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Manuscript Collection: William Petty

Collection Overview

Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: Includes 2 manuscripts submitted to the earl of Shelburne. One "A Plan for the Management of Indians and Indian Affairs in the Southern District of North America "and the second is "The Underwritten Proposals for Taking the Island of New Orleans and Retaking the Province of West Florida" . Author suggests several strategies to increase British presence and property in area, held by Spain. Also included is a Memorial from John Jamison, Greenwood and Higginson, John Motl, McGillivary, Graham and Clark, Cowper and Telfair, Graham Simpson, James Jackson & Co. and Grey Elliot, Excr. of John Gordon to William, Earl of Shelburne. Also included is "Heads of a Memorial" from the South Carolina and Georgia Merchants to Lord Shelburne, regarding the lands ceded by the Creek and Cherokee Indians in 1773 and the account of a 1770 property settlement between the Cherokee, Creek, and the traders they owed money, arbitrated by Sir James Wright and the King in 1771.

Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
1780 - 1782
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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.