Finding Aid: Cherokee Papers

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 50 items
Period covered: 1804 - 1871
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: These papers consist of a miscellaneous collection of material including some correspondence of Col. Return J. Meigs, Senator Harlan, President Grant, Colonel Stand Watie; documents regarding sale of two slaves from the James Vann (1811) estate; names entitled to draw in land lottery of Gold Region in Georgia (1832); Old Settlers' Council Proceedings (1838-1865), and a list of 119 Old Settlers' names. There are Sequoyan documents and notes on his syllabary, a map of New Echota, and a Brainerd Mission Map, manuscript, with a family tree of the Mindwell-Caswell families, (1824). A complete listing of all documents in the Cherokee papers is included.
Important item: Probably the most important document is General Watie's official surrender, signed by General Stand Watie, Lieutenant Colonel A.C. Mathews, and Adjutant William A. Vance, June, 1865.

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
Cherokee Papers, Folder 52 Typescript of "Historical Sketches of the Cherokees; together with some of their Customs, Traditions and Superstitions" by Wah-ne-nay-he

Typescript of "Historical Sketches of the Cherokees; together with some of their Customs, Traditions and Superstitions" by Wah-ne-nay-he, a Cherokee Indian, formally known as Mrs. Lucy Keys, noting that the original document is in the Smithsonian Institute and includes stories of Sequoyah, George Lowery, and the Trail of Tears.
Folder 52

1889
Cherokee Papers, Folder 53 Photostat of Cherokee Council Rules in Cherokee

Photostat of Cherokee Council Rules of the Senate in Cherokee.
Folder 53

late 19th century
Photostat of Cherokee Council Rules of the Senate in Cherokee

Photostat of Cherokee Council Rules of the Senate in Cherokee.
Folder 53

late 19th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 54 Letter from G.W. Hicks, Wichita Baptist Mission, Anadarko in Oklahoma Territory to George Benge in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation

Letter from G.W. Hicks, Wichita Baptist Mission, Anadarko in Oklahoma Territory to George Benge in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation asking for the return of money sent to S. Benge and W.P. Ross for a trip to Anadarko to discuss trip to Washington, D.C. to get proper title to land.
Folder 54

February 3, 1892
Cherokee Papers, Folder 55 Letter from Waddie Hudson in Tahlequah to G.W. Benge, Washington, D.C.

Letter from Waddie Hudson in Tahlequah to G.W. Benge, Washington, D.C., requesting news of the Committees on Indian Affairs and treatment of delegates.
Folder 55

January 3, 1896
Cherokee Papers, Folder 56 Senate Bill Number 22 of the Cherokee Council entitled "An Act Making Appropriations for the Current and Contingent Expenses of the Indian Department and for Fulfilling Treaty Stipulations with Various Indian Tribes for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 190

Senate Bill Number 22 of the Cherokee Council entitled "An Act Making Appropriations for the Current and Contingent Expenses of the Indian Department and for Fulfilling Treaty Stipulations with Various Indian Tribes for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 1902" signed by T. Roosevelt and Principal Chief W.C. Rogers.
Folder 56

December 7, 1903
Cherokee Papers, Folder 57 Promissory note for the sum of eight hundred dollars signed by Lucy Silk, Walter Rogers, Charley Ratt

Promissory note for the sum of eight hundred dollars signed by Lucy Silk, Walter Rogers, Charley Ratt.
Folder 57

1904
Power of Attorney for Father or Mother for Child's Property for Lucy Silk

Power of Attorney for Father or Mother for Child's Property for Lucy Silk, a member of the Cherokee Tribe.
Folder 57

May 28 1904
Cherokee Papers, Folder 58 Photocopy of newspaper report of a hearing before the Commission to the Five Tribes

Photocopy of newspaper report of a hearing before the Commission to the Five Tribes regarding the admission of Anna Flippin et al to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation describing illegal court proceedings and payoffs to Charles O. Frye. Original moved to flat storage, Indian Documents Drawer 5, number 11.
Folder 58

early 20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 59 Proceedings of Tenth Annual Meeting of the Cherokee Baptist Sunday School Convention

Proceedings of Tenth Annual Meeting of the Cherokee Baptist Sunday School Convention at the Standing Rock Church including a statistical table.
Folder 59

