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Division of Manuscripts Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WHC-M-163

Scope and Contents


Subject collection. Letters, reports, publications, and manuscripts reflecting the history of Oklahoma and of its American Indian tribes and nations, including correspondence (1813–1839) from U.S. government officials concerning policy toward the Indians, especially in regard to the Indian removal, and correspondence (1862) from Confederate Army officer Albert Pike in regard to Confederate States of America policy toward the Indians. Also included in this collection is a group of French colonial documents (1682–1794), along with diaries and journals (1770–1877) of travelers on the American frontier. The collection contains material on a variety of topics; researchers are urged to consult the inventory to determine the full scope of the collection’s contents. Portions of Boxes 7 and 8 of this collection are available at the OU Libraries website.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, publications and manuscripts reflecting the history of Oklahoma, including correspondence from U.S. Government officials (1813-1839) regarding U.S. Indian policy, especially Indian removal, and correspondence (1862) from Confederate officer Albert Pike regarding Confederate Indian policy. Also in this collection are French colonial documents (1682-1794).


  • Creation: 1682-1969

Restrictions on Access

On June 26, 2023, the Western History Collections began a preservation project that has made many of its collections unavailable for a period of time. This collection is among the materials temporarily unavailable. Please contact Western History Collections if you wish to be added to a contact list to be notified when this collection becomes available.

Available for public access.


4.33 Cubic Feet (4.33 ft.)

Language of Materials


Ownership and Custodial History

Assembled by Western History Collections staff from various sources and purchase.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Correspondence: Source of acquisition--Various sources. Method of acquisition--Assembled by Western History Collections staff and purchase; Date of acquisition--9999.

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Scope and content

Also included are manuscripts concerning early education in the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys and the moral and religious condition of the Indians in the western part of North America. An 86 page ledger of "Gold Dust Bought, 1881" showing dates of transactions, customer names, and prices paid. Author unknown. A diary chronicling a trip from New York to the west coast of South America via Panama. Author unknown. Division of Manuscripts Photograph Collection also in repository.

Scope and content

"Occupation - Soldier: The Life of 1st Sgt. Emanuel Stance of the 9th U.S. Cavalry 'Buffalo Soldiers' The First African-American to Win the Congressional Medal of Honor for Action in the Post-Civil War Period" - This was an article done by Patrick A. Bowmaster as part of an independent study project at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. (Note: Bowmaster indicated that this article was accepted for publiction with "Wild West" magazine.

Scope and content

Daniel Woolen Mills, Chicago, Fall and Winter, 1913-14 clothing catalog. Measures 22" x 12 1/2", hard cover. Twenty-six full page color drawings. Verso of each page originally had color swatches which are removed. Layers of tissue paper with the name Conine & Mayer, Nowata, Oklahoma, between each page.

Scope and content

Diary of John T. Kerr concerning the Colorado gold rush.


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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

Monnet Hall, 3rd Floor
630 Parrington Oval
Norman Oklahoma 73019