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Quaker and Special Collections

Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs 1758-1929

Ms. Coll. 1003
ca. 2,400 items (8 boxes)

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Letters, 1908-1910

(6 folders)

Folder 1 Letters, 1908, January - June

(ca. 65 items: ALS, TLS, TL, telegram)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Samuel M. Brosius; R.S. Burnett; Charles Curtis; Irvin C. and Ethel L. Dickinson; John M. Doan; Davis H. Forsythe; Myra E. Frye; Merrill E. Gates; Isaac T. Gibson; J.J. and E.A. Hill; Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; John B. Garrett; Rachel Kirk; Charles F. Larrabee; Francis E. Leupp; Harvey Matlack; Edward W. Nicholson; John Nicholson; John Printup; Walter and Jessie Ratcliff; Thomas Ryan; Frank A. Thackery; John C. Thomas; Edward B. Vreeland; Herbert Welsh; Francis A. White

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • severe (final) illness of John Nicholson
  • transferring efforts from Hillside to another more pioneer station
  • conference between representatives of the various mission boards which work among the Indians
  • Haworth's visit to Hillside (Skiatook, Cherokee Nation) and the Osage Indians
  • smallpox at Big Jim's mission
  • Isaac T. Gibson's visit to Hominy
  • R.S. Burnett troublesome to W.P. Haworth
  • Kansas Yearly Meeting and assumption of responsibility for additional meetings
  • recommendations of missionary secretaries to board of Indian Commissioners (on alcohol, mescal, dancing, etc.)
  • Martin J. Bentley and the Kickapoo Indians; Thackery writes (3.3.1908) that the "case represents one of the greatest frauds that has ever been attempted" and thinks "(contrary to the Senate Committee which investigated the case) that Martin J. Bentley is the worst man connected with the whole transaction... he has been assisted in the work by men of influence in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs"
  • tuberculosis among the Indians (see Leupp's letter, 3.18.1908)
  • letter (3.31.1908) from John Printup, a Tonawanda Seneca Indian, inquiring about citizenship for Indians
  • relationship of the Indian Rights Association to the government re: criticism of Washington; strong support for Brosius (see Gates' letter of 4.27.1908)
  • land reserved for Friends at missions and legislation
  • discussion of Friends (an "honor roll") prominent for work with the Indians

also includes letters to:

  • D.H. Forsythe
    from: Edward M. Wistar re: his grandfather's work with Indians
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Isaac T. Gibson re: visit to Harmony [Hominy?]
  • Walter Smedley
    from: William P. Haworth
  • John Nicholson
    from: John M. and Rachel Ratcliff re: Bible to be presented to Iowa Indians

Folder 2 Letters, 1908, July - December

(ca. 54 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; Allen Jay; Rachel Kirk; H.H.B. Meyer; Thomas Ryan; Walter Smedley; Herbert Welsh; Ret Willard; D.A. and H.E. Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • Wistar sailing for England (for 2 or 3 mo.) and all matters relative to Indians from Haworths be sent to Walter Smedley
  • Hartsucks withdrawing from Wyandotte mission, to be replaced by the Georges
  • request for land near Hominy for Friends Indian Mission
  • sale at Hillside, the Dickinsons withdrawing, Kansas Yearly Mtg taking over meeting there
  • D.A. Williams and wife to go to new Osage mission
  • Big Jim's mission (letter of Rachel Kirk, 9.14.1908)
  • establishing a mission at Hominy, Osage Reservation, Oklahoma
  • Charles S. and Eunice A. Hunt to work at Otoe mission
  • newspaper clipping re: abuse at the Crow Indian Reservation (letter of Herbert Welsh printed in paper)
  • J.R. Cook and wife to take charge of Iowa Indian mission (near Perkins, Okla.)

also letters addressed to:

  • William P. Haworth
    from: Ira G. Carter re: expresses desire to take up work at a mission; J.R. and L.B. Cook re: taking Ratcliff's place at mission; Charles S. Hunt at Otoe mission; Walter Smedley; probably Walter Smedley [in place of Wistar]
  • members of the committee
    from: Edward M. Wistar re: the Association's diminished responsibility for Modoc, Ottawa, Hillside missions because of Kansas Yearly Mtg. and opening up mission with the Osages at Hominy, Oklahoma
  • Labon Miles
    from: [Walter Smedley?] re: interest in mission to the Osages
  • Walter Smedley
    from: L. Clarkson Hinshaw (Kansas Yearly Mtg.); William P. Haworth

Folder 3 Letters, 1909, January - March

(ca. 50 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Samuel M. Brosius; Ira G. Carter; John R. and Louisa B. Cook; M. Friedman; Myra E. Frye; William P. Haworth; Charles S. and Eunice A. Hunt; Allen Jay; Charles J. Kappler and Charles H. Merillat (attorneys for the Osage Nation); F.A. McKenzie; [H.B. Peaii]; Walter B. and Jessie M. Ratcliff; Charles J. Rhoads; Matthew K. Sniffen; Walter Smedley; Jonathan M. Steere; J. Brownlee Voorhees

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • finding ministers to work at Big Jim's mission (Ira G. Carter, A.F. Bolland)
  • Iowa mission (the Cooks' are working there)
  • legislation in Congress affecting Indians and religious missions (land related), Indians and statehood bill, Navajos on public land, list of Indian legislation (bills in Senate and House)
  • selling land at Tecumseh
  • Modoc mission (Ratcliffs are there)
  • finances of missions

also letters addressed to:

  • Hon. Edward L. Hamilton
    from: Samuel M. Brosius re: legislation and from Hamilton to Brosius (typed copies)
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Frank A. Thackery; Anthony F. and Sarah R. Bolland re: taking on mission work at Big Jim's mission; A.W. Hurley re: Hominy mission
  • Hon. John H. Stephens
    from: Samuel M. Brosius re: legislation
  • Herbert Welsh
    from: Lucretia T. Ross re: a Major W.A. Mercer (who was superintendent at Carlisle Indian School), she encloses copies of papers (depositions) to support a case against him, these were shown to Leupp

