Samuel Austin Worcester papers, 1831-1868
Scope and Contents
In this collection there is only one original item: the agreement of the “Old Settlers” Council to follow him, with certain stipulations, to set up his press at the forks of the Illinois. Instead Worcester located the press at Union Mission where there was a building available. After little more than a year’s time, it was moved to Park Hill.
The remainder of the collection, dated from 1831 to 1868, consists of typescripts and Photostats of letters from his wife, Ann; his daughter Ann Eliza Robertson; and from D. D> Hitchcock, doctor in the Union Army who married his daughter Sarah and, after her death, her sister Hanna. There is also some correspondence about the location of the press, and a diary of Worcester’s kept in 1831 from January to July.
There is also a Photostat of the order to Worcester, dated February 15, 1834, to vacate his house in New Echota to Col. William Handen and to leave the state. The order is signed by William S. [Springer], agent of the Cherokees in Georgia.
- 1831 - 1868
Conditions Governing Access
Access is by appointment only.
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Austin Worcester (1798-1859) was a missionary to the Cherokees in Georgia and Indian Territory. His great Contribution was his translation of various works into Cherokee, securing the type of the Sequoyah Syllabary, and the many publications from his press for the Cherokees, Choctaws and Creeks.
Language of Materials
Existence and Location of Originals
The original order to Worcester is in the possession of a great grandson, H. W. Hicks of Tulsa.
- Creek Indians.
- Creek Language.
- Indian Territory -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Indians of North America -- Indian Territory -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Indians of North America -- Missions.
- Missions -- Indian Territory
- Special Collections -- Manuscripts -- Heinrich family.
- Worcester family
- Worcester, S. A. (Samuel Austin), 1798-1859
- Language of description
- Script of description