Western History Collections
CHEROKEE NATION MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS
Boudinot, Frank J.
Printed materials 1893-1910
Politician. Typescripts of newspaper editorials and articles (1893-1910)
regarding the activities of Boudinot, an attorney and political leader in the
Cherokee Nation and the Keetoowah Society.
View the Frank J. Boudinot Collection Inventory
Boudinot, W. P. (d. 1898)
Printed materials 1870-1899
Editor. Typescripts of articles (1870-1899), by or about W. P. Boudinot,
from various Cherokee Indian newspapers and relating to the Indian policy of
the federal government, the Cherokee Orphan Asylum, land transfers, and
railroads in Indian Territory.
View the W. P. Boudinot Collection Inventory
Bushyhead, Dennis Wolfe (1826-1898)
Indian chief. Correspondence (1879-1897); annual messages (1879-1882);
speeches (1879-1887); an autobiography (1880); proclamations (1879-1885); and
other papers (1879-1922) relating to political matters in which Bushyhead was
involved as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1879-1887, and a
representative to the Dawes Commission, and to the controversies growing out of
the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association's operations.
View the Dennis Wolfe Bushyhead Collection Inventory
Carselowey, James Manford
Historian. A manuscript (1883) containing instructions to the Cherokee
National Council's Washington, D.C., delegation as approved by D. W. Bushyhead,
principal chief; a typescript concerning a flowing oil well brought in during
1859 in the Cherokee Nation; and correspondence (1937) describing the history
of Grand River Dam in Oklahoma.
View the James Manford Carselowey Collection Inventory
Municipality. Minutes of the
View the Chelsea, Indian Territory, Town Records Collection Inventory
Cherokee Nation Papers
Indian tribe. Official correspondence, letter press books, reports,
chiefs' messages, speeches of delegates, proceedings, laws, court decisions,
acts, leases, election returns, registers of removal claims, and clippings
related to the affairs of the Cherokee Nation. Specifically included are groups
of records and papers related to the Cherokee Advocate (1869-1906); the
Cherokee Boundary Survey (1871-1873); the Cherokee census (1868-1901); the
Cherokee Outlet (1871-1896); citizenship (1856-1904); the Creek War or the
William Cobb murder case (1880-1885); the Dawes Commission (1894-1907);
delegations, agents and attorneys (1816-1910); the Eastern (North CarOnline
Cataloga) Cherokee (1871-1906); education (1856-1906); elections (1856-1901);
the Insane Asylum (1874-1907); intruders (1868-1902); legislative affairs
(1837-1905); licenses, permits and fees (1856-1902); U.S. - Cherokee disputes
(1874-1899); executive documents (1801-1909); financial records (1868-1909);
national officers (1856-1902); the national prison and high sheriff
(1870-1900); Old Settlers (1875-1902); pardons and commutations (1876-1897);
per capita payments (1875-1902); railroads (1866-1900); rewards and
extraditions (1877-1888); smallpox (1882-1900); suspensions (1877-1896); town
lots (1858-1911); the Vann murder case (1879-1881); Cherokee Nation printed
documents (1801-1982); Stand and Sarah C. Watie papers (1832-1881); Ridge and
Boudinot family papers (1835-1890); James Madison Bell papers (1836-1908);
general correspondence (1836-1908); Cherokee Treaty Fund claims (1837-1850);
Civil War records (1861-1866); and general documents (1824-1893).
The Cherokee Nation Papers inventory is available in published form. Click here to view citation.
Foreman, Stephen (1807-1881)
Missionary. Typescripts of Foreman's journals (1862-1868) describing life
in the Cherokee Nation during the Civil War, along with letters (1864-1881)
written by Foreman regarding the same, and letters (1837-1881) to members of
the Foreman family.
