Infantry in the Michigan and Indiana Territories, under the Command of Col. John P. Boyd, and Lt. Col. James Miller during the years 1811 & 12 (1816)


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