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Additional info for Lewis & Clark: Weather and Climate Data from the Expedition Journals
The journal entries in this section are known as the Eastern Field Notes and came to light when the grandsons of Nicholas Biddle (the first editor of the Lewis and Clark Journals) discovered new documents in their grandfather’s personal notes. Milo Milton Quaife published these for the first time in 1916 and this section’s excerpts are drawn from that work, with some bracketed clarifications and footnotes from Moulton (1986 2: 65–143). To learn more about the history and publication of the journals, see Cutright (1976) and Moulton (1986 2: 8–48, 530–567).
At the top of each table, notations were made to distinguish whether the data are a combination of various Lewis and Clark journals or entries that were made separately. Occasional capitalization of certain letters, such as certain column titles, T for Thunder, C for Cloudy, and L for Lightning, was omitted. The titles used at the top of each column varied during the journey. This edition generally follows what was entered but organizes them consistently from table to table to assist the reader.
The most recent source, is the thirteen-volume edition published between 1986 and 2001 by Dr. Gary Moulton through the University of Nebraska Press. In addition to original journal entries, Jackson (1978) contains the largest collection of known letters and other documents related to the Expedition. The editorial procedures were designed to focus on the weather, water, and climate entries in the daily narratives of the two captains, the three sergeants, and one private, with an overall goal of incorporating all related entries into this edition.