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Manuscript Collection: Edmond J. Gardner

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: Edmond J. Gardner (1877-1935) was a student of Choctaw History and these documents include manuscripts on the Wheelock Church; Alfred Wright, missionary to the Choctaws; the Folsom families; Allen Wright; Pushmataha; the Removal; and Choctaw legends and customs. Mr. Gardner's father traveled the Trail of Tears with the Reverend Alfred Wright. Part Choctaw, Mr. Gardner was self-educated, and he was the only Choctaw who learned the trade of watch making. He studied law and opened an office, but "when he did not like the law as a business, he quit." He was postmaster at Clear Creek and at Valliant, and was the mayor of Valliant, Indian Territory in 1906.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
66 items
1849 - 1936
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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.