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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:

[Sioux Indian Drawings]

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT.oversize-Ayer-Art-Sioux.Indian
Abstract One hundred sixty unsigned, numbered drawings attributed to "Sioux Indians" (a general, blanket term used to describe the Santee, the Yankton-Yanktonai, and the Lakota peoples) living in Fort Yates, North Dakota during the cataclysmic winter of 1913-1914, a period known as the "Starving Time." Aaron McGaffey Bead, an Episcopal missionary to the Indians of North Dakota, provided paper and art supplies to the residents of Fort Yates during this period and paid 50-75 cents for each drawing,...
Dates: 1913-1914

Sir Alexander Cuming papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-204
Abstract Commonplace books, memorials, note, and military appointment of Sir Alexander Cuming, 1734-1767, mainly concerning Cuming's attempts during 1755 to extricate himself from debtors' prison and his past services to the crown. In addition to the many draft letters and memorials noting Cuming's efforts to bring the Cherokees under British sovereignty, signs of royal favor, etc., there are numerous versions of insolvency claim statements listing properties in South Carolina and the Cherokee...
Dates: 1734-1767

Sir William Johnson letters

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-456
Abstract

Miscellaneous collection of twelve letters written by Sir William Johnson, military commander during the French and Indian War and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, who played a significant role in the colonial history of New York. Correspondence relates to the French and Indian War, Indian treaties and conferences, the Conestoga Massacre (1763), land patents, and the appointment of Johnson's successor.

Dates: 1755-1773

Solon Toothaker Kimball Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Kimball
Abstract

Research notes, writings, correspondence and photographs of anthropologist and educator Solon Toothaker Kimball, primarily relating to his work in Ireland (1930's) and among the Navajo (1936-1942). Also includes numerous source materials, particularly extensive newspaper clippings.

Dates: 1902-1981

St. Augustine's Center for American Indians records

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-St. Augustines
Abstract Records of the Saint Augustine's Center for American Indians in Chicago, which provided casework and supportive services for the city’s Native American community, 1961-2006. The Center was founded by Father Peter J. Powell to offer social services to American Indian families newly arrived in Chicago as part of the BIA’s Indian Relocation Program. This federal program moved Indian families from the reservations to major cities, arranged for housing and jobs, and withdrew...
Dates: 1957-2016

Stockbridge and Munsee Tribe of Indians records

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-836
Abstract Tribal documents, 1789-1858, including petitions, memorials, arguments, powers of attorney, appointments, agreements, correspondence, financial reports, promissory notes, and requests for payment. Petitions, memorials, and arguments concern the tribe's negotiations with the U.S. government and the state of New York re: land sale profits and their distribution, relocation, citizenship, annuities, and other matters. There are appointments and powers of attorney authorizing John W. Quinney and...
Dates: 1789-1858

The Far West : Explorations of the Country from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean by Gunnison, Fremont, and Beckwith (1853-1854)

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-3261
Abstract

Album of mounted and unsigned manuscript sketches, views and panoramas of the American West. They are mostly attributed to Richard H. Kern but also to F. W. Egloffstein and possibly to S.N. Carvalho. These artists were members of expeditions of 1853 and 1854 which were assembled to explore, survey and map the 38th and 39th parallels in order to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Dates: 1853-1856

Thomas Lee Ballenger papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Ballenger
Abstract

Correspondence and writings of author, educator, and historian Thomas Lee Ballenger; photographs, legal papers, and documents of the Cherokee Indians, their territory, and prominent individuals who contributed to Oklahoma's history; genealogical materials including detailed tables, charts, and diagrams of individual Cherokee families; and extensive collections of archaeological artifacts.

Dates: 1730-1968; Majority of material found within 1835 - 1968

Thomas Martin Easterly daguerreotypes

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Photographs-3648-3662
Abstract

Fifteen daguerreotypes depicting images of Sauk, Fox, and Iowa Native Americans, as well as two non-native men.