Folder 4 Letters, 1909, April - December

(ca. 72 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: S.M. Abbott; Edgar A. Allen; Harlan P. Beach; Samuel M. Brosius; T. Wistar Brown; Ira G. Carter; J.R. Cook; J.H. [Dotch]; Myra E. Frye; Earle J. Harold; C.S. Hauke; William P. Haworth; Charles S. Hunt; Elsie E. Hunt; Allen Jay; M.S. Kimber; J.L. Kinsey; Rachel Kirk; O. and M.C. Mendenhall; Thomas C. Moffett (Presbyterian Church, Dept. of Indian Missions); Mrs. M.F. Mosby; Morton C. Pearson; W.B. and Jessie M. Ratcliff; Thomas Ryan; Walter Smedley; Jonathan M. Steere; Elizabeth Test; Robert G. Valentine; Harvey and Lizzie Wallace; Welsh Bros.; Miles White; D.A. and H.C. Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • selling the Tecumseh land
  • legislation in Congress affecting Indians
  • situation at Hominy (4.18.1909 letter of D.A. Williams tells of gambling)
  • situation at Miami, Okla. (Mendenhalls are there and wish to leave)
  • Kimber writing on Friends and the Indians
  • land on various Indian reservations occupied by the Society of Friends
  • Osages reject Society of Friends application for a lease of land at Hominy, Okla. (see letter of 7.12.1909)
  • donation of money to Committee by T. Wistar Brown
  • situation at Modoc mission (Ratcliffs are there)
  • trouble at Big Jim's mission (see Haworth's letter, 8.20.1909, Bollands are overbearing and heady)
  • Kansas Yearly Mtg. responsible for Hillside meeting
  • Ira G. and Oneida B. Carter going to work at Ottawa mission

also letters addressed to:

  • Mrs. M.F. Mosby
    from: William P. Haworth re: Hillside
  • Samuel M. Brosius
    from: D.C. McCurtain (attorney, Choctaw Nation) re: abolishing tribal relationships and legal ramifications (Lake Mohonk Conference favors, McCurtain doesn't)

Folder 5 Letters, 1910, January - June

(ca. 61 items: ALS, TLS, TL, newspaper clipping, receipt, reprint)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.H. Abbott; Samuel M. Brosius; James Carey; Fred W. Carpenter; Ira C. Deaver; Charles H. Fahs; John J. Fitzgerald; Davis H. Forsythe; C.F. Hauke; Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; George D. Hilyard; Charles S. Hood; A. Edwin Keigwin (Ursinus College); Rachel Kirk; Thomas C. Moffett; Morton C. Pearson; R.H. Pratt; Walter Smedley; Frank A. Thackery; Robert G. Valentine; Irving P. Wanger; Daniel and Hattie Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • lists of bills in Congress related to Indians (letters of Brosius)
  • Kickapoo land scheme, Bentley and company are at it again (see letter of Thackery and those of Brosius)
  • difficulty in finding suitable people to work at the missions, Grey Horse mission starting up
  • trouble at Modoc mission, Philander and Carrie Blackledge going to take Modoc mission
  • continuing troubles at Big Jim's mission
  • requests for patent in fee to lands used by Society of Friends on the reservations
  • cooperative efforts to determine which Indians do not have missionaries among them and to reach them (see letter of 3.10.1910 of Thomas Moffett)
  • Davis Forsythe writes re: Kimber papers
  • newspaper clipping on La Follette, title to Wisconsin land and Stearns Lumber Co. (5.30.1910)
  • reprint of letter written by Brosius to newspaper re: rights of Indians (5.17.1910)

also letters addressed to:

  • William P. Haworth
    from: C.S. and E.A. Hunt re: Otoe mission; J.G. and O.P. Carter re: news at Miami mission
  • Walter Smedley
    from: D.A. and H.E. Williams re: situation at Hominy mission
  • Herbert Welsh
    from: R.G. Valentine re: Crow investigation (typed copy)

Folder 6 Letters, 1910, July - December

(ca. 66 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Philander and Caroline M. Blackledge; C.W. Brooks; T. Wistar Brown; Charles H. Fahs; Davis H. Forsythe; John Francis; George N. Hartley; C.F. Hauke; Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; Henry S. Haskins; Charles S. and Eunice A. Hunt; William R. Layne; Clyde W. Likes; J.F. Love; F.A. McKenzie; Mary N. Miller; Charles C. Moffett; Warren K. Moorhead; Walter Smedley; Jonathan M. Steere; Robert G. Valentine; Daniel A. and Hattie Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • Clyde W. Likes withdraws from Hillside, quarreling neighbors the reason given by Likes
  • patents on land held by Society of Friends at the various missions
  • continuing trouble at Big Jim's mission, the Bollands prove unsatisfactory and are asked to resign
  • prospective changes in personnel at several missions (Big Jim's and Ottawa)
  • news of Hominy mission (letters of Daniel Williams)
  • news at Otoe mission (letters of C.S. Hunt)
  • request from W.K. Moorhead for Friends to do something to save Chippewa Indians at White Earth reservation in Minn. (disease)
  • cooperation between the various religious groups working with the Indians
  • news at Seneca (is this same as Modoc mission?) (letter of Philander and Caroline Blackledge), "Apostolic Holiness" people there
  • Ira G. and Oneida B. Carter resign from Ottawa mission, Okla.
  • Charles and Mattie [Wooten] doing good work at Iowa mission
  • Baptists working among the Osages (J.F. Love, Home Mission Council of the Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Cyrus and Amy Hawkins to go to Ottawa mission
  • Henry and Collie Marshall to go to Big Jim's mission
  • donation to the Indian Aid Committee from T. Wistar Brown
  • Forsythe writes about proposed book on Friends and the Indians
  • George N. Hartley taking Allen Jay's place on Indian Committee

also letters addressed to:

  • Commissioner of Indian Affairs
    from: Ralph P. Stanion re: mission lands for Friends Society (typed copy)
  • Secretary of the Interior
    from: F.H. Abbott re: patents in fee for mission lands on Modoc and Wyandotte Indian Reservations, Oklahoma
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Cyrus H. and Amy B. Hawkins re: Ottawa mission; H.L. Wallace re: schoolhouse at [Seneca] (2 ALS); Anthony H. and S.R. Bolland re: their letter of resignation from Big Jim's mission; D.A. Williams re: Hominy mission
  • Matthew K. Sniffen
    from: Samuel M. Brosius re: Yuma Indians and land claims during Commissioner Leupp's tenure (typed copy)
  • "Cousin Beulah"
    from: E.M. Wistar re: thanks her for sending photograph of his grandfather
  • J.F. Love
    from: Chairman Indian Committee [Thomas C. Moffett] re: introduces Wistar to him

Box 6 | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8

Letters, 1911-1913

(6 folders)

