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Manuscript Collection: Albert Pike

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: Documents concerning Pike and letters written to or from him are to be found in the Choctaw files and in the Pitchlynn papers in addition to these items. Albert Pike (1809-1891) was an attorney for the Choctaw Nation when the Choctaws were attempting to secure from the U. S. Government the "Net Proceeds" of the sale of their lands in the East. According to a treaty with the Confederate States and the Pen-e-tegh-ca Band of the Comanches, a document called "Letters of Safeguard" was provided for To-sa-we, second Chief of this band of Indians. It is a manuscript document dated August 15, 1861, and signed by Albert Pike. Also included is Pike's resignation in the form of a broadside which was sent to the "Chiefs and People" of the Five Civilized Tribes (July 31, 1863).

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
1861 - 1862
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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.

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.