Manuscript Collection: C. T. Wells

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1 Item
Period covered: 1878 - 1879
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: This is an account of a fifteen day trip by horse and wagon from Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas, to Arkansas City, Kansas, by C. T. Wells (n.d.) and companions. It has very little of historical value except one brief mention of George Perryman, a few places named, and some brief description of various Indian agencies. It does indicate that the appearance of the prairie around Muskogee, for in­ stance, had not changed much between the 1830's and 1878 when this was written.
It is a beautifully written account of his trip giving more of the appearance of the country, forests and prairies than anything else.
This is apparently the same C. T. Wells who, in 1880, was appointed a teacher of a school at a settlement known as Pleasant Prairies near Wanette, Oklahoma. In 1882 Mr. Wells established a trading post in the northern part of the Kickapoo Reservation. A post office was established here in 1884 with Mr. Wells as its first postmaster. The place later became Wellston, Oklahoma.

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
C. T. Wells, Folder 1 C. T. Wells’ account of a trip from Mulberry, Arkansas to Arkansas City, Kansas

C. T. Wells’ account of a 15-day, 375-mile trip from Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas to Arkansas City, Kansas, which lasted from November 7 to 22, 1878. It also contains his comments on Sun City, Kansas from June 1879. It is addressed to “[t]o [his] friend Sallie."
Folder 1

November 7 - 22, 1878 and June 1879