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John Drew Collection, 1812-1916

 Collection
Identifier: MC-1954-58

Scope and Contents

Much of the collection consists of business papers of all sorts, many reflecting the various aspects of traffic in slaves, and has some giving information as to the cost of living over a long period of time. They also reflect the financial difficulties of cotton raisers and cattlemen. There are legal documents of all sorts, family letters, social invitations, and tribal matters ranging from trivial claims of individuals to matters pertaining to the tribe as a whole versus the U. S. Government. Many of the papers, of course, deal with his descendants.

Dates

  • 1812 - 1916

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only.

Biographical / Historical

John Drew was a leading Cherokee, both at the time of Removal and later as a representative of the tribe in Washington. Drew served as a Confederate soldier and officer; he was also a banker, a lawyer of sorts, and a storekeeper.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (approximately 400 items.)

Language of Materials

English

Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

Contact:
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127
918-631-6441