Folder 1 Letters, 1911, January - June

(ca. 39 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Samuel P. Brosius; Mary K. Carey; Elaine Goodale Eastman; Myra E. Frye; Carl E. Grammer (pres. Indian Rights Assoc.); Cyrus H. and Amy B. Hawkins; Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; Charles S. Hunt; Morton C. Pearson; John M. [Redfalk] (secretary, Interior Dept.); Walter Smedley; Frank A. Thackery; Robert G. Valentine; J. Brownlee Voorhees; Harvey L. and Lizzie Wallace; Miles White

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • Society of Friends and land used by the missions on the various reservations
  • situation at Ottawa mission, Miami, Oklahoma in letters of Cyrus Hawkins (they are discouraged)
  • news of Otoe mission in letters of Charles S. Hunt
  • confidence in Carl E. Grammer as president of IRA
  • Home Missions Council asks Associated Executive Committee to join them as members; AEC doesn't wish to participate in HMC's move to have a legal representative in Washington, suggests that IRA be the representative of Protestant interests in Washington
  • trying to sell Tecumseh land
  • drought in west, little water in Shawnee (home of Haworths)
  • Bentley case continues - Grimes, Chapman and Brown in federal jail at Guthrie, Oklahoma (see Thackery letter of 2.11.1911)
  • request from Elaine Goodman Eastman for info. on Indians and Quakers
  • lists of bills in Congress affecting Indians (Brosius letters)
  • letter from Valentine to the missionary boards re: position on mission schools and religious exercises
  • proposed resignation of Charles S. and Eunice Hunt from Otoe mission
  • resignation of Cyrus H. and Amy B. Hawkins from Ottawa Indian mission, Miami, Oklahoma

also letters addressed to:

  • Mrs. Charles Eastman
    from: [Walter Smedley?] re: Indians and Quakers (typed copy)
  • Pliny Fry
    from: [Walter Smedley?] re: his letter to Hatty Garrett re: publishing monthly reports in the "American Friend"
  • Hetty B. Garrett
    from: Pliny Fry re: getting the monthly reports on Indian work before a wider audience of Friends; Albert J. Brown re: Wilmington Yearly Meeting (Ohio) ending contributions to Assoc. Exec. Com. on Indian Affairs
  • Abigail C. Haworth
    from: Amy B. Hawkins re: moving expenses to Miami
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Ira C. Deaver re: patent in fee for land, authorization from Ottawa tribe for same; [Walter Smedley?] re: expenses, Hillside (typed copy)
  • Walter Smedley
    from: William P. Haworth re: Hillside property; Elaine Goodale Eastman re: info. on Friends and the Indians; William P. Haworth re: Osage mission, Hillside property (3 ALS); Myra E. Frye re: expenses for Lina Lunt

Folder 2 Letters, 1911, July - December

(ca. 87 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.H. Abbott; T. Wistar Brown; Edward F. Child; Isaiah Douglas; Walter T. Everett; Myra E. Frye; George N. Hartley; Abigail C. Haworth; John P. and N. May Haworth; William P. Haworth; Home Mission Council; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; Rosa B. LaFlesche (American Indian Assoc.); Lina Lunt; Joseph E. McAfee; F.A. McKenzie; Henry and Callie Marshall; Daniel C. Maxfield; Thomas C. Moffett; Walter Smedley; Jonathan M. Steere; Stella Symons; Elizabeth Test; Daniel A. and Hattie E. Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • money for Indian work, possible that there may be less due to growing interest in foreign missions
  • resignation of the Hunts from Otoe mission and replaced with John Lewis Mayo and wife
  • Rayner Kelsey discussed his proposed book on Friends and the Indians
  • John P. and May Haworth now at Hillside and work there (son of Wm. and Abigail Haworth)
  • summary of the annual meeting of the Home Mission Council for 1911
  • land occupied by the missions at the various reservations and attempts to get patents on land
  • Henry and Callie Marshall wish to resign from Big Jim's mission, Clyde Likes or Austin Hatcher as possible replacements
  • Associated Exec. Com. joins the American Indian Assoc.
  • sale of land at Hillside to Mr. Abbott
  • Elizabeth Test resigns as Field Matron with the Kickapoos but will continue religious work on her own
  • Isaiah Douglas interested in farm at Kickapoo mission (see interesting evaluation of him and family in letter of Elizabeth Test, 10.11.1911)
  • in this folder "The need of Indian Public Opinion" by Robert G. Valentine, an address delivered at the first annual conf. of the Society of American Indians, 1911
  • news of Hominy mission in letter of Daniel A. and Hattie Williams
  • Clyde Likes to go to Ottawa mission
  • Austin and Irene Hatcher to go to Big Jim's mission (Norman, Okla.)

also letters addressed to:

  • S.M. Abbott
    from: William P. Haworth re: barn at Hillside
  • William P. Haworth
    from: S.M. Abbott re: disagreement over ownership of barn at Hillside, includes drawing of plot of land (2 ALS); Thomas Ryan re: sale of mission land at Skiatook at public sale; Biddison & Campbell (lawyers) re: who owns barn at Hillside; [] Fink re: request that William George be returned to the mission at Miami; Rachel Kirk re: Austin Hatcher for Big Jim's mission; Louise (W.P.H. adds that author of letter is a Shawnee girl); C.W. Likes re: doesn't wish to go to Big Jim's mission; Henry and Callie Marshall re: don't wish to stay another year, submits resignation (2 ALS); J.L. Mayo re: Otoe mission
  • Rayner W. Kelsey
    from: W.[J.] Elkinton re: Indian records presented by his father to the committee
  • Ben Phillips
    from: William P. Haworth re: rent unpaid at Hillside
  • Walter Smedley
    from: Elaine G. Eastman re: her book on Indian education; Edward M. Wistar re: state of Friends Indian work (written while in Japan, 12.9.1911); [WS and] Jonathan M. Steere from Edward M. Wistar; E.M. Wistar re: various people for the missions

Folder 3 Letters, 1912, January - April

(ca. 51 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Philander and Caroline M. Blackledge; Samuel M. Brosius; Florence L. Cummings; Ira C. Deaver; Robert D. Hall; George N. Hartley; C.F. Hauke; William P. Haworth; Joseph E. McAfee; F.A. McKenzie; Neil McMillan; J.J. Mills; Warren K. Moorhead; Morton C. Pearson; H.C. Phillips; Walter Smedley; Charles Stelzle; Charles L. Thompson; Robert G. Valentine; J. Brownlee Voorhees; Charles L. White

