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Finding Aid: Edmond J. Gardner Manuscript Collection

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 66 items
Period covered: 1849 - 1936
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: Edmond J. Gardner (1877-1935) was a student of Choctaw History and these documents include manuscripts on the Wheelock Church; Alfred Wright, missionary to the Choctaws; the Folsom families; Allen Wright; Pushmataha; the Removal; and Choctaw legends and customs. Mr. Gardner's father traveled the Trail of Tears with the Reverend Alfred Wright.
Part Choctaw, Mr. Gardner was self-educated, and he was the only Choctaw who learned the trade of watch making. He studied law and opened an office, but “when he did not like the law as a business, he quit." He was postmaster at Clear Creek and at Valliant, and was the mayor of Valliant, Indian Territory in 1906.

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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Availability: This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). Contact the Library at 918-631-6441 or renee-harvey@utulsa.edu in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.

Arrangement Title Description Date
Typed copy of letter submitting report on Choctaw Nation's Wheelock and Norwalk schools

Folder 1

October 25, 1849
Typescript of "An Account of My Escape from the South in 1861"

Folder 3

circa 1930s
Typescript of excerpts from letters and other sources referencing "Missions to the Choctaws on Red River"

Folder 3

mid-20th century
Names of those who did service at Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 1

December 9, 1932
"A Talk" at the Pilgrimage to Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 1

June 27, 1934
Constitution and bylaws of the Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Memorial Association

Folder 1

May 1934
Typed letter from E.J. Gardner to Miss M.R. Foreman about writing history of Choctaw Nation's Wheelock School

Folder 1

November 30, 1931
Information concerning Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 1

circa 1930s
A short history of Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 1

circa 1930s
Typescript of "Wheelock Academy, the oldest Choctaw school in Oklahoma"

Folder 1

circa 1930s
Typescript of "Wheelock Academy", the oldest Choctaw school in Oklahoma

Folder 1

circa 1930s
Letter from Edward J. Gardner to Miss Foreman, Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

The letter from Edward J. Gardner to Miss Foreman, Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy refers to a map rendering of "old mission buildings" and extracts from Reverend John Edwards letters.
Folder 1

May 19, 1935
Typed report of meeting to call for a pilgrimage to Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy to honor Reverend Wright and Loring S. Williams

Folder 1

May 5, 1934
Pilgrimage and Encampment of the Choctaw People at Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 1

1935
Typescript regarding Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy as an orphans' home for girls

Folder 1

circa 1930s
Note regarding 1832 move of Mrs. Wright (Harriet Bunce) and Mrs. Williams to Indian Territory

Folder 2

circa 1930s
Typescript of "Rev. Alfred Wright, Founder of Wheelock", Choctaw Nation's Academy

Folder 2

circa 1930s
Typescript of "Rev. Alfred Wright, Missionary to the Choctaws"

Folder 2

circa 1930s
Untitled typescript concerning Rev. Wright, Choctaw Nation missionary

Folder 2

circa 1930s
Letter from P. J. Hudson, U. S. Indian Agency, to Miss Jane E. Wright, regarding the Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy and co-founder, Alfred Wright

Folder 2

February 14, 1932
Handwritten copy of "Annual report of the Mission schools for the year ending September 30, 1829" for the Choctaw Nation

Copy is dated 1929, but should be 1829.
Folder 3

1829
Typescript of "The Missionary to the Choctaws," about Wheelock Academy's Alfred Wright

Folder 3

circa 1930s
Typescript of "Why I am interested in Wheelock," by Edmond J. Gardner regarding the Choctaw Nation school

Folder 3

mid-20th century
Typescript of "From the Mayhew Mission to the Choctaws" written by William A. Love

Folder 3

mid-20th century
Typescript concerning Mary (Semple) Hotchkin's missionary work at Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy and at other Oklahoma schools

Folder 3

mid-20th century
Typescript of excerpts "From an old manuscript left by Nathaniel Folsom in his own handwriting" describing Choctaw life

Folder 4

mid-20th century
Typescript concerning Dr. C. E. Robe, one time superintendent of Choctaw Nation's Wheelock Academy

Folder 5

mid-20th century
Typescript of biography, "Allen Wright - Choctaw"

Choctaw native, Allen Wright adopted the name "Wright" in honor of Reverend Alfred Wright, and suggested the name "Oklahoma" based on the Choctaw words for "people" and "red".
Folder 6

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Granny LeFlore," an account of the 1832 removal of Choctaws from Mississippi to Indian territory

Folder 7

mid-20th century
Typescript of "The emigration of the Choctaws west: The trail of tears"

Folder 8

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Removal of the Choctaws," a description of the suffering endured during the 1832 removal

Folder 8

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Wars and Contention between the red and the white man"

"Wars and Contention between the red and the white man" includes a description of Choctaw removal and life in Indian Territory.
Folder 8

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Song and music among the Choctaws"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Notes on Choctaw Life"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "The Choctaw People," a talk given by Edmond J. Gardner at Wheelock Academy, June 26, 1935

Folder 9

1935
Typescript of "The Choctaws," regarding as ancient story of the Choctaws and Chickasaws

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Witch Killing Among the Choctaws"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "The Deluge, an Indian traditional story"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Note from A.E. Hicks to Miss M.B. Forman regarding information furnished by Edmond Horner

The note refers to information furnished by Edmond Horner about the last man shot under The Old Territory Law.
Folder 9

April 7, 1934
Typescript draft of "Outline of a Dramatic Scenic Play Taken from the Life History of the Choctaw People"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript draft of "Outline of a Dramatic Scenic Play Taken from the Life History of the Choctaw People"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript draft of "Outline of a Dramatic Scenic Play Taken from the Life History of the Choctaw People"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Letter from Edmond J. Gardner to Miss Forman requesting pageant programs and describing possible building plans for improving site "across the creek where the little log house stands"

Folder 9

June 3, 1932
Typed note stating that "I have read carefully Wheelock, in song and story and suggest the following"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "A Choctaw Pageant with an explanation of the diagram on first page"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "The Spirit of Progress"

Folder 9

September 16, 1932
Typescript of "Patriotism"

Folder 9

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Where the Indian Came From"

Folder 10

mid-20th century
Typescript of "Why the Turkey and the Buzzards Heads are Bald, and the Turkey has Blisters, a Choctaw Legend"

Folder 10

mid-20th century
Typescript of "How Indian Corn Came Among the Choctaw, a Choctaw Legend"

Folder 10

mid-20th century