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Ame. American Indians and Indigenous Peoples

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Identifier: Ame
This topic covers manuscript collections by and about Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere. It includes letters, artwork, photographs, documents, legal and governmental papers, research papers, and some audio oral histories.

Found in 144 Collections and/or Records:

Ninian Edwards letters

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-401
Abstract Six letters, Mar. 7, 1813 - Apr. 4, 1814, from Ninian Edwards to Kentucky governor and soldier Isaac Shelby, regarding War of 1812-related Indian attacks in the Illinois Territory and the state of defenses there. 1813 letters discuss mounted volunteer companies raised by Edwards, British intentions regarding the upper Mississippi, Indian attacks on settlers in the U.S. Saline and elsewhere, etc. Warning of an impending Indian-British offensive on Illinois Territory, Edwards' 1814 letters...
Dates: 1813-1814

O. C. McNary papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-3128
Abstract Printed and handwritten army orders, 1882-1886, and letters written by O.C. McNary during 1885 from Indian Territory to his family in Kansas and Pennsylvania. From Camp Russel, Fort Reno, and a camp at Skelton Ranch, McNary's correspondence documents his trips via ambulance and mules throughout the Indian Territory. He describes road conditions, the Ponca and Oto agencies and Indians, a prairie fire, a visit with friends in Arkansas City, and the murder of a Chickasaw Indian by outlaws at...
Dates: 1873-1886; Majority of material found within 1882-1886

Olin D. Wheeler collection of photographs of Yosemite Valley

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Photographs-box-68-70, 88
Abstract

This collection of 179 photographic prints contains 71 views of Yosemite National Park, including tourists traveling in Yosemite Transportation vehicles and private cars. Wheeler also compiled a collection of photographs of the landscapes and Native Americans along the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition while researching his two-volume book The Trail of Lewis and Clark. This collection is part of the Edward E. Ayer Collection of Photographs.

Dates: approximately 1880-1925

Olin D. Wheeler papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-3220
Abstract

Mainly correspondence, notes, and writings of author, topographer, and Northern Pacific Railway executive Olin Dunbar Wheeler regarding Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn; also articles about Wheeler and reviews of his work.

Dates: 1892-1924

Oliver Wolcott letters

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-921
Abstract Thirteen letters, Mar. 11, 1795- Dec. 11, 1800, written by Oliver Wolcott, secretary of the treasury, to David Henley, general agent for the War Dept. in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, regarding public contracts for military and Indian supplies in what is now Tennessee.,The letters contain rules and regulations regarding the administration of contracts, as well as numerous directives regarding the choice of contractors to supply both the region and the Tellico...
Dates: 1795-1800

Orlando Cabanban photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Cabanban
Abstract Negatives (35 mm and 120 film format), contact sheets, prints, and transparencies created by Chicago photographer Orlando Cabanban primarily of events related to the American Indian Center of Chicago during the late 1960s. Social activities documented include powwows, day camps, the AIC canoe club and basketball team, and the American Indian Festival held at the Field Museum. Also includes images of AIC meetings, demonstrations, individual and family portraits, miscellaneous photographs and...
Dates: approximately 1920s-1991; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1986

Pete Brown collection of Native Americans in comic books

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-BrownP
Abstract

Comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture ephemera with Native American themes, characters, and imagery produced in North America from the years 1937 to 2015.

Dates: 1937-2015

[Pettrich sketchbook]

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Oversize-Ayer-Art.Pettrich
Abstract

Thirty-five drawings in ink and wash on paper and one page of text from a formerly bound sketchbook of Ferdinand Friedrich Pettrich. The drawings feature portrait depictions of American Indians, including members of the Sac and Fox, Creek, Sioux, and Winnebago tribes.

Dates: approximately 1842

Photographic copies of Grace Carpenter Hudson's paintings of Pomo Indians

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Photographs-box-102-104
Abstract

Black and white gelatin photographic prints (ca. 1920-1937), captioned with numbers and mounted on sheets of cardboard, of Grace Carpenter Hudson's paintings of Pomo Indians.,Included are portraits and scenes, primarily of children, but also of adults. The children are often depicted with dogs or other animals.

Dates: approximately 1920-approximately 1937

[Photographs of Quiriguá]

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT.oversize-Ayer.Art-Photographs.of-Quirigua
Abstract

Nine black-and-white photographic prints of the Mayan ruins at Quiriguá, Guatemala in the Motagua Valley. Depicted are eight steles, pillar-like carved slabs of stone, and one zoömorph. The photographs are signed "Janette W. Dixon." The photographer remains unknown. The photographs are undated, but were a gift of Janette Dixon of Chicago from May 29, 1946.

Dates: approximately 1920-1946

Plan of the Ruined Group of Xkichmook

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT oversize-Ayer-Art-Ruins of Xkichmook
Abstract

Unsigned architectural drawings and diagrams featured in Edward Herbert Thompson's article "Ruins of Xkichmook, Yucatan," which was published in 1893 by the Field Columbian Museum (Field Columbian Museum Publication 28, Anthropological Series Vol. II, No. 3, July 1898). Thompson explored and excavated the Maya ruins of Xkichmook at various times beginning in 1886.