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • continuing disagreement with Mr. Abbott re: the barn at Hillside and attempts by the committee to prove that they are entitled to the land there even though it has been sold out from under them
  • Clyde Likes going to Ottawa mission
  • discussion between Valentine and Moorhead re: emphasis of federal Indian policy, White Earth scandal and whether Moorhead would go public with the information
  • Chilocco Indian School and letters from various representatives of the Y.M.C.A.
  • Lake Mohonk Conferences and some proposed changes put forth by H.C. Phillips in answer to criticism of the current format and value
  • letters from Home Missions Council
  • news of [Modoc?] mission, Seneca, Mo. from the Blackledges

also letters addressed to:

  • John [Haworth]
    from: William P. Haworth re: Hillside
  • William P. Haworth
    from: S.M. Abbott re: barn in dispute at Hillside; Edward M. Wistar re: Hillside allotment
  • Matthew K. Sniffen
    from: W.R. Johnson re: situation of the Indians in Arizona now that it has become a state

Folder 4 Letters, 1912, May - December

(ca. 106 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.H. Abbott; Philander Blackledge; Samuel M. Brosius; Ivey C. Clark; Isaiah Douglas; Robert W. Douglas; William B. Evans; Myra E. Frye; Hetty B. Garrett; William L. and L.S. George; Robert D. Hall; George N. Hartley; Henry S. Haskins; Austin Hatcher; Abigail Haworth; William P. Haworth; Hubert C. Herring; Allen D. Hole; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; Edgar B. Meritt; Authur C. Parker; H.C. Phillips; Thomas Ryan; Walter Smedley; Ralph P. Stanion; Jonathan M. Steere; Charles Stelzle; Charles L. Thompson; George D. Weeks; Charles L. White; Miles White; Daniel A. and Hattie A. Williams; James Wood; Charles N. and Mattie Wooten; J.G. Wright

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • ruling on the wearing of sectarian clothing in Indian Government Schools
  • getting title to the disputed land at Skiatook mission, (Hillside property); getting patents for land at other missions as well
  • letters from various representatives of the Y.M.C.A. re: Indian schools
  • news of [Iowa] mission (Perkins, Okla.) from Charles Wooten
  • Georges are at Wyandotte, Okla.; Georges leave Wyandotte
  • possibility of transferring Indian work to care of Five Years Meeting
  • news of Big Jim's mission from Austin Hatcher, Indians hungry
  • possible decrease in financial support for Indian work from New England Yearly Mtg.; also a growing lack of financial support for this work from other Meetings is evident
  • letters from Home Mission Council re: Home Mission Week
  • Philander Blackledge wishes to resign work at Seneca, Mo.
  • Edgar Meritt thanks Wistar for endorsement of him to be Commissioner of Indian Affairs and feels confident that he will be named successor to Valentine
  • John Haworth now at Wyandotte, the Giffords now at Hillside, Philander and Carrie Blackledge resigned work at Modoc
  • Rayner W. Kelsey at work on his book on Friends and the Indians
  • Ivey C. Clark interested in mission work, will be sent to Modoc mission
  • Skiatook mission land conveyed to Assoc. Ex. Com. by govt.
  • illness and death of John P. Haworth

also letters addressed to:

  • []from: E.M. Wistar (circular letter)
  • Samuel M. Brosius
    from: F.H. Abbott re: patent in fee for Ottawa land used by mission (2 TLS)
  • Mary King Carey
    from: [Matthew K. Sniffen?] re: Seminole Indians
  • Horace B. Durant
    from: Thomas Ryan re: Hillside property (typed copy)
  • Hetty B. Garrett
    from: Wm. J. Harrison re: can`t attend meeting of Ex. Com.
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Horace B. Durant re: Hillside property; [] re: Hillside property (typed copy); J.A. Griffitts re: going to Skiatook; Ivey C. Clark re: his expenses in getting to Seneca; F.H. Abbott re: Hillside land; J.G. Wright re: Hillside land; J.L. Mayo re: expenses at mission (Red Rock, Okla.); Charles and Florence B. Gifford re: wants a minister for Hillside; Isaac and Laura Fra[zier] re: work at a mission
  • Walter Smedley
    from: George N. Hartley re: talking to various Yearly Meetings and decreasing funding for Indian work
  • Jonathan M. Steere
    from: Mary A. Gove re: lessening of funds from New England Yearly Mtg for Indian work and concerns about the work with the Kickapoos which they are supporting (typed copy); William P. Haworth re: financial

Folder 5 Letters, 1913, January - May

(ca. 67 items: ALS, TLS)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Roxana Abbott; S.M. Abbott; Joshua L. Bailey; Sherman Coolidge; Isaac and Laura M. Frazier; M. Friedman; J.A. Griffitts; Robert D. Hall; Abigail C. Haworth; George N. Hartley; C.F. Hauke; N. May Haworth; William P. Haworth; Hubert C. Herring; L. Clarkson Hinshaw; George Innes; Rayner W. Kelsey; J.E. McAfee; Charles S. MacFarland; Thomas C. Moffett; W.K. Moorhead; S.C. Nicholson; Harvey C. Olin; Eugenia H. Parker; Jonathan M. Steere; Cornelia Taber; Elizabeth Test; Robert G. Valentine; Herbert Welsh; Charles L. White; Miles White; Carolena M. Wood

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • vacancy at Wyandotte, Isaac and Laura Frazier taking that place
  • letters from the Home Mission Council
  • Rayner W. Kelsey working on his book on Friends and the Indians
  • letters from representatives of the Y.M.C.A. re: Indian school (Chilocco Indian School)
  • William P. and Abigail C. Haworth resigning from their positions as superintendents
  • M. Friedman wishes to be appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs
  • possible successors for the Haworths
  • Kate Barnard (of Okla. Dept. of Charities and Corrections) is interested in the Skiatook property as a possible farm for the after-care of convicts
  • requests for help from Assoc. Ex. Com. for the Indians in California (letter of Cornelia Taber, 4.2.1913)
  • letters from the United Missionary Campaign
  • letters from the Society of American Indians
  • sale of Hillside property to S.A. Abbott

also letters addressed to:

  • Hetty B. Garrett
    from: William Demerest re: Home Mission Council; Pliny Fry re: can't attend meeting of Assoc. Ex. Com.
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Ivey C. Clark re: wants moving expenses paid by committee; Kate Barnard re: Skiatook property
  • Secretary of the Interior
    from: Lewis C. Lavlin re: patents in fee for Friends Mission Society (typed copy)
  • Walter Smedley
    from: E.M. Wistar

