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Manuscript Collection: Choctaw Papers

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: These are various papers regarding money due the Indians from sale of lands under the terms of the Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty. The "land warrants" are signed by the Indians with their marks. Some documents relating to George Durant as Commissioner of the Court of Claims and papers regarding this office, mostly in the 1870's, and an Act to improve the procedure of the Probate Court signed by Allen Wright are also included in the collection. There is one undated letter relative to the "Net Proceeds" claim of the Choctaws against the government for their lands in the East written by Colonel David Harkins, and a message to the Council from Principal Chief Green McCurtain (1903). There are sixteen letters of John T. Cochrane concerning the Choctaw claims dated 1861, five or six of them to Albert Pike. Cochrane was an attorney representing the Choctaw Nation. Interesting item: A document conveying title to a quarter section of land due Cun-con-tum-be under the fourteenth Article of the Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty signed by President James K. Polk in 1846.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
1846 - 1903
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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.