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Manuscript Collection: James Orr

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: James and Minerva Washburn Orr were missionaries to the Cherokees, stationed at Dwight Mission. Four of these letters were written when Dwight was located in Arkansas Territory, the others from the later location of the mission in Indian Territory. The letters refer to life at Dwight, but mostly are concerned with family and health problems. They are written by the Washburn sisters, Lavinia and Lydia, other members of the family, and T. M. (Theresa Maria) Bissell, a teacher at Dwight, who writes about teaching thirty-four scholars. James and Minerva were married November 18, 1821. Minerva died in 1852 and James married Julia F. Stone of Marietta, Ohio, in 1854. She had come to Dwight as a missionary.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
15 items
1822 - 1960
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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.