There are many documents that the player can acquire throughout the game, such as letters that never reached their intended recipient, books, and notes.

Letters

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Letter to Uncle Lewis from Elijah Can be found on the corpse of a runaway slave random encounter, on the shore southwest of Shady Belle. Yes Yes
Lost Letter to Bonnie Can be looted from the corpse in the "washed ashore" random encounter near Flatneck Station. Yes Yes
Invitation from Mayor Lemieux Can be found at a post office after completing the mission "The Gilded Cage". Yes No
Second Invitation from Mayor Lemieux Can be found at a post office after completing the stranger mission "Idealism and Pragmatism for Beginners - II". Yes No
Letter to Nate from Momma Can be found in the Catfish Jacksons cabin during home robbery or during the mission "Money Lending and Other Sins V". Yes Yes
Letter to Edmund from Mother Can be obtained in the basement of Lucky's Cabin during the stranger mission "American Dreams". Yes Yes
Letter to the Editor Can be obtained in the basement of Lucky's Cabin during the stranger mission "American Dreams". Yes Yes
Letter to Martha from Garfield Can be obtained at Martha's Swain. Yes No
Letter to Garfield from Martha Can be found at Bolger Glade on Garfield, who is bayoneted against a tree. Yes No
Letter to Brother Rodolfo Can be obtained near the Sea Of Coronado from a corpse of a Jesuit Missonary, who is a point of interest. Yes No
Oil Company Letter to Cornwall During the mission "Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?", on the desk close to the door in Cornwall's private train carriage. Yes Yes
Mining Company Letter to Cornwall During the mission "Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?", on the desk in Cornwall's private train carriage. Yes Yes
Letter to Bronte from the Mayor During the mission "The Gilded Cage", found on the desk. Yes Yes
Lemoyne Raiders Letter Can be looted from a member of the Lemoyne Raiders. Yes No
Letter to Angelo Bronte During the mission "Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern", on the nightstand in the same room with the Gold Shield is in. Yes Yes
Letter from Cornwall Kerosene & Tar Can be found on the corpse at the foot of the Oil Derrick. Yes Yes
Letter to Henrietta Douglas Can be found in the lock box inside the abandoned mail wagon, southwest of Fort Wallace. Yes No
Letter to William Errington Can be found in the lock box inside the abandoned mail wagon, southwest of Fort Wallace. Yes No
Letter to the Saint Denis Times Tribune Can be found in the lock box inside the abandoned mail wagon, southwest of Fort Wallace. Yes No
Letter to Judge Finley Can be found in the lock box inside the abandoned mail wagon, southwest of Fort Wallace. Yes No
Letter to Miriam Wegner Can be found in the lock box inside the abandoned mail wagon, southwest of Fort Wallace. Yes No
Letter from St. Luke's Academy Can be looted from a worker at the Appleseed Timber Company before end of chapter 6 or completing all four stages of Appleseed Timber Company event area. Yes Yes
Letter from Charlotte Obtained during the Willard's Rest home robbery in chapter 6. Yes No
Letter to Curtis from M Obtained by looting Sheriff Curtis Malloy in Valentine. Yes No
Letter to the doctor from Donal Can be looted from the Valentine doctor. Yes No
Letter from 'Caroline' Obtained during the mission "Dear Uncle Tacitus". Yes No
Letter from Mary Can be taken from Arthur's tent during chapter 2. Yes No
Second Letter from Mary Can be taken from Arthur's room during chapter 4. Yes No
Goodbye Letter from Mary Received at the end of the mission "Goodbye, Dear Friend". Yes No
Letter to Zhou Yi from Zhou Wei Can be looted from the corpse of Zhou Yi in a camp Northeast of Armadillo. Yes No
Letter to Mr. Compson from Col. Nixon Can be taken during the stranger mission "The Iniquities of History". No Yes
Letter of Termination Can be taken during the stranger mission "The Iniquities of History". No Yes
Note to Jeremiah from Bill Can be taken during the stranger mission "The Iniquities of History". No Yes
Letter from Charles Châtenay Can be found at a post office after completing the stranger mission "The Artist’s Way". Yes No
Letter to Mayor Timmins from Belinda Can be found by looting Mayor Nicholas Timmins in Strawberry. Yes Yes
Letter to Anthony from Dad Can be looted from a male tourist in or around Strawberry Welcome Center in the morning. Yes No
Mine Share During the mission "Magicians for Sport", in Trelawny's caravan. Yes Yes
