Finding Aid: John Drew Papers

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1,485 items
Period covered: 1812 - 1916
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: A miscellaneous  collection reflecting a long and busy life of John Drew (c. 1800-1865), a leading Cherokee, both at the time of removal and later as a representative of the tribe in Washington. Drew served as a Confederate soldier and officer; he was also a banker, a lawyer of sorts, and a storekeeper.
Much of the collection consists of business papers and some give information as to the cost of living over a long period of time. They also reflect the financial difficulties of cotton raisers and cattlemen. A wide variety of concerns are addressed in legal documents, family letters and social invitations. Many documents are about tribal matters, ranging from trivial claims of individuals to matters pertaining to the tribe as a whole versus the U.S. Government. Many of the papers also deal with the concerns of his descendants. This collection is important because it sheds light on early to mid-nineteenth century Cherokee leaders’ involvement with slavery, often revealing its dehumanizing and tragic nature.

Biographical Information

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
John Drew, (not assigned) Note requesting 50 ? From John Drew

Folder 139

May 10th, circa 1840s
John Drew, Folder 1 Letter from John Drew's mother to W. J. Robinson

A letter from John Drew's mother to W. J. Robinson about family finances.
Folder 1

February 11, 1812
John Drew, Folder 2 Letter with envelope from J. T. Drew, Boonsboro, Washington County, Arkansas, to his mother, Mrs. C. G. Drew in Webbers Falls, Cherokee Nation

Letter with envelope from J. T. Drew, Boonsboro, Washington County, Arkansas, to his mother, Mrs. C. G. Drew in Webbers Falls, Cherokee Nation, about his school studies.
Folder 2

September 25, 1818
John Drew, Folder 3 Receipt to William Drew from George Forrest, Agent

Receipt to William Drew from George Forrest, Agent, for an amount in full at the factory. Folder 3

1823
Receipt to John Drew for clothing described

Receipt to John Drew for clothing purchased in the amount of $27.50.
Folder 3

circa 1820
Statement of loan to Lewis Riley by William Foreman

A statement of loan to Lewis Riley by William Foreman.
Folder 3

circa 1820
John Drew, Folder 4 Power of Attorney to James Rodgers of Cherokee Nation on the Arkansas by Susan and Ellen Conetuh authorizing him to dispose of certain named slaves

Power of Attorney to James Rodgers of Cherokee Nation on the Arkansas by Susan and Ellen Conetuh authorizing him to dispose of certain named slaves. Folder 4

December, 1820
John Drew, Folder 5 Affidavits of Eliza Ross, the Heir, and Archy Foreman, sworn before John Martin, Circuit Judge, Amoiah District, describing a note given by Ti-es-ky to Tunplin, W. Ross

Affidavits of Eliza Ross, the Heir, and Archy Foreman, sworn before John Martin, Circuit Judge, Amoiah District, describing a note given by Ti-es-ky to Tunplin, W. Ross. Folder 5

May 12, 1824
John Drew, Folder 6 Power of Attorney to John Drew by Susan and Ellen Conetuh to obtain and dispose of named slaves

Power of Attorney to John Drew by Susan and Ellen Conetah to obtain and dispose of named slaves. Folder 6

December 24, 1825
John Drew, Folder 7 Power of Attorney to John Drew by Aky Victory to recover her part of the Estate of her father John Rogers

Power of Attorney to John Drew by Aky Victory to recover her part of the Negroes and her part of the money loaned to Will Rogers by her father J. Rogers. Folder 7

October 22, 1826
John Drew, Folder 8 Appointment of John Drew as Guardian for Elizabeth McIntosh

Appointment by John Thompson, District Judge Illinois District, of John Drew as Guardian for Elizabeth McIntosh.
Folder 8

December 28, 1828
John Drew, Folder 8A Note payable to Daniel Griffin by Margaret Lasley and Jas Lasley Jr.

Folder 8A

March 16, 1829
John Drew, Folder 9 Letter from Aaron Basling to Samuel Mackey concerning rations furnished to the Cherokees through John Drew

Folder 9

December 13, 1839
Receipt to James Campbell for spoliation

Receipt to James Campbell for money received in payment of spoliation fine. Folder 9

August 13, 1835
Statement of account from John Dillard to A. Pearson

Folder 9

1834
Expense account of R. Radcliff

Folder 9

September 23, 1831
Statement of account from John Drew to T.E. Wilson

Folder 9

April - December 1833
Statement of account from Henry Brown to A. Pearson

Folder 9

1830
Statement of account of Major Burch making purchases for Captain West

Folder 9

August 16, 1832
Statement of amount owed by Lucy Birdtail

Folder 9

March 9, 1833
Statement of account of Jackson Graves to John Drew

Folder 9

November 10, 1832
Bill of goods sold to numerous people and accounting of profits

Folder 9

1831
Statement of account from Sterling Scott to A. Pearson

Folder 9

June 3, 1832
Statement of account due to John Drew

Statement of account due for café charges and books on June 7, thermometer and decks of cards on August 1 and window glass on October 8. Folder 9

1832
Statement of account from Floyd Jordan to A. Pearson for frock coat and other garments

Folder 9

November 28, 1832
Statement of account of Richard Ratliff to Sam Lowell

Statement on account of items purchased including plates, tablespoons, tea set and silk handkerchief. Folder 9

November 4, 1830
Partial statement of account of Charles Rogers to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account to Richard Fields from Dry Water

Folder 9

June 23, 1839
Statement of account of Nancy Cravens to A. Pearsons

Folder 9

May 18, 1824
Statement of account of William Burgess to Drew and Fields

William Burgess bought of Drew & Fields one fine hat and frock coat. Folder 9

November 24, 1832
Bill from Richard Hinson to John Drew for one frock coat

Folder 9

November 5, 1832
Statement of account owed by Captain O'Riley

Folder 9

July 29, 1832
Statement of account of Major Haroldson to John Drew

Folder 9

1831
Statement of account of A.M. Vann to John Drew

Statement of account detailing purchases made over several years including a fiddle and knitting needles. Folder 9

1831 - 1833
Statement of account of Henry Scott to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Jolly Paris to Richard Fields

Folder 9

June 26, 1839
Statement of account of John Knave to Richard Fields

Folder 9

November 26, 1839
Statement of account of Samuel W. Bell to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Mrs. Flowers to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of James W. Griffin to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839 - 1840
Bill from John C. Davis to John Drew for $3.00

Folder 9

October 1, 1832
Fragment account statement

Folder 9

1837 - 1838
John Drew's statement of account with John T. Barr

Folder 9

1832
Statement of account of Catherine Lacey to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of John W. West to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of John R. Nicholson to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Robert West to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Isaac Busheyhead to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Ingevine Coody to John Drew and Company

Folder 9

circa 1839
Statement of account of Sterling Scott to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839