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Dear Ms. Holley,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Letters Received, 1805-1889 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes the files Report and Journal of Lieutenant Colonel Philip Saint George Cooke's March from Sante Fe, New Mexico to California, in Command of the Mormon Battalion and 2 references to the Oregon Trail that might be of interest to you. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com with questions about these records. More information about the Army of the West and the Mormon Battalion, that was responsible for building a wagon road to California during the 1840s, may be located in the Catalog.
Next, we located 22 series related to wagon roads in the 1840s and 1850s in various record groups that may contain some relevant information. Most of these records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each series description for assistance with the non-digitized records.
We also located the series Records of Early Select Committees, 1793-1909 in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (Record Group 233) and the series Committee Reports and Papers, 1816-1948 in the Records of the U.S. Senate (Record Group 46) that both include information about westward expansion. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these records.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1, LL, or other NARA reference units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Plus, The Latter-Day Saints' Emigrants' Guide by W. Clayton from 1848 is available online via Brigham Young University (BYU). More information about the BYU library’s Digital Collection of Trail Guides may be located on the website.
Finally, general information about measuring distances traveled in the 19th century may be located online on websites like Roadometer Counted Settlers' Distance Traveled, Frontier Odometers, and Traveling the Roads of Early America with Jefferson.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank YOU very much! This is a wonderful help!