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Robert Knowles Boyd letters

Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-3025


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 1860's and 1870's.,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)


  • Creation: 1925-1927


Biographical / Historical

Eau Claire, Wis., land agent.,Born in New York in 1845 and raised near St. Charles, Minn., Boyd enlisted in the 6th Minnesota Regiment in the spring of 1862, was wounded in the Battle of Birch Coulee, and was discharged in 1863. Boyd came to the Chippewa River Valley of Wisconsin in 1868, where he worked on lumber rafts, entered the land business, served as an Eau Claire city councilman, and donated Boyd Park to the city.


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Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

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Formerly known as Ayer MS 101a.

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