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Manuscript Collection: John M. Armstrong

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 211 items
Period covered: 1833 - 1890
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: John M. Armstrong (n. d.) was an attorney for the Wyandotte Tribe. The papers are the type a lawyer would leave, concerning Wyandotte tribal matters in Ohio, Kansas, Indiana, etc. They pertain largely to claims against the United States. The papers also include business matters of Armstrong. Later papers are concerned with the division in the Methodist Church, North and South. Some deal with his wife's (Lucy Bigelow) efforts on behalf of the Wyandotte Indians. Some of the material relates to the Stockbridge Indians.
Interesting item: Folder twenty-three contains a copy of a letter from President Polk concerning a contract between the Wyandottes and the Delawares. Folder twenty-eight contains a letter from P. P. Pitchlynn describing in detail his tour through the South and among the Indian tribes.
Physical description:These papers are all original manuscript letters and most of them in the author's handwriting. There are typescripts of most of these papers.

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 918-631-6449 or in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.

Manuscript Collection: John M. Armstrong
Native American; Wyandotte
1833 - 1890
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