Letter from the Mayor's Office Can be collected from a post office if the player spares Jean Marc in the stranger mission "Idealism and Pragmatism for Beginners". Yes No
Note to Ma Can be looted from self-appointed law thugs in Van Horn. Yes No
Dear Annabella Poem Can be found in the Vetter's Echo cabin, just east of Pronghorn Ranch. Yes No
A Day's Walk Poem Can be found in the Vetter's Echo cabin, just east of Pronghorn Ranch. Yes No
Letter to Jim from Mildred Can be found on the doorstep of the Lenora View cabin, north of Strawberry, one in-game day after finding the Note from Jim. Yes No
Letter to Tom from Colm During the mission "Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow", can be looted from the final O'Driscoll during part two of the mission. No Yes
Telegram from Sadie Can be obtained during the mission "Motherhood" Yes No
Note from Robert Elliot Patchen Can be found underneath the Nevada hat, behind the waterfall at Granite Pass. Yes No
Letter to Annette from Claude Can be found on the corpse outside the Robard Farm cabin around Southfield Flats. Yes No
Mysterious Sermon Can be found on the desk inside Hani's Bethel. Yes No
Letter to Glen and Eddie from Momma Can be found at Clawson's Rest. Yes No
Letter to Pa Can be looted from any bank clerk, suggest looting bank clerk in Lemoyne National Bank. Yes No
Faded Letter Can be found in a chest on the islands to the northeast of Saint Denis & west of Sisika Penitentiary. Yes No
Letter to Bubba from Jillian Can be looted from some residents of Valentine or Strawberry. Yes No
Letter to Mother from Miles Can be looted from older female Blackwater townsfolk. Yes No
Letter to Jacob from Father Can be looted from older male Blackwater townsfolk. Yes No
Letter to Mandy Can be looted from male Blackwater townsfolk. Yes No
Letter to Alfred from Annabel Can be looted from rich male Blackwater townsfolk. Yes No
Letter to Alfred from Matilda Can be looted from rich male Blackwater townsfolk. Yes No
A letter from Penelope Can be taken from Arthur’s tent during chapter 6. Yes No
Electric Chair Blueprint During the stranger mission "The Mercies of Knowledge", can be looted from the body of the professor Andrew Bell III at the end of the mission. Yes Yes
Letter from Ms. Hobbs Received if the player completes first four "hunting request" stages before end of chapter 6. Yes Yes
Letter to Nigel from Tom Can be looted from a special character called "Gavin's friend" before attendance all encounters of him. Yes Yes
List of Accounts During mission the "Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten", found on the desk in Bronte's office. Yes Yes
Letter to Martin from Father Can be looted from any of the U.S. Army soldiers. Yes No
Letter from Theodore Levin Can be found at a post office after completing the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". Yes No
Letter from Tilly Can be obtained after the epilogue encounter with Tilly in Saint Denis. Yes No
Gray Family History Letter Can be found near the corpse of Tavish Gray, at the back of the Gray Family's mansion after completing the mission "Horse Flesh for Dinner". Yes No
Letter to Margaret from Arnold Can be looted from rich, female Rhodes townsfolk. Yes No
Letter from Scruffers & Co. Publishers Can be looted from rich male Rhodes townsfolk. Yes No
Letter from Scruffers & Co. Publishers Can be looted from rich female Rhodes townsfolk. Yes No
Letter from Scruffers & Co. Publishers Can be looted from rich male Saint Denis townsfolk near Bastille Saloon. Yes No
Letter from Miss Marjorie Received after completing the stranger mission "The Smell of the Grease Paint" and watching the live performance of Miss Marjorie and her troupe, then speak to the ticket taker. Yes No
Note to Mother Can be looted from older, rich female Saint Denis townsfolk. Yes No
Molly's Poem Can be found at the gang campsite. No No
Bill's Dishonorable Discharge Can be found at the gang campsite. No No
Letter from Lenny's Father Can be found at the gang campsite. No No
Letter to Herbert from Herberta Can be looted from Herbert Moon. Yes No
Letter to Micah from Amos Can be found at the gang campsite during chapter 4. No No
Beau's Letter Obtained during the mission "The Course of True Love I". No No
Penelope's Letter Obtained during the mission "The Course of True Love II". No No
Letter from Mr. Pearson Obtained during the mission "Further Questions of Female Suffrage". No No
Letter to Momma Can be looted from a man in Armadillo. Yes No
Unfinished Letter Can be looted on dumped cholera corpse, "Dead Bodies" chance encounter in Armadillo. Yes Yes