View the Stephen Foreman Collection Inventory
Collector. Photocopies of documents (1864-1875) relating to the
View the Pat Gomes Collection Inventory
Griffitts, James Addison (1859-1931)
Minister. Publications (1907-1940), including The Christian Workers Magazine, booklets produced by the American Friends (Quakers) regarding an African mission and national service efforts, and one textbook used at the Friends Hillside Mission in Indian Territory and Oklahoma; and minutes (1906-1907) of the ministry and oversight meetings held at the Friends mission at Vera, Indian Territory. The minutes of only two meetings are recorded. The collection also includes a biographical sketch of Griffitts. View the James Addison Griffitts Collection Inventory
Harris, C. Johnson (1856-ca. 1922)
Printed materials 1892-1922
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles (1892-1922) on Cherokee
Nation governmental issues such as allotment, the Dawes Commission, land
transfers, and tribal politics during Harris's tenure as chief of the Cherokees
and his service in the Cherokee senate.
View the C. Johnson Harris Collection Inventory
Hendricks, James R. (b. 18l7)
Judge. General and family correspondence (1865-1902); notebooks and
journals (1862-1887); speeches (1866-1888); and legal documents (1859-1894)
dealing with the Cherokee National Party, the Cherokee Nation Blind Asylum,
pensions, and Cherokee Indian medicines.
View the James R. Hendricks Collection Inventory
Hewes, Leslie (1906-1999)
Papers 1901-1912, 1928-1998
Geography professor. Research notes and township maps (ca. 1937) of the
Cherokee Nation of
Hill, George Washington (1834-1925)
Merchant. Land titles and deeds (1858-1879) from Georgia and the Cherokee
Nation, Indian Territory; an admission ticket to the 1900 Democratic Party
national convention, and minutes (1900) of the Vinita, Indian Territory,
Democratic Club; an election poll list and tally sheet (1907) from Vinita,
Indian Territory, and one court document (1886) of the Cooweescoowee District
Court, Cherokee Nation.
View the George Washington Hill Collection Inventory
Jordan, John D.
Collector. A letter (1842) to Stand Watie from John R. Ridge regarding
the Ross faction and the death of James Foreman, and a biography (n.d.) of
Stand Watie, compiled by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Watie was a
prominent Cherokee leader.
View the John D. Jordan Collection Inventory
Indian chief. Official and personal correspondence, subject files,
business records of the Cherokee Nation and Wilma Mankiller for the period
1977-1995, including personal correspondence (1993-1995); correspondence
(1985-1995) with members of the U.S. Congress and the National Congress of
American Indians; tribal council correspondence (1990-1994); Cherokee National
Historical Society correspondence (1990-1995); and general correspondence
(1982-1995). Subject files relating to Native American Rights Fund (1989-1993);
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs central office (1988-1995); U.S. Bureau of Indian
Affairs Muskogee, Oklahoma, area office (1989-1995); Inter-Tribal Council of
the Five Civilized Tribes (1977-1995); the National Congress of American
Indians (1993-1995); the Tribal Election Commission (1985-1994); and tribal
council meetings (1985-1993). Business and financial records of the Cherokee
Nation concerning Cherokee Gardens (1981-1991); the Bingo Outpost (1989-1995);
and Cherokee Nation Industries (1977-1995), along with budget, accounting, and
audit papers. Education and training records of the Cherokee Nation concerning
the Job Training Partnership Act (1993-1995); Head Start (1985-1995); Oaks
Mission School (1977-1995); Sequoyah High School (1984-1995); and Talking
Leaves Job Corps. Community development and housing files related to block
grants (1985-1995); the Community Loan Fund (1987-1994); the Bell Project
(1981-1987); the Cherokee Housing Authority (1993-1994); and the Home
Improvement Program (1985-1994). Health issue files relating to Indian health
services (1991-1995) and the National Indian Health Board (1985-1992).
Environmental program records relating to the
Mayes, Joel Bryan (1833-1891)
Printed materials 1886-1905
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles and correspondence
(1886-1905) of Mayes, a principal chief of the Cherokees, concerning tribal
politics and the dissolution of tribal title to the
View the Joel Bryan Mayes Collection Inventory
Mayes, Samuel Houston (1845-1927)
Printed materials 1882-1928
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles (1882-1928) relating to
Mayes's tenure as principal chief of the Cherokees and his negotiations with
the Dawes Commission, the preparation of the tribal roll, and the assignment of
View the Samuel Houston Mayes Collection Inventory
Oochalata Collection (d. 1891)
Printed materials 1875-1891
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles (1875-1891), including
biographical items, editorials, speeches, and messages of Oochalata, also known
as Charles Thompson, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, 1875-1878,
mostly relating to education, schools, finances, Cherokee Indian lands, and
tribal government in general.
