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Manuscript Collection: Miscellaneous Papers

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: This contains various letters from different people, different times, and different locations, on different topics. Perhaps most noteworthy is a diary dated December 15, 1816 to January 22, 1817. This is a bound diary with "Rufus Hatch, Bowling, VT" on inside front cover. (Rufus Hatch was born in Wells, Maine in 1832 and died in 1893. In 1851 he moved to Rockford, Illinois. He was a financier and promoter.) Note on opposite page says "This contains some memos of my brother Henry's passage etc.". About half the pages are blank. The remainder contain an account of a voyage from the mouth of the Ohio to the Gulf of Mexico. Two loose sheets describe the writer's trip from Burlington, Vermont to the mouth of the Ohio. The diary generally mentions effects of the New Madrid earthquake of 1811, the Chickasaw Bluffs, Fort Picaney, Spanish Fort and Cypress Bend.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
1764 - 1931
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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.