Robert Dunlap Clarke Papers, 1867-1868

Overview of the Collection

Clarke, Robert Dunlap
Robert Dunlap Clarke Papers
1867-1868 (inclusive)
.25 cubic ft. (1 box)
Collection Number
1867 and 1868 diaries with transcripts of the U.S. Army paymaster who was stationed along the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming and Montana.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Dunlap Clarke traveled along the Bozeman Trail in 1867 and 1868 as United States Army paymaster for the forts along the Trail. Clarke was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Kenyon College, Ohio. He married Mary Evans Willson with whom he had three children: Alpheus, Sarah Robertina, and Eliza Willson. Eliza Willson Clarke married Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh who was killed during the White River Ute war of 1879. Major Clarke lived in Washington D.C. after retiring from the army. He is buried in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains two diaries kept by Clarke from October to November 1867, and from May to July 1868, while he was traveling as paymaster to Forts Phil Kearny, Fetterman, and Reno in present-day Wyoming and Fort C.F. Smith in present-day Montana. Clarke drew sketches of the forts and surrounding areas in his diaries, and in the back of the 1867 diary he transcribed personal anecdotes and myths and history of the Sioux and other Plains tribes told to him by Nicholas Janis, guide for the party. The collection also contains three photoprints of drawings of Fort Omaha by Clarke, a drawing of Fort Omaha by fellow army officer Albert G. Brackett, and some items regarding Major Thornburgh.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restriction: Transcripts and photocopies for research use

Photoprints of the sketches and transcripts and photocopies of the diaries have been provided for research use as the originals are in fragile condition.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Robert Dunlap Clarke Papers, Collection Number 10451, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this entire collection are available at:

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Robert Dunlap Clarke at the date of processing.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D.C. Thompson in 1998

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Diary, 1867Return to Top

Container(s): Box Safe Folder

Diary, 1868Return to Top

Container(s): Box Safe Folder

Additional Container ListsReturn to Top

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Container(s) Description

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Indians of North America -- Anecdotes

Personal Names

  • Brackett, Albert G. (Albert Gallatin), 1829-1896.
  • Janis, Nicholas

Geographical Names

  • Fort C.F. Smith (Mont.)
  • Fort Fetterman (Wyo.)
  • Fort Omaha (Neb.)
  • Fort Phil Kearny (Wyo.)
  • Fort Reno (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming -- History -- To 1899

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries