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Angie Debo Correspondence

Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Debo

Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence with friends Theodore W. and Louann Van Zelst, 1975-1981.

Personal letters concern Debo's writing of Geronimo, Louann Van Zelst's knowledge of Indian art, etc. "Friends of the Indians" form letters report on the Pima Indian water rights situation. Christmas letters and form letters note Debo's health and activities, 1975-1981. There is also correspondence between the Van Zelsts and Gov. Nigh of Oklahoma regarding a Debo tribute (1985), and two printed pieces.


  • Creation: 1975-1985



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Angie Debo correspondence is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Angie Debo correspondence is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Angie Debo

Noted Oklahoma Indian historian and advocate of Indian rights.

Born in Oklahoma and a life-long resident of Marshall, Oklahoma, Angie Debo received her doctorate in 1933 from the University of Oklahoma. In her publications on the Choctaws and the Creeks she pioneered the merging of anthropological and historical techniques. She also exposed allotment frauds and in 1951 wrote the Indian Rights Association report, The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma. Debo's illustrious career as an independent scholar was capped in 1976 with her book on the Fort Sill Apache, Geronimo. She continued to fight for Indian causes well into her eighties when she sought to help the Pima Indians of central Arizona receive a fair allocation of water.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Correspondence, 1975-1981, of Oklahoma Indian historian Angie Debo with Theodore W. and Louann Van Zelst regarding her book, Geronimo, water rights of the Pima Indians of Arizona, and other matters.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, followed by printed matter.

Collection Stack Location

3a 55 13


Gift of Louann Van Zelst, 1997.

Processed by

Martha Briggs, January, 2000

Inventory of the Angie Debo Correspondence, 1975-1985
Martha Briggs
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 08/17/2011: Revisions, additions, and updates were made.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States