Notes

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Nite Folk Victim's Note Obtained during a random encounter by looting a hanging corpse. Yes Yes
Nite Folk Wagerer's Note Obtained during a random encounter by looting a hanging corpse.

Note: Sometimes, the note is not available in the game for unknown reasons.

Yes Yes
Saint Denis Trolley Rider's Digest Obtained at the train station in Saint Denis. Yes No
Murfree Brood Prisoner's Note Obtained during a random encounter by looting a hanging corpse.

Note: Sometimes, the note is not available in the game for unknown reasons.

Yes Yes
Murfree Brood Ransom Note Obtained during a random encounter by looting a hanging corpse.

Note: Sometimes, the note is not available in the game for unknown reasons.

Yes Yes
Note from Rance Can be taken during the stranger mission "The Iniquities of History". No Yes
Bluewater Marsh Coach Tip Obtained during the stranger mission "The Mercies of Knowledge". The note will disappear from the satchel after the player has completed the mission "Red Dead Redemption". No No
List of Debtors Obtained during the mission "Money Lending and Other Sins I". Yes No
Civil War Report Found in a chest in the basement of Fort Brennand, along with a gold nugget. Yes No
Theatre Ticket During mission "The Gilded Cage", talk to smoking people in the party. Yes Yes
Note from Jim Found on the doorstep of the Lenora View cabin, north of Strawberry. Yes No
Letter to Pa Can be looted from a rally member during any "Rally" chance encounter ("KKK" chance encounter). Yes Yes
Meeting Notes Can be looted from a rally member during any "Rally" chance encounter ("KKK" chance encounter). Yes Yes
Missing Person Poster Found outside the Old Light Saloon and referred to in an ambient camp conversation. Yes No
Experiment Notes 1 Found inside the cabin directly west of Van Horn, close to the railroad. The Manmade Mutant can also be found here, which is a point of interest. Yes No
Experiment Notes 2 Found inside the cabin directly west of Van Horn, close to the railroad. The Manmade Mutant can also be found here, which is a point of interest. Yes No
Experiment Notes 3 Found inside the cabin directly west of Van Horn, close to the railroad. The Manmade Mutant can also be found here, which is a point of interest. Yes No
Experiment Notes 4 Found inside the cabin directly west of Van Horn, close to the railroad. The Manmade Mutant can also be found here, which is a point of interest. Yes No
Note from the Sculptor Found on the corpse of the sculptor who hung himself at the Face in Cliff site, shoot the rope to make the body fall. Yes Yes
Watson's Scrapbook Page Found on the kitchen table during the third encounter of the Watson's Cabin home robbery, after you obtained the loot. You must come back after 1 in-game day to find it. Yes Yes
Telegram to Police Chief Lambert During mission the "Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten", found on the desk in Bronte's office. Yes Yes
Dutch's Speech Notes Can be found on a table beside a broken wagon near camp during chapter 2. Yes Yes
English Spelling Practice Found on a school desk at Fort Riggs, southwest of Riggs Station. Yes No
Wedding Certificate Found in the loot box on a crashed wagon at the base of the Monto's Rest cliff, just northeast of Strawberry. Yes Yes
Liability Agreement Can be taken from a table after completing the stranger mission "The Wisdom of the Elders". Yes Yes
Rare Orchids Order Yes No
Property Deed Can be obtain by defeating one of Cornwall's henchmen during the second encounter of the Central Union Railroad event area. No No
Shopping List Obtained during the mission "Further Questions of Female Suffrage". No No
Inventor's Note Can be obtained at Doverhill during the third encounter of the stranger mission "A Bright Bouncing Boy". Yes Yes
Inventor's Plan Can be obtained at Doverhill during the third encounter of the stranger mission "A Bright Bouncing Boy". Yes Yes
Norwegian Journal Page Can be found inside the chimney in the smaller cabin at Manzanita Post. Yes No