Folder 6 Letters, 1913, June - December

(ca. 65 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: S.M. Abbott; Ivey C. Clark; Henry Roe Cloud; William C. Cowperthwaite; Ira C. Deaver; Pliny Fry; Myra E. Frye; Hattie E. Hadley; Robert D. Hall; George N. Hartley; C.F. Hauke; William P. Haworth; George D. Hilyard; Eber S. Hobson; Rachel Kirk; Charles MacFarland; J.J. Mills; Thomas C. Moffett; George H. Moore; Arthur C. Parker; Walter Smedley; Lewis E. Stout; Elizabeth Test; Harvey L. Wallace; Amos Walton; Charles R. Watson; Miles White; Carolena W. Wood; Charles L. Wooten

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people working there, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • Lewis E. Stout declines job as Haworth's successor
  • letters from Home Mission Council re: unevangelized Indians
  • letters from United Missionary Campaign
  • letters from the Society of American Indians
  • patents on mission land on the Seneca Indian Reservation, Okla.
  • Abbott writes (7.8.1913) that the Mormans are ready to move into Hillside when the Com. sells the meeting house property there
  • news of [Seneca] mission from Harvey L. Wallace
  • Rayner W. Kelsey touring the various missions
  • questions of continuing support of the various missions and whether they should be supported by their communities (see letter of 7.20.1913 of William P. Haworth)
  • decrease in interest in Indian work and an increase in foreign missionary work (see letter of 8.27.1913 from George Hilyard)
  • news of [Iowa] mission, Perkins, Okla. from Charles L. Wooten
  • J.J. Mills preparing work explaining work of the Five Years Meeting
  • some of the Iowa Indians going to Washington and Philadelphia and visiting Kelsey and Wistar
  • the Haworths consent to stay on as Superintendents awhile longer

also letters addressed to:

  • Ivey C. and Hannah I. Clark
    from: [Walter Smedley] re: finances
  • George N. Hartley
    from: Eber S. Hobson re: entering Indian work
  • William P. Hartley
    from: [Walter Smedley] re: Ivey C. Clark taking Ottawa work as well as Modoc work
  • William P. Haworth
    from: Clyde Likes re: Miami hiring their own pastor; C.W. Likes
  • Eber S. Hobson
    from: [Walter Smedley?] re: his interest in Indian work
  • Eroll D. Peckham
    from: [Walter Smedley?] re: his interest in Indian work
  • Walter [Smedley]
    from: Jonathan M. Steere re: Ottawa Friends (2 ALS); William P. Hartley re: unsuitability of Walter Ratcliff and family for Indian work, Ivey C. Clark at Modoc and Shawnee Bend (Ottawa), "Otoe Indian Friend's Church" believed by Haworth to be the first strictly Indian Friends meeting to have been organized in this field (4 letters); Carolena M. Wood re: a successor for the Haworths; Eroll D. Peckham re: not interested in Indian work; Eber S. Hobson re: interested in Indian work
  • Jonathan Steere
    from: Hattie E. Hadley re: asking him to forward letter to Wistar

Box 7 | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8

Letters, 1914-1927

(7 folders)

Folder 1 Letters, 1914, January - June

(ca. 64 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.H. Abbott; Joshua L. Baily; Martha E. Barber; Samuel M. Brosius; Isaac and Laura Frazier; Mary H. Freeman; Carl E. Grammer; Robert D. Hall; George N. Hartley; Abigail C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; Allen D. Hole; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; John L. Mayo; Thomas C. Moffett; Warren K. Moorhead; H.C. Olin; M.C. Scattergood; Cato Sells; Walter Smedley; Matthew K. Sniffen; Elizabeth Test; H.L. Wallace; Herbert Welsh; John W. Wood; Charles L. and Martha Wooten

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth
  • letters from representatives of the Y.M.C.A. re: education of Indians
  • political atmosphere in Washington, Moorhead writes (2.16.1914) that there is a move to get rid of those who support the Indians' rights
  • new meeting house built at Kickapoo mission
  • letters from Home Missions Council
  • news of Wyandotte from Isaac and Laura Frazier
  • circular letters from Cato Sells re: Indians and stopping the liquor traffic, Indians and farming
  • minutes of the Committee on Indian Work of the Home Missions Council, 1914
  • news of Iowa Indian mission (Perkins, Okla.) from Charles and Martha Wooten
  • Bentley, W.S. Fields and the Kickapoo scheme before Congress (see Elizabeth Test letter, 4.8.1914; Brosius, 5.1.1914)
  • concern that missionaries not given enough financial support (M.E. Barber writes 4.24.1914, "People who would work here for $400 are not the kind who would do any good ...")
  • news of Otoe mission from John L. Mayo, Red Rock, Okla.
  • situation of the Iowa Indians (letter of Rachel Kirk, 6.17.1914)

also letters addressed to:

  • Joshua L. Baily
    from: Ivey C. Clark re: thinks he can make money operating thrashing machine
  • Pliny Fry
    from: S.E. Nicholson re: publication of Indian reports in the American Friend
  • George N. Hartley
    from: Charles C. Haworth re: work at Shawnee
  • Rayner W. Kelsey
    from: Charles L. Wooten re: visit of Indians (Chief Dave Tohee of the Iowas) to Washington and they wish to meet with Wistar
  • Marriott [C. Morris?]
    from: Charles J. Rhoads re: contributions to Indian Aid Society
  • Hon. J.T. Robinson (Senate)
    from: Edward M. Wistar re: Kickapoos and Martin J. Bentley (Wistar first became aware of Bentley 17 years ago) (typed copy, signed)
  • [Cato] Sells
    from: Joseph H. Choate re: "curse of whiskey" (typed copy)
  • Jonathan M. Steere
    from: Pliny Fry re: publication of Indian reports in the American Friend; George N. Hartley re: Hartley's tour of the missions

Folder 2 Letters, 1914, July - December

(ca. 118 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.A. Abbott; W.F. Bradway; Samuel M. Brosius; Clark and Elma T. Brown; T. Wistar Brown; Pliny Fry; John H. Furnas; Howard B. Grace; A.J. Hadley; S.M. Hadley; George N. Hartley; Austin Hatcher; Abigail C. Haworth; Charles C. Haworth; William P. Haworth; George D. Hilyard; Allen D. Hole; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; Charles S. Macfarland; John L. Mayo; Lucy Logan; Lina B. Lunt; Thomas C. Moffett; Margaret L. Moody; Arthur C. Parker; Morton C. Pearson; H.C. Phillips; J. Farland Randolph; John M. Ratcliff; Walter B. Ratcliff; Cato Sells; Jonathan M. Steere; Anna Doan Stephens; Elwood Tatum; Elizabeth Test; Harvey L. Wallace; Miles White; Daniel and Hattie Williams; Carolena M. Wood; Charles Wooten

