The journals, diaries, and commonplace papers of George Champlin Sibley.

Items in this section are transcripts. Scans of the originals will be uploaded (whenever possible) at a future date. Transcripts were created by Lindenwood University undergraduate students and historian Kate Gregg.

While the folks that transcribed these papers had every intention of being accurate, oftentimes there ARE errors. If you intend on citing a particular letter, it is recommended that you look at the original first before quoting from them!

History

Prior to helping his wife start Lindenwood Female College, George Sibley briefly served as Assistant Factor at Fort Bellefontaine, near St. Louis. Later, he became Factor of the U.S. trading post at Fort Osage (1808-1822) until the government closed the system down.

From 1822 to 1825, Sibley unsuccessfully tried to start a private trading post in proximity to Fort Osage, while serving as Postmaster General for the region.

As trade between the frontier of the United States grew with Mexico, the government appointed Sibley, along with Benjamin Reeves and Thomas Mather to survey a road to Santa Fe (1825-1827). Part of their responsibilities was to negotiate treaties with Native Americans along the route, to guarantee safe passage for Americans while they travelled to Santa Fe.

Upon finishing the survey, George and Mary Sibley moved to St. Charles, Missouri. While Mary was the driving force behind the creation of Lindenwood College, due to the limitations placed on women at the time, George helped whenever he could.

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Submissions from 1849

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Commonplace Book No.6, From January 1, 1849 to December 31, 1850, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1847

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Commonplace Book No.5, from January 1, 1847 to December 31, 1848, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1845

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Commonplace Book No.4, from January 1, 1845 to December 31, 1846, George Sibley

Submissions from 1844

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Commonplace Book No.3, from January 1, 1844 to December 31, 1844, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1839

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1839 to 1840 Missouri Internal Improvement Minutes, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1834

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Diary No. 8 from May 5, 1827 to July 21, 1834, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1826

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Diary No. 5 from January 1 to March 31, 1826, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1825

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Diary No. 4 from October to November, 1825, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1818

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Loose page from George Sibley Commonplace Journal, September 17, 1818, George Champlin Sibley

Submissions from 1811

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Diary No. 2 from May 7, 1808 to September 3, 1811, George Champlin Sibley

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Loose Pages from George Sibley Diary, May 4, 1811, George Champlin Sibley