Dates: approximately 1886-1898

Ramsay Crooks correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-201
Abstract Correspondence and list of Ramsay Crooks, dating primarily from 1822 and mainly regarding American Fur Company business. Subjects include the reception of trade goods in Philadelphia, the operation of the new Western Department in St. Louis (instructions re trade goods, trader indebtedness, fur shipments, etc.), and the purchase of Missouri and Mississippi River factory skins. Fur company-related correspondents include Samuel Abbott (agent at St. Louis), Robert Stuart (Northern Department...
Dates: 1822-1836; 1822

Reminiscences of Mrs. A. Agatha Pratt

 Item
Identifier: Modern-MS-53
Abstract

The original memoir of a Mormon pioneer who arrived in Utah in 1847, one of the wives of Mormon Apostle Parley Pratt. Looking back over nearly eighty years, Ann Agatha Pratt discusses the character of her husband and their life together, the journey across the Great Plains in 1847, and her own experience in helping to build the first road in Parley's Canyon, Utah.

Dates: 1907 January

Richard Dunlop papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Dunlop
Abstract

Research materials (photographs copied from originals in other institutions, notes, letters, printed pamphlets) and manuscripts from Dunlop's books on the American West, mainly Wheels West. Also materials from Chicago Corral of Westerners, of which Dunlop was a long-time member. Dunlop, a native Chicagoan and history graduate of Northwestern University, also wrote the Rand McNally Backpacking and Outdoor Guide, Doctors of the American Frontier, and Great Trails of the West.

Dates: 1950-1970

Richard Irving Dodge Papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT folio Graff-1110
Abstract

Twenty pocket journals (all but six with transcriptions), 1875-1883, kept during Richard Irving Dodge’s active service as a United States Army colonel in the American West, plus correspondence, military documents, broadsides, miscellany and photographs relating to Dodge’s life and career.

Dates: 1863-1905

Robert James Havighurst papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Havighurst
Abstract

University of Chicago professor and education scholar who directed the National Study of American Indian Education, a comprehensive, national fact-finding study on the education of American Indians, from 1968-1971. Collection contains reports and research materials (student surveys, interview transcriptions, etc.) pertaining to this study.

Dates: 1940-1980

Robert Karrow Research Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Karrow
Abstract

Primarily of photocopies of printed and archival material relating to the U. S. Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian (1869-1884), its director, George M. Wheeler, other staff of the survey, and to the use of the electric telegraph for longitude determination in the 19th century. Also seminar papers and notes, 1986-1988.

Dates: 1980-1990

Robert Knowles Boyd letters

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-3025
Abstract

Five letters, Oct. 28, 1925 - Feb. 13, 1927, from Boyd to his cousin, Edith M. Smith, discussing the reception of his pamphlets about the Minnesota-Wisconsin frontier in the 1860s and 1870s. Included are comments on the Battle of Birch Coulee, the Chippewa Valley, the Chippewa Indians, and the Eau Claire family of novelist G.P.R. James. There is also a carbon typescript of a review of Boyd's works from Minnesota History, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1926 (pp. 354-355).

Dates: 1925-1927

Robert L. Hall papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-HallRL
Abstract

Professional papers, published and unpublished, of anthropologist and author Robert L. Hall (1927-2012). Hall was a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and is most well-known for his 1997 book "An Archaeology of the Soul: North American Indian Belief and Ritual." Hall's mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.

Dates: 1940-2012

Rodgers Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Rodgers
Abstract Correspondence, essays, financial and legal documents, genealogies, journals, newspaper clippings, and four photographs relating to the Rodgers family, descendants of Rev. John Rodger (1735-1812). The papers document the life of an American pioneer family in Virginia, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, New Mexico, and California, and cover topics such as farming life, homestead claims, politics, livestock and grain industries, and religion. There is an overland journal penned by Andrew Rodgers,...
Dates: 1773-1925; Majority of material found within 1830 - 1890

Salvador P. Escoto papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Escoto
Abstract

Salvador P. Escoto was a historian and specialist on late 18th century Philippines history, and former editorial associate in the Philippine Studies Program at the University of Chicago. Escoto also taught at St. Francis College and is now retired. Collection includes research materials, microfilm, photocopies of primary sources, notes, and Escoto's published and unpublished works. Most materials pertain to The Life and Times of Simon de Anda, a book that has not yet been published.

Dates: approximately 1960-2007

Samuel V. Tripp Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-3219
Abstract

Correspondence, dating mainly from 1849 to 1876, of California emigrant Samuel V. Tripp, addressed primarily to his mother and sister in Ohio, regarding his life in the Northern California gold region and later in Southern California.

Dates: 1849-1906; Majority of material found within 1849 - 1906

Scott Kayla Morrison papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Morrison
Abstract

Papers of attorney and activist Scott Kayla Morrison mostly pertaining to Mississippi Choctaw Indians, and including Constitutions, legal documents, and Morrison's MA thesis.

Dates: 1945-1996

Seeing Indian in Chicago Exhibition records

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Seeing Indian
Abstract

Photographs from the Seeing Indian in Chicago American Indian photography exhibit, July 22-September 21, 1985, Hermon Dunlap Smith Gallery, The Newberry Library. Also exhibition labels.

Dates: 1958-1985

Silas Dinsmore papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-241
Abstract Correspondence, certificates, and report, 1794-1796, of Silas Dinsmoor, mainly concerning his duties as resident agent to the Cherokee. Four letters, Mar.-Oct., 1795, to David Henley, U.S. War Dept. agent, discuss the Cherokee desire for peace with the whites and the continuing problems in that regard caused by Creek raids on white settlements and the whisky trade for stolen horses. Certificates, 1795-1796, issued by Dinsmoor (some also signed by John McKee (Indian agent) and Charles Hicks...
Dates: 1794-1796