September 25 - 26, 1908
Cherokee Papers, Folder 60 Photostat of list of property transferred from Cherokee Capital in Tahlequah to Carnegie Library in Tahlequah

Photostat of list of property transferred from Cherokee Capital in Tahlequah to Carnegie Library in Tahlequah.
Folder 60

June 5, 1913
Cherokee Papers, Folder 61 Letter from L.B. Gritts to Miss Teenor regarding cards for membership in the Kee-Too-Wah Society

Letter from L.B. Gritts to Miss Teenor regarding cards for membership in the Kee-Too-Wah Society.
Folder 61

April 16, 1950
Blank application forms for membership in Kee-Too-Wah Society

Blank application forms for membership in Kee-Too-Wah Society. Folder 61

mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 62 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language.
Folder 62

circa 1834
Cherokee Papers, Folder 63 Handwritten 18-page document addressed to the Congress of the United States regarding conditions of the Western Cherokees after the Treaty of 1833

Handwritten 18-page document addressed to the Congress of the United States regarding conditions of the Western Cherokees after the Treaty of 1833 and discussing the differences between Eastern Cherokees and Western Cherokees.
Folder 63

mid-19th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 64 Notebook in the Cherokee language

Notebook in the Cherokee language. Mentions C.R. Hall of Wahhiyah, N.C.
Folder 64

1907 - 1914
Cherokee Papers, Folder 65 Typescript essay entitled "The Removal of the Cherokee" by John Madden

Typescript essay entitled "The Removal of the Cherokee" by John Madden describing how J.F. Schermerhorn, a commissioner, arranged the Treaty of 1835 in absence of Cherokee officers and by this treaty, the Cherokee Nation ceded to the U.S. all its territory east of the Mississippi River, a history of the removal, June 1838- March 1839 is given.
Folder 65

circa 1927
Cherokee Papers, Folder 66 Handwritten list of Old Settler's names, included are the Delaware, Going Snake, and Flint Districts

Handwritten list of Old Settler's names, included are the Delaware, Going Snake, and Flint Districts.
Folder 66

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 67 Handwritten voting record of committee for president and for clerk

Handwritten voting record of committee for president and for clerk. Folder 67

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 68 Handwritten argument on the 9th Article of the Cherokee Treaty concerning the evaluation of ferries owned by Cherokees and their incomes

Handwritten argument on the 9th Article of the Cherokee Treaty concerning the evaluation of ferries, and the incomes there of, owned by Cherokees.
Folder 68

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 69 Typescript of an act by the National Council of the Cherokee to amend an act

Typescript of an act by the National Council of the Cherokee to amend an act titled "Tax on Stock grazing upon Cherokee Lands west of the 96° Meridian.
Folder 69

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 70 Typescript regarding conditions of the Hopewell Treaty of 1775 and of the Holston Treaty of 1791

Typescript regarding conditions of the Hopewell Treaty of 1775 and of the Holston Treaty of 1791.
Folder 70

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 71 New Echota, Georgia

Hand-drawn map of New Echota, Georgia, noting a Federal monument, the site of the council house, and Elias Boudinot's house.
Folder 71

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 72 Documents in Cherokee language with translations

Documents in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 72

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 73 Document in Cherokee language signed in English by James McDaniel

Document in Cherokee with typed translation.
Folder 73

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 74 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee with translated written copy.
Folder 74

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 75 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 75

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 76 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 76

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 77 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with written translation and envelope.
Folder 77

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 78 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 78

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 79 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 79

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 80 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with typed and written translation.
Folder 80

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 81 Letter in Cherokee signed in English by Lewis Downing

Folder 81

April 10, 1864
Cherokee Papers, Folder 82 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 82

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 83 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 83

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 84 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 84

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 85 Document in Cherokee language

Documents in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 85

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 86 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 86

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 87 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 87

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 88 Document in Cherokee language

Folder 88

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 89 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 89

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 90 Document in Cherokee language

Document in Cherokee language with written translation.
Folder 90

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 91 Chart showing original Cherokee allotments

Chart showing original Cherokee allotments which include Lowery, Smith, Hammer, Morris, Cobb and Thomas.
Folder 91

mid-19th century - mid-20th century
Cherokee Papers, Folder 92 Typescript of a biography of Joseph Roger's family

Folder 92

mid-19th century - mid-20th century