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Manuscript Collection: John Drew

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1,485 items
Period covered: 1812 - 1916
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.

Background: 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. 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.

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Availability: This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). Contact the Library at 918-631-6441 or in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.

Manuscript Collection: John Drew
Native American; Cherokee
1812 - 1916
Object Type(s): 
Power Of Attorney
Accession No: 
John Drew Manuscript Collection

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