Books

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
True Tales of Frank Heck, No. 102 Can be taken on a nightstand in the shack near Lake Don Julio. Can also be found in Shady Belle once the camp has been established (chapter 4). Yes No
Hopes for the Future Given by Dr. MacIntosh, a special character found in Annesburg. Yes No
Farm, Field and Falconry Obtained during the stranger mission "Idealism and Pragmatism for Beginners". Yes No
The Lady of the Manor Obtained from Mary-Beth during the Epilogue encounter in Valentine. Yes No
Get Rich Quick Given by Timothy A. Donahue, a special character in a random encounter found in Saint Denis near the Bastille Saloon. Yes No
The Case of the Deceitful German Can be read at Hosea's tent. No No
The Case of the Shrew in the Fog On a coffee table inside the main house at Hagen Orchards. Yes No
Otis Miller and the Arabian Prince It is on a nightstand in Clawson's Rest. Yes No
Otis Miller and the Black-Hearted Lady It is on a nightstand in Osman Grove. Yes No
Otis Miller and the Boy from New York It is on a table in the abandoned schoolhouse near Pleasance. Yes No
Wild West Heroes. No. 132 It is on a nightstand in the house at Downes Ranch. Yes No
Wild Man's Journal Follow the Wild Man to his cave in the third encounter, kill the wolves and pick up a Wild Man's Journal. Yes Yes
Rambles through Woods and Plains Can be taken from Arthur's tent until chapter 6. Yes Yes
Zoological Compendium Can be taken from Arthur's tent until chapter 6. Yes Yes
Hopes for the Future Given by Dr. Malcolm MacIntosh, a special character in a random encounter found in Annesburg. Yes No
The American Inferno Can be read at Dutch's tent. No No
An American Eden Can be read at Dutch's tent. No No
Existence and Oblivion Can be read at Dutch's tent. No No
Diary Can be read during the stranger mission "The Iniquities of History". No No
America Obtained during the stranger mission "The American Inferno, Burnt Out". Yes No
The Castle Above the Glen Can be read at gang campsite. No No
The Castle Above the Moor Can be read at gang campsite. No No
The Castle in the Field of Lavender Can be read at gang campsite during chapter 4. No No
Mary-Beth's Notebook Can be read at gang campsite. No No
Jail Ledger Can be taken after hogtying or killing Sheriff Curtis Malloy. It is on Sheriff Curtis Malloy's desk in the Valentine Sheriff's Office. Yes No

Handbills

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Lake Lure Handbill Obtained during the mission "The New South" or after buying the lake lure. Yes No
Swamp Lure Handbill Obtained after buying the swamp lure. Yes No
River Lure Handbill Obtained after buying the river lure. Yes No
Special Lake Lure Handbill Obtained after triggering the stranger mission "A Fisher of Fish" and buying the special lake lure. Yes No
Special Swamp Lure Handbill Obtained after triggering the stranger mission "A Fisher of Fish" and buying the special swamp lure. Yes No
Special River Lure Handbill Obtained after triggering the stranger mission "A Fisher of Fish" and buying the special river lure. Yes No
Eugenics Handbill Given by Professor Norris Forsythe, a special character found in Saint Denis. Yes No
Chelonian Handbill Given by Anders Helgerson, a special character in Saint Denis to Arthur Morgan only. Yes Yes
Charity Handbill Can be taken from Thomas Downes's table, a special character in Valentine between the beginning of chapter 2 and after mission "Americans at Rest" (can meet him only one time, before or after mission "Americans at Rest"). Yes Yes

