The following resources were referenced concerning these projects:

Ario, Tom, Gambolin; Man blog Royal Gorge: The First Annual Russell Towle Memorial Backpacking Trip Into His Favorite Wilderness – the North Fork American River Paradise, 2009.
Aunger, Robert, Curtis, Valerie, The Anatomy of Motivation: An Evolutionary- Ecological Approach, Biological Theory, 2013, vol 8, pg 49-63
Bagley, Will, So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 (Overland West), University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University, 2010.
Breen, Patrick, Manuscript Diary. One of three known journals (Tamsen Donner and Lewis Keseberg’s diaries were lost and destroyed respectively) kept by a member of the Donner Party during the winter of 1846-47 at Truckee Lake. Transcribed and published in many later works. Available online in original manuscript at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library.
Brink, Susan, What Happens to the Body and Mind When Starvation Sets In?, NPR, 2016
Brown, Daniel James, The Indifferent Stars Above, William Morrow (imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), 2009
Bryant, Edwin, What I Saw in California, Kristin Johnson’s New Light On The Donner Party Site, 1985, originally published by D. Appleton & Company, 1848; includes Sinclair’s statement based on Eddy’s journal, and an early transcription of Breen’s Diary.
Buck, Donald E., Development of Emigrant Trail Research in the Truckee–Donner Pass Region in the Post-Weddell Era of California
Burns, Ric, The Donner Party, documentary for the PBS series The American Experience. The program is available on DVD from The American Experience.
Burunat, Enrique, Love Is a Physiological Motivation (Like Hunger, Thirst, Sleep or Sex), Medical Hypotheses, ScienceDirect, Elsevier, 2019.
Bush, Diane, Western American Literature, Utah State University, Logan, UT, book review: Searching for Tamsen Donner, Burton, Gabrielle, Lincoln University of Nebraska Press, 2009
California-Nevada Chapter of the Oregon California Trails Association
Curran, Harold, Fearful crossing: The central overland trail through Nevada, Great Basin Press, Limited First Edition, 1982; Las Vegas: Nevada Publications,1982; first rev. ed., 1987
DePuy, David, Johnson Ranch materials, Donner Summit Historical Society, 2020
Dixon, Kelly J. and Schablitsky, Julie M. and Novak, Shannon A., An Archaeology of Despration, Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp, University of Oklahoma Press, 2011. Available online.
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Donner Summit Historical Society
Duncan, Don, The Unluckiest Emigrants, Newspaper Reports of the Donner Party (1846-1847).
Eaddy, Vanik S., PhD, William H. Eddy of the Donner Party. 
Eley, Thomas, Book Review of Schutt, Bill, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, Algonquin Books, 2017. xviii and 352 pp., notes of April 2018 pages 85-87 
Enss, Chris, Wild Women: The Sorrowful Teacher, Mary Graves-Clark, Cowgirl Life, November 1, 2017.
Farnham, Elizabeth, California, In-doors and out, (1856). Available online – republished in K. Johnson’s Unfortunate Emigrants, 1996, Utah State University USU Press and at the Library of Congress American Memory Collection.
Krizek, John, Tyler, Kit, Saunders, Miles, Forgotten Journey, The Stephens Townsend Murphy Saga, The First Wagon Train to California Went Over Donner Summit – 1844, DVD, Forgotten Journey Productions, 2004.
Gibbons, Bond, The Itch to Move West, National Geographic, Vol. 170, No. 2, August 1986.
Graydon, Charles K., Trail of the First Wagons Over the Sierra Nevada, The Patrice Press, 1986, USGS topographic maps and photographs; diary accounts to verify the trail location.
Grayson, Donald K., Differential Mortality and the Donner Party Disaster, Evolutionary Anthropology 1994 p. 151-159
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Hardesty, Donald L., The Archaeology of the Donner Party, University of Neveda Press, 1997.Available online. 
Hastings, Lansford, The Emigrants Guide to Oregon and California, originally published in 1845, reprinted by Applewood Books, Bedford, MA. Available online at the University of Virginia’s American Studies hypertext collection.
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Higgins, E. Tory, Beyond Pleasure and Pain, How Motivation Works, Oxford University Press, 2012. Available online.
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Houghton, Eliza Donner, The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate, University of Nebraska Press, 1997, is a reprint of the long out of print history by one of the surviving Donner girls. Available online at the Library of Congress American Memory Collection. As the author was only three at the time of the events, her book is actually based on stories told her by her older sisters and half-sisters. Some of her notes of those stories have been published elsewhere, notably in The Dogtown Territorial Quarterly.
International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Starvation – several abstracts of scientific studies and research, 2008.
Jefferson, T.H., Map of the Emigrant Road – Independence, Missouri to San Francisco, California, 1849
Johnson, Kristin, ed., Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party, Utah State University Press, 1996; includes 1871 articles by Reed and McCutchen, William Graves’ 1877, Virginia Reed’s Century Magazine, Eliza Farnham’s 1856 and Thornton’s chapters related to the Donners. Annotated with reference to Morgan, Stewart and other authorities. Available online.
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King, Joseph A., Winter of Entrapment, 3rd edition, K&K Publication, P.D. Meany published the book in 1992, and the 2d edition in 1994.
King, Joseph, William G. Murphy’s Lecture and Two Letters to Mrs. Houghton, and with Jack Steed, Newly-Discovered Documents on the Donner Party: The Donner Girls Tell Their Story, Dogtown Territorial Quarterly, Bill Penny Anderson, publishers, Paradise, California, 1996 Summer Issue # 26, originally published in the Marysville Appeal, Sunday, February 9, 1896. The Dogtown Territorial Quarterly is available online.
Kolb, Charles C., The Archaeology of the Donner Party, Journal of American Culture, Bowling Green, vol. 21, Iss 1 (Spring, 1998): pp 90-92
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McLaughlin, Mark, The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm, MicMac Publishing, 2007.
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Oudegeest, Bill, What Do We Do Now?, Donner Summit Historical Society Newsletter, October, 2011 issue #38
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Robie, Wendell T., Searls Historical Library, Nevada City, CA, 1935, A Centennial Year Proposal Concerning the Old Emigrant Road
Rosen, Daniel M., Donner Party Diary
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