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Cherokee Papers, 1804-1871

Identifier: 28

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of a miscellaneous collection of material including some correspondence of Col. Return J. Meigs, Senator Harlan, President Grant, Col. Stand Watie; documents regarding sale of two slaves from the James Vann (1811) estate; names entitled to draw in land lottery of Gold Region in Georgia (1832); Old Settlers' Council Proceedings (1838-1865), and a list of 119 Old Settlers' names. There are Sequoyan documents and notes on his syllabary, a map of New Echota, and a Brainerd Mission Map, manuscript, with a family tree of the Mindwell-Caswell families, (1824). A complete listing of all documents in the Cherokee papers is included.

Important item: Probably the most important document is General Watie's official surrender, signed by Gen. Stand Watie, Lt. Col. A. C. Mathews, and Adj. William A Vance, June, 1865.


  • Creation: 1804 - 1871

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment alone.


50 items

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Physical Description

Generally good condition, although some items are quite fragile; a few are difficult to read. There are only a few typescripts.

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Repository Details

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

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127