Drawings

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Jack's Drawing Reward for completing Jack's item request (Abigail's thimble) during chapter 2. Yes Yes
Charles Châtenay's Sketch Given by Charles Châtenay during the stranger mission "The Artist's Way". Yes No
Son's Drawing Can be looted from the Rhodes gunsmith (Some people have problems finding this as John). Yes Yes

Business Cards

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Phineas's Business Card Given by Phineas T. Ramsbottom after triggering the stranger mission "Smoking and other Hobbies". Yes No
Algernon's Business Card Given by Algernon Wasp if the player saves him in the mission "The Gilded Cage" or can be obtained by triggering the stranger mission "Duchesses and other Animals". Yes No
Jeremy's Business Card Given by Jeremy Gill after triggering the stranger mission "A Fisher of Fish". Yes No

Newspaper Scraps

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Grave Newspaper Clipping Can be found on the table inside the Planters Baun cabin. Yes No
Newspaper scrap Can be found inside the Old Harry Fen shack. Yes No
Micah Newspaper Scrap Can be found in Micah's camp after completing the mission "An American Pastoral Scene". Yes No
Blackwater Ledger Scrap Can be found in Micah's camp after completing the mission "An American Pastoral Scene". Yes No
Bennett Brothers Newspaper Scrap Can be looted from the prospector near Butcher Creek, Percy Whitsickle at Central Union Railroad Camp or from the residents of Annesburg. Yes No
First Bank Robbery Newspaper Scrap Can be found at the gang campsite. No No
New England Examiner Scrap Can be found at the gang campsite during chapter 4. No No
The Imperialist of London Scrap Can be found at the gang campsite during chapter 3. No No
Norwegian Newspaper Scrap Can be looted from residents of Manzanita Post. Yes No

Photographs

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Family Photograph Can be found under the floorboard inside the Old Harry Fen shack. Yes No
Wolves Photograph Obtained during the stranger mission "Arcadia for Amateurs". Yes Yes
Bride Photograph Found on the corpse of Jim chance encounter, close to the crashed wagon at the base of the Monto's Rest cliff, just northeast of Strawberry. Yes Yes
Billy Midnight Photograph Received during the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". No No
Black Belle Photograph Received during the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". No No
Emmet Granger Photograph Received during the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". No No
Flaco Hernandez Photograph Received during the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". No No
Slim Grant Photograph Received during the stranger mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman". Yes No
Erotic Photograph 1 Obtained inside a chest with Otis Miller's Revolver at Rattlesnake Hollow. Yes No
Erotic Photograph 2 Obtained inside a chest with Otis Miller's Revolver at Rattlesnake Hollow. Yes No
Erotic Photograph 3 Obtained inside a chest with Otis Miller's Revolver at Rattlesnake Hollow. Yes No
Erotic Photograph 4 Obtained inside a chest with Otis Miller's Revolver at Rattlesnake Hollow. Yes No
Erotic Photograph 5 Obtained inside a chest with Otis Miller's Revolver at Rattlesnake Hollow. Yes No
Norwegian Photo Can be found in the floorboards inside the Manzanita Post. Yes No
Arthur's Father Can be found at Arthur's tent. No No
Arthur's Dog Can be found at Arthur's tent. No No
Hosea, Dutch, Arthur Can be found at Arthur's tent. No No
Young Mary & Arthur Photograph Received at the end of the mission "Goodbye, Dear Friend". Yes No
Angelo Bronte Photograph Can be found in Bronte's mansion. No No

