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Correspondence, biographies, and accounts collected in the 1930s, but describing actions from many years previous. Focus is on western Indians, exploration, and pioneers, particularly pertaining to Colorado and Utah. Folder 1: correspondence from Thomas P. Willson of the society. Stories of Indian captivities in Nebraska. Folder 2: accounts about Tascosa Texas, Guatemala, Central America Accounts, E. B. Sopris, William Carroll Riggs, St. Louis, Pierre Laclede, William Campbell, The Pony Express, J. A. Billington, Thomas P. Wilson, Joseph McCoy, Theodore C. Henry, Mexico, Truman Blancett, Sand and Midway Island in the Pacific, Indian medicine balls, and correspondence written by William E. Drisdale, Jerry Hammer, Mrs. W. W. Boyle, and W. H. Streeper. Folder 3: Account about Indians by the government scout who captured Geronimo, recorded by Morris S. Swett, librarian at Fort Sill Oklahoma. Scout was a Kiowa named I-See-O. Includes excerpts of letters to E. H. Plummer
from Hugh L. Scott and notes on the history of Indian use of peyote. Folder 4: Autobiography of Thales H. Haskell. Includes experiences with Indians, Navajo, Ute and others, on a trip out west.
Folder 5: Correspondence from Thomas P. Wilson and Charles Kelly about the Mormon State of Deseret or Utah. Includes manuscripts written in the Deseret Alphabet by Thales H. Haskell, and E. K. Friller. Discussion of Deseret gold coins, Moquis Indians, Mormons, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Also a Photostat of a page from Ordinances of the State of Deseret. Folder 6: Flyer from Las Vegas dated March 24, 1882, titled Notice to thieves, thugs, fakirs, and bunko-steerers. Lists criminals and notes that they will be invited to a "grand neck tie party" if they do not leave town by 10:00pm that night. Criminals listed include, J.J. Harlin, aka Off Wheeler, Saw Dust Charlie, William Hedges, William Henry Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, Billy Mullin, Little Jack, The Cutter, and Pock-Marked Kid. Poster reproduced by the C. S. Card Iron Works Company, Denver. Folder 7: Map of Jefferson Territory and a Photostat of a proclamation, dated June 6, 1861, by R. W. Steele governor of
Jefferson Territory disbanding the territory and telling employees and residence to abide by the laws governing the United States. Folder 8: Information about Egyptians and Egypt, particularly King Tutankhamen by Howard Carter and Arthur Weigall excerpted from publications.
Folder 9: Minnequa Historical Society bulletins, 1934. Includes a photo of an old Spanish fort. Information about Indian arrowheads, the Oregon Trail, the Aztecs, information pertaining to the exploration of Colorado and Utah. Folder 10: Minnequa Historical Society bulletins, February through December 1935. Wide range of accounts and information about exploration and life of pioneers and Indians, description of places and forts, in the West, mainly Utah and Colorado. Includes some photos and postcards. Folder 11: Issues of the Minnequa Historical Society bulletins, 1936. These include accounts of pioneer life and Indians of the West. Information on Chief Crazy Horse, Jack Stilwell, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, and Pueblo and Lakota Indians. Folder 12: Various papers about Indians. Correspondence from T. P. Wilson, Margaret Burke, Andrew Jenson, and M. M. Watson. Photo of a Navajo family, information about Folsom points, legend of Texas about the women in blue, Fort
Bernard and Santa Clara Indians. Folder 13: Photos from the Oregon Trail near Guernsey, Wyoming. Possibly photos of a town, possibly a mine, wagon wheel tracks, several photos of the register cliffs and rocks showing the names of the pioneers carved in stone, gravestone of Mary E. Homsley. Names on registers include H. H. Roman, W. E. Conwell, L. Acers, E. S. Pemce, N Shre, J. Foreman, A. Lamb.
Folder 14: Three publications, The Colorado Magazine Volume 7 March 1930 with articles on Bent's Fort and Indians in Colorado; Pioneer Days in the Arkansas Valley in Southern Colorado and History of Bent's Fort by Charles Livingstone Seeley, August 1932; and Historical Sketch of Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase by Frank Bond and the Department of the Interior, 1933.