Authors Wanted for Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journals

The Journal is an academic peer-review publication intended to further the knowledge base and discussion of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era and provide an avenue for researchers to showcase their work.

Papers will be judged on the merit of their contents and not on the credentials of the author. So all professionals, non-professionals, students or just hobbyists are encouraged to submit papers.

However, all papers will be judged equally on an academic standard that emphasizes accurate, original, thorough, and rigorous presentation of a theory. Peer reviewers will be used to ensure quality and relevance of work. The Journal will debut each year during Green River Rendezvous Days, the second full weekend in July.

Deadline for papers to be considered for publication in the Journal is September 1 each year although papers are accepted anytime. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit a paper or sign-up to be a reviewer. Click to view Reviewer Guidelines.  Click to download Reviewer application.  Please feel free to contact the editor ( for advice. Before submitting a paper, please review the Writer’s Guidelines.


The impact of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era on the young United States of America was tremendous. By leading the way for the largest voluntary mass migrations in history, the mountain man helped expand the United States from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. It produced the first truly American iconic figure, the mountain man, who captures the American imagination even today. The mountain man helped introduce the world to the Plains Indians, whose buffalo-based culture also became an American icon.

The golden years of the Rocky Mountain fur trade can be traced to March 1824, when Jed Smith led a party of trappers into the Green River Valley, finding an abundance of beaver and no hostile Indians. The mountain man, rendezvous, and overland supply system followed this discovery and ultimately characterized the classic Rocky Mountain fur trade era. The rendezvous of 1840 was the last rendezvous of the golden era. Fur trade in the mountains existed before this time and after, but these dates bracket the unique period of the fur trade based on the rendezvous system.

While the definition of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era is fairly limited, the subject matter acceptable for publication is quite broad. Subject areas not directly related to the era but adding new insight are encouraged. In general any subject that led up to, was contemporary in time or place, was affected by, or had an effect on the Rocky Mountain fur trade era is encouraged.

In addition to historical research, hands-on experiments and research that give insight into the era are also encouraged. Experimental techniques and data should be well documented and backed up with pertinent historical research.

See Writer’s Guidelines for more details on acceptable subjects.

All papers that pass preliminary review will be forwarded to three peer reviewers picked for their knowledge of the subject. The purpose of peer review is to check for accuracy and thoroughness of research and to make recommendations for improvement. Refer to Peer Reviewer Guidelines for an overview. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer, please submit a Peer Reviewer Application.  Peer reviewers are not prohibited from submitting papers of their own.


  • September 1 – Papers Due
  • September through December – Peer Reviews & paper revisions
    • Preliminary review by staff to select a first cut of 20 papers
    • Peer reviewers selected for each paper
    • Peer review of up to 20 papers
    • Work with Editor to improve papers based on peer reviews
  • January through April – Planning & Publication
    • Editorial Board selects up to 10 papers for publication
    • Notification of authors to be published, invitation to forum
    • Layout & design of Journal
  • July (2nd full weekend) – Green River Rendezvous Days
    • Journal available for purchase
    • Recetion and Awards presentation
  • March – Call for papers for next years Journal

The Editorial Board will provide direction and advice on content to ensure that the publication adheres to high academic standards.

  • Advise on structure and standards for the Journal
  • Help select appropriate scholars to conduct peer reviews for each paper
  • Based on peer reviews, will choose up to 10 papers to be published in the Journal.
  • Review and final approve Journal before publication

Jim Hardee is the Editor of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. He has served as Director of the Fur Trade Research Center since 1998. He is the Museum Factor for the American Mountain Men Association and is the former President of the Jedediah Smith Society.

Angie Thomas, JD, University of Wyoming, Executive Director at the Museum of the Mountain Man and is the Managing Editor of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. She also arranges all photo use rights for the Journal.

Fred R. Gowans, PhD, professor emeritus of Western American history, Brigham Young University, is the Historian in Residence of the Museum of the Mountain Man.

Laurie Hartwig, BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the Director of the Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man.

Clint Gilchrist is a consulting editor.

Sue Sommers handles all layout, design and presentation of the Journal.

For more information on the Journal, download the supporting documents linked on the side bar or contact the Museum of the Mountain Man, PO Box 909, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941 – Email: – Phone: 877-686-6266