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Papers of the St. Louis Fur Trade

Location: Microfilm F 474 S253 P3 1991


This collection is comprised of three parts:

Part 1. The Chouteau collection, 1752-1925.  The Chouteau family was a leading family in St. Louis whose primary business was the fur trade.  The letters in the collection primarily concern business matters. The collection is one half in French. There are some translations and abstracts in English.

Part 2. Fur company ledgers and account books, 1802-1871.  The ledgers are written mostly in French and remain un-translated.

Part 3. Robert Campbell family collection from the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. Robert Campbell was a fur trapper and businessman in St. Louis.  He was also a real friend to Indians.  He was Chouteau’s primary competition.  The letters and business accounts in this collection are in English.

Researchers might also want to consult:

Foley, William E. The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1983. General Collection F 474 S2 A24 1983

How to search the collection

There are two guides (mainly reel indexes) to the collection. There is no subject index.  Part 2 has its own index on reel 23.


Guide to the Microfilm Edition of  Papers of the St. Louis Fur Trade: Part 1: The Chouteau Collection, 1752-1925; Part 2: Fur Company Ledgers and Account Books, 1802-1871. (Microfilm F 474 S253 P3 1991 pt.1-2 Guide)

Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Papers of the St. Louis Fur Trade: Part 3: Robert Campbell Family Collection from the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. (Microfilm F 474 S253 P3 1991 pt.3 Guide).

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

Chouteau family.

Campbell, Robert, 1804-1879.

Fur trade -- West (U.S.) -- History.

Saint Louis (Mo.) -- Commerce.

Saint Louis (Mo.) -- History.

Time Period: 18th Century   19th Century   20th Century  

Subject keywords: Business and Economics, Missouri - History