View the Oochalata Collection Inventory
Oskison, John Milton (1874-1947)
Papers ca. 1917-1947
Author. A photo identification pass (1917) issued by the American Commission to Negotiate Peace of World War I, along with two unpublished manuscripts (n.d.), one entitled "The Singing Bird," and the other an unfinished autobiography which chronicles Oskison's life in the Cherokee Nation and elsewhere. View the John Milton Oskison Collection Inventory
Piburn, Anne Ross
Collector. Programs (1937-1958) of the yearly reunions of Cherokee
seminary graduates; a report (1955) regarding the old Murrell home in
Tahlequah, Indian Territory; a report (1953) regarding New Echota, Cherokee
Nation; a publication (1954) of the Cherokee Foundation, Inc. entitled Tsa
La Gi' Ga Nah Se Da'; an undated list of freedmen granted Cherokee
citizenship; and memorials (1883-1899) of the Cherokee Nation and its
delegation to the U.S. Congress.
View the Anne Ross Piburn Collection Inventory
Robey, Roberta (b. ca. 1891)
Missionary. A diary (1833-1835) of Cassandra Sawyer Lockwood describing her journey to the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, and life at Dwight Mission. The diary includes mention of efforts by the mission staff to free slaves.
Rogers, William Charles
Printed materials 1893-1907
Indian chief. Typescripts of editorials and newspaper articles
(1893-1907) concerning Rogers, the last principal chief of the Cherokees prior
to statehood; a court case in 1900; the 1903 campaign for chief of the
Cherokees; the closing of tribal government; and the Sequoyah Movement.
View the William Charles Rogers Collection Inventory
Ross, John (1790-1866)
Printed materials 1829-1874
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles (1829-1874) regarding
Ross, the history of the Cherokee Indians, and political and social conditions
within the Cherokee Nation.
View the John Ross Collection Inventory
Ross, William Potter (1820-1891)
Printed materials 1866-1891
Indian chief. Typescripts of newspaper articles (1866-1891) of Ross's
messages and instructions to the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee council, and the
Cherokee delegation to Washington, D.C., regarding reconstruction, tribal
government, financial matters, organization of Oklahoma Territory, education,
Sequoyah, and the use of lands, along with biographical information on Ross.
View the William Potter Ross Collection Inventory
Slover, James Anderson, Sr. (b. 1824)
Missionary. A photocopy of the autobiography (ca. 1907) of James Slover, a missionary to the Cherokee Nation during the Civil War. The typewritten manuscript contains his observations of Cherokee Indian attitudes and opinions concerning slavery, support of and participation in the Civil War, and the Confederacy, with specific reference to the Cherokee regiment organized and led by Stand Watie, and Slover's duties as regimental chaplain. Also included are accounts of post-Civil War difficulties in Arkansas due to the depressed economy, race relations, and the Reconstruction government, and Slover's subsequent decision to move to California.
Collector. Copies of two declarations of sale (1832, 1853) of slaves in the Cherokee Nation and a declaration of land allotment (1909).
Welch, Oklahoma, Town Records Collection
Municipality. A criminal docket (1899-1909) for the municipal court of
Welch, and the minutes (1911-1926) of the town council. Welch, located in the
Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, is now in Craig
Writer. A manuscript (1957) by Woodward recounting the efforts of Edward D. Hicks, a Cherokee Indian, to establish the Cherokee Telephone Company at Tahlequah, Indian Territory, in 1885.
Worcester Academy Collection
Printed materials 1885-1890
Indian school. Catalogs (1885-1890) of the academy listing trustees,
officers, faculty, students, course offerings, and a general history and
description of the school; a copy (1884) of "Pages from Cherokee Indian
History" by Nevada Couch, and photocopies of documents relating to the
founding and operation of the academy. Also included is a copy of the
View the Worcester Academy Collection Inventory