What would a writer be without her reference books?
Here are some wonderful reference and research books I’ve found helpful.
(Note: These are Amazon links but you can also find these titles at other retailers. I’ve omitted ISBNs because each title is available in various editions.)
80 Godey’s Full-Color Fashion Plates (1838-1880), edited by JoAnne Olian
Bleed, Blister and Purge: A History of Medicine on the American Frontier, Volney Steele, M.D.
Covered Wagon Women, Volume 1: Diaries & Letters From The Western Trails, 1840-1849, Kenneth L. Holmes and Anne M. Butler
Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865: The Diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon, Sarah Raymond Herndon and Mary Barmeyer O’Brien
Heart of the Trail: The Stories of Eight Wagon Train Women, Mary Barmeyer O’Brien
Ladies First: history’s greatest trailblazers, winners and mavricks, Lynn Santa Lucia
The Calamity Papers: Western Myths and Cold Cases, Dale L. Walker
The Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman
Western Words: A Dictionary of the Old West, Ramon F. Adams