The Manuscript Division has a series of records from the Russian-American company (1799-1881) which are part of the Yudin collection. The Russian-American Company, established in 1799 by Emperor Paul I, was a chartered company with the aim of establishing settlements in North America (chiefly Alaska and California) and conducting trade with local indigenous tribes. The collection can be requested in the Manuscript Reading Room. In addition to being microfilmed, this collection has been digitized in full as part of the Meeting of Frontiers project, an extensive digital collection sponsored by the Library of Congress. The project tells the parallel stories of American exploration of the West and Russian exploration of Siberia and the Far East, expeditions that culminated in the meeting of these two nations in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
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