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John G. Ellinghausen papers, 1910-1961

Identifier: 1979-019

Scope and Contents

The papers are divided into two series, Series 1: Business correspondence and documents and Series 2: Personal.

Series 1 consists of letters and legal documents relating to oil producers (primarily Wilson Petroleum Corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma), as well as letters from colleagues and financial institutions (primarily City Bank, Kansas City, Missouri). The correspondence relates to a variety of legal suits, claims, and oil and gas leases, filed by various companies and individuals seeking payment owed them by the Wilson Petroleum Corporation following the death of its owner, Hiram C. Wilson, in 1929. The correspondence and documents date from 1910 to 1932. Legal documents and correspondence relating to specific legal suits and/or claims are filed under the name of the plaintiff (e.g., plaintiff Harman C. Carmichael vs. Wilson Petroleum Corporation can be found under Carmichael, Harman C.) Cross-references are given for multiple plaintiffs and defendants whenever possible. Groups of letters and documents to and from, or relating to, a specific person are filed by the surname of the company or individual.

Following the correspondence and documents are two miscellaneous files consisting of travel expense receipts, unused bank checks, well records, and unidentified notes, as well as three manuscript notebooks containing Ellinghausen's court case notes and opinions.

Series 2 consists of correspondence between Ellinghausen and book dealers, collectors, government agencies, and historical societies, including 22 letters between Elinghausen and Grant Foreman exchanged during 1948-1949, and 2 letters to/from Marie Ellinghausen and art restorers. This correspondence dates from 1924-1961. Also included are newsletters, advertisements, personal notes and book lists, all relating to Ellinghausen's collection of southwestern Americana.


  • 1910 - 1961


These materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes.)

Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance uncertain.
John G. Ellinghausen papers, 1910-1961
Milissa Burkart
1992 February
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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