Finding Aid: John W. Swain

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 11 items
Period covered: 1857 - 1911
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: This collection of papers contains a declaration of citizenship to John W. Swain in the Cherokee Nation (1822), a letter signed by D.W. Bushyhead, Principal Chief of the Cherokees, a letter to Rebecca Swain from Senator Robert Owen, letters regarding family matters, a divorce decree, bills of sale, etc.

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 W. Swain, Folder 1 Letter from Susie E. Foreman in Park Hill to cousin Susi

Letter from Susie E. Foreman in Park Hill to cousin Susi (Pencil note - "I love this letter better than any I ever had.").
Folder 1

March 29, 1857
John W. Swain, Folder 3 Certified copy of certificate of Cherokee citizenship No. 114 issue to John Swain

Certified copy of certificate of Cherokee citizenship No. 114 issue to John Swain by Commission on Citizenship, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah (Pencil note - "Exhibit A").
Folder 3

January 12, 1882
John W. Swain, Folder 4 Letter from Principal Chief D. W. Bushyhead to R. M. Swain and K. S. Blythe

Letter from Principal Chief D. W. Bushyhead to R. M. Swain, K.S. Blythe, and other regarding date for removal of structures from public thoroughfares in Vinita. With envelope to R. M. Swain. Signed by Bushyhead.
Folder 4

July 21, 1885
John W. Swain, Folder 5 Certified copy of Act of Cherokee National Council to dissolve marriage between T.W. Lindsay and Susan R. Lindsay

Certified copy of Act of Cherokee National Council to dissolve marriage between T.W. Lindsay and Susan R. Lindsay on grounds of abandonment and restoring her maiden name, Susan R. Wilson. Cherokee citizenship of T.W. Lindsay is forfeited.
Folder 5

November 12, 1886
John W. Swain, Folder 6 Bill of sale of lots in Vinita from C.N. Austin and Eliza Tucker to John Swain

Bill of sale of lots in Vinita to John Swain by C.N. Austin and Eliza Tucker, sworn before T.N. Buffington, Judge of Delaware District, Cherokee Nation.
Folder 6

June 3, 1890
John W. Swain, Folder 7 Copy of Cherokee Mineral Law certified by Robert T. Hawks

Copy of Cherokee Mineral Law October 8, 1894 certified by Robert T. Hawks, Assistant Executive Secretary.
Folder 7

April 17, 1895
License to prospect for coal and oil issued by Robert B. Ross to John Swain

License to prospect for coal and oil issued to John Swain by Robert B. Ross, Treasurer of Cherokee Nation (Marked Exhibit 1). Copy of mineral law on verso.
Folder 7

April 1, 1891
Agreement between John Swain and J.M. Pipes assigning mineral license rights

Agreement between John Swain and J.M. Pipes assigning mineral license rights in Delaware and Coowee Scoowee Counties (Marked Exhibit 1). Verso side has assignment to Cherokee Oil Mining and Milling Company by Pipes.
Folder 7

May 19, 1891
John W. Swain, Folder 8 Receipt issued from J. Hastings Clerk for Delaware District Cherokee Nation to R. M. Swain

Receipt for $300 issued to R.M. Swain by J. (illegible) Hastings, Clerk Delaware District C.N. permitting A.J. Sweeps 6 months farming.
Folder 8

July 5, 1897
Bill of sale by W. E. and Sarah E. Foster to Mollie Shelton, assigned to R. M. Swain

Bill of sale to Mollie Shelton by W. E. and Sarah E. Foster, April 6, 1897, assigned to R. M. Swain, July 10, 1897. The Bill of Sale covers the property in Downingville, Cherokee Nation.
Folder 8

July 10, 1897
John W. Swain, Folder 10 Envelope with the notation 'Made out blank for Widow's Pension today"

Envelope with the notation 'Made Out Blank for Widows Pension Today. Enlisted Sacramento, CA was moved to [illegible text] in 1870, divorced in 1879.'
Folder 10

September 2, 1915
John W. Swain, Folder 11 Letter from Robert L. Owen, U.S. Senate to Rebecca M. Swain

Letter from Robert L. Owen, U.S. Senate to Rebecca M. Swain regarding visit to Vinita (with envelope).
Folder 11

December 15,1911