Bounty Posters

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Bounty Poster - Wilson J. McDaniels Obtained during the stranger mission "The Mercies of Knowledge". Yes No
Dutch's Wanted Poster Can be found in Micah's camp after completing the mission "An American Pastoral Scene". Yes No
Gideon Bennett Bounty Poster Can be taken from post office in Annesburg. Yes No
Bounty Poster - Mr Black & Mr White Can be taken during the stranger mission "The Ties That Bind Us". Yes / No (depends on player's choice) No
Javier's Bounty Poster Can be found at the gang campsite during chapter 4. No No

Maps

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Legendary Animal Map Given during the mission "Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego". Yes No
Pieced Together Map Obtained by completing all three "Murder Scene" chance encounters. Yes No
Panoramic Map Found on frozen bodies encounter near Colter. Yes No
Sketched Map Found in the chimney of Reed Cottage. Yes No
Legendary Fish Map Given during the stranger mission "A Fisher of Fish". Yes No

Treasure Maps

Name Location Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Chick's Treasure Map Received during the mission "Money Lending and Other Sins II". Yes No
Torn Treasure Map 1 Found in a drawer inside the cabin of the hermit woman near the source of Little Creek River, or inside the cottage of the special character Hermit at Manito Glade, north of Annesburg (disappear after combine with the Torn Treasure Map 2). No No
Torn Treasure Map 2 Found in a drawer inside the cabin of the hermit woman near the source of Little Creek River, or inside the cottage of the special character Hermit at Manito Glade, north of Annesburg (disappear after combine with the Torn Treasure Map 1). No No
Mended Map Obtained after the player found the Torn Treasure Map 1 and the Torn Treasure Map 2. Yes No
High Stakes Treasure Map 1 Can be obtained by looting or picking up the map from a man during a random encounter found between Diablo Ridge and Riggs Station. Yes No
High Stakes Treasure Map 2 Can be found under the waterfall at Cumberland Falls. Yes No
High Stakes Treasure Map 3 Can be found at Barrow Lagoon. Yes No
Jack Hall Gang Map 1 Can be obtained from Máximo during the stranger mission "All That Glitters" or a fence. Yes No
Jack Hall Gang Map 2 Can be found at Caliban's Seat. Yes No
Jack Hall Gang Map 3 Can be found at Cotorra Springs. Yes No
The Poisonous Trail Map 1 Can be found inside a lock box at Cairn Lodge. Yes No
The Poisonous Trail Map 2 Can be found at Face Rock in Scarlett Meadows. Yes No
The Poisonous Trail Map 3 Can be found east of Mossy Flats. Yes No
The Elemental Trail Map 1 Can be found on the shores of the Sea of Coronado, southwest of Tumbleweed. There will be a corpse hanging from a cliff, shooting the rope and looting the body will get the map. Yes No
The Elemental Trail Map 2 Can be looted from the chimney in Greenhollow. Yes No
The Elemental Trail Map 3 At Benedict Point, there’s a gutter on stilts running from a water tank on the hillside to the train tracks, for refilling train boilers. Following the gutter leads the player to the front of the water tower, which they can search. Yes No
Le Tresor des Morts Map 1 Can be found in the jailhouse, in Limpany, near a dead prisoner, for players that have pre-ordered the digital version, or own the Special/Ultimate edition. Yes No
Le Tresor des Morts Riddle Note Can be found in an underground area that can be accessed from the docks in Saint Denis after the player has found Le Tresor des Morts Map 1, for players that have pre-ordered the digital version, or own the Special/Ultimate edition. Yes No

Invitations

Name Is it possible to keep as a player's document? Missable?
Invitation from Ms.Hobbs Can be obtained at the post office after completing all hunting requests. Yes No
Invitation from Jeremy Gill Can be obtained at the post office After catching all of the legendary fish. Yes No
Invitation from Francis Sinclair Can be obtained at the post office after finding all the Rock Carvings. Yes No
Invitation from Deborah MacGuiness Can be obtained at the post office after finding all the Dinosaur Bones. Yes No

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