Introduction to American West
What is American West?
American West is a wide-ranging digital resource presenting a unique insight into the history of the development of the West as well as its enduring legacies. From the earliest, pioneering expeditions that discovered and mapped the West to the growth of industry and settlements, through a range of rare and important documents it is possible to explore the commercial, cultural and social factors that made the West what it was and is.
Through items such as maps, manuscripts, journals, rare printed books, periodicals, photographs and more, the appeal of the 'wild' West to explorers, emigrants and workers is brought to life, as shifting epochs brought new opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing country. The development of the popular image of the West can be charted with material depicting the 'Wild West' shows, famous outlaws and pioneer personalities, while the clash of cultures that was often a feature of life in the burgeoning United States is represented through a wealth of documents relating to the Mormon exodus and Native American contact.
Within this resource you can use the chronology and data maps to discover fascinating facts and events in the history of the American West and view visual resources in bespoke, searchable galleries.
Learn more about these areas of the resource on the following Take a Tour pages.