Dates: approximately 1845-1849

Thomas Mather Papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT folio Graff-2707
Abstract

Letters, diaries, account book, map and biographical sketch, most in connection with Mather’s activities as one of three commissioners appointed by the government to survey and mark a route from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1825.

Dates: 1825-1886

Timothy Pickering letters

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-926
Abstract Correspondence, dating mainly from 1795, of the secretary of war, Timothy Pickering, primarily with David Henley, War Dept. agent in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, but also with David Campbell, William Blount, and John McNairy, regarding Indian and militia affairs in what is now Tennessee. Much of the 1795 correspondence, including an extract of a letter to Gov. Blount and an Aug. 28, 1795, letter to Judge David Campbell, concerns the U.S. refusal to support the...
Dates: 1795-1798; 1795

Tom Greenwood papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Greenwood
Abstract Papers of Thomas J. Greenwood, Housing Chairman of the American Indian Chicago Conference, sponsored by the University of Chicago in June, 1961. Mostly printed material consisting of correspondence, articles and pamphlets that relate to Indian policy in general and specifically the Conference, its preparation and its aftermath, as well as a few miscellaneous Indian-related items. Includes an autobiographical letter from Tom Greenwood to anthropologist Brian Bardy, and a videotaped...
Dates: 1960-1986; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1961

Velma Salabiye papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Salabiye
Abstract

Navajo librarian involved in promoting American Indian librarianship and evaluating major American Indian collections. Papers include research material for American Indian Bibliography that Salabiye worked on with John Aubrey of the Newberry Library.

Dates: 1980-1995

Virgil J. Vogel research and personal papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Vogel
Abstract

Writings and research material on American Indian place names and other subjects relating to Native Americans of the Chicago author and professor Virgil J. Vogel. Also includes newspaper and magazine articles, correspondence, and a few photographs.

Dates: 1941-1993

W. H. Jackson photochrom print collection

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Photographs-Jackson
Abstract

Color lithographic prints, made using the "Photochrom" process, published by Detroit Photographic Company from negatives made by W.H. Jackson.

Dates: 1898-1906

Westerners Chicago Corral records

 Collection
Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Westerners
Abstract

International organization started in Chicago in 1944 by Leland D. Case, editor of "The Rotarian Magazine," and Elmo Scott Watson, newspaperman and educator, to bring together historians and buffs interested in the American West. Records include correspondence and other materials documenting the activities of the group.

Dates: 1950-2004

William Blount Papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-74
Abstract

Letters, orders and receipts written by William Blount, pertaining to his administration of Indian and military affairs in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, 1794-1796. Correspondence directed to David Henley (as agent of the War Department), John Pitchlynn (U.S. interpreter to the Choctaw), and several other military officers.

Dates: 1794-1796

William Bollaert papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-83
Abstract The William Bollaert papers include eight separate items (Ayer MS 83a-83h) most of which relate to his years in Texas. The collection includes journals, notes, clippings, and maps consisting of the following items: Notes and memoranda, 1837-1838 (MS 83a); Private journals, 1841-1849 (MS 83b); Diary, 1844 (MS 83c); Texas in 1842 - by a Traveller (MS 83d); Personal Narrative of a Residence and Travels in the Republic of Texas, 1840-1844 (MS 83e); Notes on Texas, 1843-1844 (MS 83f); Notes and...
Dates: 1837-1849

William Douglas Johns papers

 Collection
Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-3123
Abstract

Typescript of an undated manuscript entitled The Early Yukon, Alaska and the Klondike Discovery, written by Seattle journalist and gold prospector William Douglas Johns. Also, 49 photographs to accompany Johns’ draft of the book which includes the early history of Alaska, the development of the gold rush, life in the mining camps and in Dawson City, and Johns’ own explorations and hardships while traveling in the region starting in 1895.

Dates: 1895-approximately 1941