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of William P. Haworth and his successor, Clark Brown
  • Charles C. Haworth not interested in replacing his father as Superintendent
  • news of mission at Hominy from Daniel A. Williams
  • financial situation of the Assoc. Exec. Com., lack of adequate funding, whether to close the Iowa mission
  • finding replacements for William P. and Abigail C. Haworth as Superintendents
  • news of [Seneca] mission from Harvey Wallace
  • discussion of Clark Brown as successor to William Haworth, and thoughts pro and con in regard to him
  • news of Big Jim mission, Norman, Okla. from Austin Hatcher, he feels he should resign as sees little progress in the three years he has been there
  • Walter Ratcliff wants to work at Iowa mission
  • financial contribution to Committee from T. Wistar Brown
  • list of missionary boards working with the Indians
  • news of Otoe mission from John L. Mayo, writes that some Indians are giving up use of peyote
  • Clark Brown appointed as Superintendent to succeed Haworth
  • news of Iowa mission from Charles Wooten, writes that the Indians like them but not the Friends doctrine, Indians following Robert Small and Church of God people
  • John L. Mayo and a Baptist minister engaged in a water baptism (see letters of Haworth, 9.18.1914 and Mayo, 9.25.1914)
  • Indian dances (Haworth, 9.18.1914)
  • letters from the Home Missions Council
  • Indian legislation re: Ogden Land Company and Indian reservations in New York
  • resignation of John L. and S.N. Mayo from work at Otoe mission
  • Baptist minister, Mr. Crane, visits Shawnee [at Hillside?], possible conflict
  • George N. Hartley visiting the various missions and reports to Wistar his findings
  • Lina B. Lunt has tuberculosis (at Kickapoo mission)
  • religious exhibit at Panama-Pacific Exposition (in letters from Five Years Meeting)
  • text of a speech [?] of Wistar's (incomplete, apparently given at a conference in June of 1914, typed version of same in box 8, folder of misc. reports)

also letters addressed to:

  • George N. Hartley
    from: Clark Brown re: new well, cistern (2 letters); John L. Mayo re: conflict with Baptist preacher and the Indians; Fred L. Ryon re: inquiring about the position of Superintendent; George H. Moore re: Clark Brown
  • Clarkson and Emma Brown
    from: Ivey and Hannah Clark re: wants permission to visit sick relatives; E.M. Wistar re: position of Superintendent
  • Cato Sells
    from: Gabe E. Parker re: Parker's opinion of Sells
  • Jonathan M. Steere
    from: David M. Edwards re: recommendation of Clark Brown
  • William P. and A.C. Haworth
    from: Charles Wooten re: Wootens' work with Iowa Indians; Clark Brown re: Superintendent position; Jessie Ratcliff re: Ratcliffs' want to take up work at Iowa mission

Folder 3 Letters, 1915, January - June

(ca. 58 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: F.A. Abbott; S.J. Allen; Harry Bock (Baptist minister); Samuel M. Brosius; Clark Brown; Ira C. Deaver; Samuel A. Eliot; Pliny Fry; Myra E. Frye; George N. Hartley; William P. Haworth; Mrs. Amos K. Hollowell; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; Hannah H.B. Lloyd; Thomas C. Moffett; [Eugenid] H. Parker; M.C. Pearson; Wm. H. Pile's Sons; W.B. and Jessie M. Ratcliff; Fred B. Smith; Matthew K. Sniffen; Jonathan M. Steere; Elizabeth Test; Frank A. Thackery; George Vaux, Jr.; [Annie?] Walton; Daniel A. Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of Clark Brown
  • typed copy of "Report of the Committee on Indian Missions presented at the annual meeting of the Home Missions Council, January 12, 1915"
  • Elizabeth Test takes up position as Field Matron
  • Indian matters before Congress (Brosius letters)
  • letters from Home Missions Council
  • Bethany Church land in Delaware Co., Okla.
  • potential conflicts with the Southern Baptist and the Catholic missionaries
  • Lina B. Lunt resigns position at Kickapoo
  • Osage Reservation, sub-leasing of land [to oil interests?]
  • Charles and Mattie Wooten to go to Kickapoo mission
  • news of Hominy mission from Daniel A. Williams
  • situation with the Iowa Indians (Indians are using "peota" and water baptism, Clark Brown suggests that Friends withdraw from that mission)
  • Ratcliffs wish to be considered for vacancy at Iowa mission
  • Rachel Kirk leaving Kickapoo mission, Elizabeth Test allowed to stay with Committee support
  • long letter from Harry Bock on his disagreement with John L. Mayo re: Oto Indians, peyote, baptism and interference with Mayo's work and suggestion from Mayo that Bock take over the mission from Friends

also letters addressed to:

  • Rev. Harry Bock (Missionary to the Pawnee Indians)
    from: J.L. and S.N. Mayo re: Bock's alleged interference with Oto Indians at Mayos' mission
  • Clark Brown
    from: Walter Smedley re: mission business
  • [ ] Mayo
    from: Rev. Harry Bock re: his reply to Mayo's charges
  • Walter [Smedley]
    from: Jonathan M. Steere re: Asso. Ex. Com. business
  • Wm. Smedley and J.M. Steere
    from: E.M. Wistar re: selling Iowa mission
  • Matthew K. Sniffen
    from: Samuel M. Brosius re: J. George Wright, the newly appointed Supt. of Osage and past troubles at Osage Reservation, Okla. (typed copy)
  • John Springer
    from: Clark Brown re: Springer wishes to purchase mission property

Folder 4 Letters, 1915, July - December

(ca. 64 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: S.J. Allen; Harlan P. Beach; Clark Brown; Esther Cook; Morris W. Ehnes; Charles H. Fahs; Myra E. Frye; George N. Hartley; Frank and Allie Hatcher; C.F. Hauke; C.W. Kenworthy; Rachel Kirk; Joseph E. McAfee; J.J. Mills; Thomas C. Moffett; Arthur C. Parker; R.H. Pratt; G.B. St. John; Jonathan M. Steere; M.F. Swafford; M.M. Welch

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of Clark Brown
  • selling Modoc mission property
  • Kansas Yearly Meeting not in favor of a transfer of Modoc and Ottawa mission stations to them
  • John L. Mayo resigning position at Otoe mission, Frank and Allie Hatcher to take Otoe mission
  • Oto Indians (Harry Bock and Baptists wishing to take over the mission)
  • Exhibit of National Religious Forces at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
  • letters from the Home Missions Council
  • Lina Lunt's return to Kickapoo and possible problems resulting from same

also letters addressed to:

  • S.J. Allen
    from: Board of Indian Commissioners re: info. on Comm. on Friends on Indian Affairs' work
  • Rev. Harry Bock
    from: [Clark Brown] re: Oto Indians
  • Clark Brown
    from: L.C. Hinshaw (Kansas Yearly Mtg.); Rev. Harry Bock re: Oto Indian mission; H.L. Jones re: opening at mission (3 letters); D.A. and Hattie E. Williams re: request for more financial support; G. Lee Phelps re: possibility of purchasing Modoc property for Baptist Church; Philander and Carrie Blackledge re: buying Friends church at Modoc mission; Charles L. Wooten re: selling Iowa mission property; M.H. Lowrey re: dispute over selling Iowa mission
  • George N. Hartley
    from: Philander and Carrie M. Blackledge re: buying Modoc mission
  • John L. Mayo
    from: Clark Brown re: Baptists (typed copy)
  • Joseph J. Mills
    from: E.M. Wistar re: mission statistics
  • Mr. St. John
    from: William T. Demerest re: Panama-Pacific Exposition
  • Jonathan M. Steere
    from: Rayner W. Kelsey re: possible candidate for Indian work

Folder 5 Letters, 1916, January - June

(ca. 70 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Clark Brown; Henry Roe Cloud; Isaac Frazier; John B. Garrett; C.M. Griffiths; A.D. Hall; George N. Hartley; Austin Hatcher; William P. Haworth; Thomas E. Jones; E.B. Meritt; Thomas C. Moffett; S.E. Nicholson; Arthur C. Parker; Ernest Thompson Seton; Matthew K. Sniffen; Jonathan M. Steere; Harvey and Lizzie Wallace; Charles and Martha Wooten

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of Clark Brown and the missionaries themselves
  • selling property (Modoc)
  • news of [Seneca] mission from Harvey Wallace
  • news of Kickapoo mission from Charles Wooten (Christmas dinner and tree)
  • letters from Home Missions Council
  • letters from Five Years Meeting
  • cemetery at Shawnee mission
  • letters from The American Friend (S.E. Nicholson)
  • letters from Y.M.C.A. (re: Indian education)
  • E.T. Seton looking for Hadley Indian Sign Prints, Ingonompashi
  • publishing accounts of the Indian work in the American Friend so as to increase support for it from the Yearly Meetings
  • visit of Charles H. Burke (former congressman) of S. Dakota to Washington to assist opposition to Hastings, Johnson and Lane bills
  • dispute with the Southern Baptists over missionary work with the Indians (see letter of John B. Garrett, 5.23.1916)

also letters addressed to:

  • Clark Brown
    from: Thomas R. Welch re: Modoc property; D.A. Williams re: situation at Hominy mission and the Osage Indians [interesting letter 4.27.1916] (3 letters); Charles L. Wooten re: Kickapoo mission and Lina Lunt's return (2 letters); Robert Small re: buying mission property; Horace J. Johnson re: buying mission property (2 letters); George A. Hoyo re: success of the Hatchers; the Fraziers re: mission work; H.L. Wallace re: wishes to go to Wyandotte mission if the Fraziers leave; Walter Smedley re: selling property (ms. copy)
  • George N. Hartley
    from: Thomas E. Jones re: travels
  • R.E. Irvin
    from: [Clark Brown] re: buying mission property
  • Robert Small
    from: Clark Brown re: buying mission property
  • Matthew K. Sniffen
    from: Samuel M. Brosius re: Seneca Indians and fishing rights (typed copy)
  • Jonathan M. Steere
    from: Clark Brown re: Modoc property; E.M. Wistar re: American Friend and including articles about Indian work
  • J.M. Steere, R.W. Kelsey, W. Smedley
    from: E.M. Wistar re: their comments on enclosed [?]

Folder 6 Letters, 1916, July - December

(ca. 80 items: ALS, TLS, TL)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include: Samuel M. Brosius; Clark Brown; Isaac and Laura Frazier; Myra E. Frye; John B. Garrett; [Canon] S. Gould (Foreign Missions Conference of North America); Clarabel B. Harrison; George N. Hartley; William P. Haworth; Rayner W. Kelsey; Rachel Kirk; Omar and Miriam C. Mendenhall; J.J. Mills; Thomas C. Moffett; Arthur C. Parker; D.L. Person (Missionary Review of the World); Florence Trueblood Steere; Jonathan M. Steere; Elizabeth Test; Daniel A. Williams

topics discussed include:

  • in general, news of the various missions and the people running them, especially in the letters of Clark Brown and the missionaries themselves
  • Iowa mission property (for sale)
  • Wm. P. Haworth no longer wants to buy Ottawa mission
  • news of Hominy mission from Daniel A. Williams (tells of a forced marriage, see letter of 7.13.1916)
  • Rayner Kelsey working on his book on Friends and the Indians
  • situation of Osage Indians, their wealth and gambling (see letter of Clark Brown, 7.24.1916; Brosius, 7.21.1916)
  • Lina Lunt back at Kickapoo and resulting problems; Lina leaves, Rachel Kirk wishes to return to look after Elizabeth Test who can't be left alone
  • letters from Five Years Meeting (J.J. Mills)
  • names of Friends prominent in work with the Indians
  • information on the Monthly Meetings at the various missions (see Brown letter of 9.29.1916)
  • Omar and Miriam C. Mendenhall going to work at Wyandotte

also letters addressed to:

  • Clark Brown
    from: the Fraziers re: leaving work at Wyandotte; Wm.P. Haworth re: Ottawa mission property; Frank and Allie Hatcher re: Otoe mission (2 letters); C.M. Griffiths re: Ottawa mission property; Ray J. Miller re: wishes to buy mission near Perkins (3 letters)
  • Horace J. Johnson
    from: [C.B.] re: mission property sale
  • Rayner Kelsey
    from: Emeline H. Tuttle re: in answer to his questions about Asa and Emeline Tuttle's work with the Modoc Indians
  • Roy J. Miller
    from: [C.B.] re: buying mission property

Folder 7 Letters, 1917-1927

(ca. 40 items: ALS, TLS)

Letters addressed to Edward M. Wistar.

correspondents include:

1917 - Clark Brown; James S. Davenport; Mrs. Mary H. Freeman; Carl E. Grammer; George N. Hartley; Frank and Allie Hatcher; Rayner W. Kelsey; Thomas C. Moffett; Charles J. Rhoads; Ira Scott; Cato Sells; Jonathan M. Steere; Francis R. Taylor; Herbert Welsh; Carolena W. Wood; Charles L. Wooten

