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Manuscript Collection: John Drew

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: A miscellaneous collection reflecting a long and busy life of John Drew (c. 1800-1865), a leading Cherokee, both at the time of removal and later as a representative of the tribe in Washington. Drew served as a Confederate soldier and officer; he was also a banker, a lawyer of sorts, and a storekeeper. Much of the collection consists of business papers of all sorts, many reflecting various aspects of the traffic in slaves, and some giving information as to the cost of living over a long period of time. They also reflect the financial difficulties of cotton raisers and cattlemen. There are legal documents of all sorts, family letters, social invitations, and tribal matters, ranging from trivial claims of individuals to matters pertaining to the tribe as a whole versus the U.S. Government. Many of the papers, of course, deal with the concerns of his descendants.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
1430 items
1812 - 1916
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