To the Western
Trails Project, a four-state collaboration of cultural heritage
institutions, Wichita State University Libraries, Department of
Special Collections has contributed over 950 images of text from
the manuscript trading post account journals of Wichita founder
James R. Mead and four immigrant
post account journals record the business transactions between fur
traders, settlers, and Native Americans as they hunted and trapped
in south central Kansas primarily between 1864 and 1867. The economic
interaction recorded on the edge of the frontier offers researchers
and students a glimpse into the social, economic and entrepreneurial
history of both Kansas and the American West.
guides span the years 1859 to 1899, the formative years of Kansas'
settlement. Information contained in each book includes description
of geographic features, soil fertility, weather, roads, trails and
of both formats was accomplished via scanning on a Microtek ScanMaker
9800XL scanner. The files were saved as TIFF images, and deriative
access and thumbnail images for Web viewing were created from the
master TIFF image. Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices
were followed. In the early stages of the project, digitization
of already existing microfilm of the account journals was explored;
however, it was found that the microfilm did not produce acceptable
Services department of the Wichita State University Libraries created
the MARC records for each journal and rare book in the project.
have been made to transcribe the journals or use OCR technology
at this time.