Finding Aid: John Drew Papers

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1,485 items
Period covered: 1812 - 1916
Subject matter: 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, Folder 612 Empty envelope addressed to Mr. W.G. Robinson

Folder 612

February 25, circa 1880
Envelope addressed to Mr. W. G. Robinson

Envelope addressed to W. G. Robinson, Webbers Falls, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Stamp is illegible. Postage is a green 3¢ stamp.
Folder 612

May 28, circa 1880
Empty envelope addressed to Mr. W.G. Robinson

Folder 612

December 18, circa 1880
Empty envelope addressed to Mr. W.G. Robinson

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
Empty envelope addressed to W.G. Robinson Esq.

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
Empty envelope addressed to Mr. William G. Robinson

Folder 612

July 18, 1884
Empty envelope addressed to Hon. William Robinson

Folder 612

September 7, circa 1880
Empty envelope addressed to W.G. Robinson Esq.

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
Empty envelope addressed to Mrs. Emma Robinson

Folder 612

February 3, 1888
Empty envelope addressed to Mrs. C.G. Drew

Folder 612

June 1, 1869
Empty envelope addressed to Mrs. Charlotte Drew

Folder 612

1869
Empty envelope addressed to Colonel John Drew

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
Empty envelope addressed to Col. John Drew marked Official

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
Empty envelope addressed to Colonel John Drew

Folder 612

late 19th century - early 20th century
John Drew, Folder 613 Tintype photograph of an unidentified woman

Photograph was encased in a purple sheet of paper and had a photo mat around it. The woman in the photograph is wearing plaid and has her hair pulled back.
Folder 613

late 19th century - early 20th century