1919 - Erl A. Bates (Onondaga Indian Welfare Society)

1921 - Elmer E. Higley (Methodist Episcopal Church)

1922 - Phebe Anna Mendenhall (addressed to Mary Wistar)

1923 - Erl A. Bates

1926 - Erl A. Bates; John B. Hogue; Rayner W. Kelsey

1927 - Ruthanna M. Simms

topics discussed include:

1917

  • Rayner W. Kelsey's book on Friends and the Indians to be published
  • Kickapoo burial custom of using a hollowed-out tree trunk
  • news of Otoe mission from Frank and Allie Hatcher
  • exchange of dates customarily used by the Philadelphia Indian Aid Association and the Philadelphia Peace Association of Friends
  • news of Kickapoo mission from Charles L. Wooten
  • fitness of R.C. Allen to continue as National Attorney for the Creek Indians of Oklahoma
  • Lina B. Lunt back at Kickapoo mission (she has tuberculosis)
  • letters from Home Missions Council
  • circular letters from Cato Sells re: increased need for food production on Indian land due to U.S. entry into WWI; diplomas to be given to graduating Indian students (related to their being deemed "competent" to handle their own affairs)
  • Seminole Indian Reservation bill signed by Gov. Catts of Florida

1919

  • conference under the auspices of the Onondaga Indian Welfare Society, etc. for the welfare of N.Y. Indians

1921

  • Tunesassa

1922

  • Phebe Anna Mendenhall writes to Mary Wistar re: how helpful her husband was during his visit to "Wolf-Run House," Lycoming Co., Pa.

1923

  • New York Indians [Tunesassa School?]

1926

  • Tunesassa School [problem with what is to become of it?]

1927

  • lax law enforcement in Oklahoma, news of some missions in letter from Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs (Walter Smedley now chairman)

also letters addressed to:

  • Rayner W. Kelsey:
    from: J. Passmore Elkinton (copy of letter)
  • John B. Hogue
    from: Erl A. Bates (copy of letter)

Box 8 | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8

Reports, 1894-1929

Folder 1 Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs (and Indian Aid Association) Annual Reports, 1894-1927

(ca. 17 items)

includes:

1894

  • "The Twenty-fourth annual report. To the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting." [11 p., typescript]

1895

  • "The Twenty-fifth annual report to the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia." [10 p., typescript]

1907

  • "The Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs, a statement of information to the Five Years Meeting to be held at Richmond, Indiana in tenth month 1907." [5 p., typescript]

1908

  • "The Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs to [the] conference with Board of Indian Commissioners, Washington, D.C., Feby 1908." [3 p., typescript]

1909

  • "The Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs." (to the United States Board of Indian Commissioners) [2 p., typescript] - this gives list of missions, missionaries stationed there and P.O. address for each one

1910

  • "Report of the Executive Committee to the 41st annual meeting of the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting." [8 p., typescript]

1912

  • "The Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs. 1869-1912. To the Five Years Meeting." [9 p., typescript]
  • "Extract from minutes of special meeting of the Indian Aid Association held 4 mo. 30, 1912." [holograph ms., 1 l.]

1913

  • "Philadelphia Indian Aid Association of the Society of Friends, 44th annual meeting, April 24, 1913." [33 p., typescript]
  • "Report to the 44th annual meeting of the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting." [5 p., typescript]

1914

  • "45th annual meeting of the Philadelphia Indian Aid Association." [holograph ms., 4 p.]

1917

  • "Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs, 1869-1917, to the Five Years Meeting, 1917." [11 p., typescript]
  • "To the Associated Indian Committee." [holograph ms. of speech by E.M. Wistar, 5 p.]

1918

  • "To the 49th annual meeting of the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia." [5 p., typescript]

1919

  • "To the Fiftieth annual meeting of the Indian Aid Association of Friends of Philadelphia." [2 p., typescript]

1920

  • "To the 51st annual meeting of the Philadelphia Indian Aid Association." [2 p., typescript]

1927

  • "Minutes of the annual meeting of the Associated Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs held at Richmond, Indiana, 10th month 17 and 18, 1927." [5 p., typescript]

Folder 2 Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs (and Indian Aid Association), Miscellaneous reports, 1898-1929

(ca. 23 items)

includes:

undated

  • "The Denver Platform of The Society of American Indians" [2 p.] typescript
  • "Indian wars and local disturbances in the United States, 1782-1898" from Office of Indian Affairs, Dept. of the Interior, 4 p. typescript

1898

  • group of papers labeled on back by [Wistar] "Regarding Martin J. Bentley as Special Agent?" [30 p.]
  • includes sworn depositions [copies] from various Indians re: their conversations and contact with Bentley
  • includes typed copy of letter to Commissioner of Indian Affairs from Kickapoos
  • typed copy of report giving details of contract entered into between Big Jim band of Shawnee Indians and W.S. Field (he to act as their attorney) [8 p.]

1900

  • copy [1900] of "transcript prepared by the Clerk of Jay County, Indiana, of the proceedings [1891-2] in the sale of real estate belonging to the estate of James K. Riffle." [19 p.]

1902

  • "Friends' Associated work for Indians. An epitome and glance at present conditions." [9 p., typescript]

1907

  • Paper on Indian work [and] Friends. Mohonk Conference, Oct. 1907. [given by E.M. Wistar] [6 p., typescript]

1908

  • [committee (?) report on the situation of the Kickapoo Indians (given before Congress?)] [37 p., typescript]
  • gives historical background on the Kickapoos and goes into great detail re: schemes of Martin J. Bentley and Walter S. Fields to defraud Kickapoos of their land

1910

  • "Address of Gen. R.H. Pratt, before the Yearly meeting of the Orthodox Friends at Twelfth Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, Penna., Thursday, evening, April 21, 1910." [24 p., typescript]

1913

  • letter to the editor of the American Friend (a report on the 44th annual meeting) [3 p., typescript and holograph]
  • "Treasurer's report, Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs. 1912-1913." [2 p., typescript]

1914

  • speech given by Wistar at annual meeting of Indian Committee? (ms. version of same speech in folder of June 1914 letters) [3 p., typescript]

1915

  • report on the Ogden Land Company (and Indians in New York) [4 p., typescript]

1916

  • "Control of the New York Indians" [1 p., typescript]
  • "I.R.A. office report, April 6th to May 3rd, 1916" [3 p., typescript]
  • "Report of the Washington Agency of the Indian Rights Association, February 25, 1916." [8 p., typescript]
  • "Washington Agency Indian Rights Association Report, April 1, 1916." [7 p., typescript]
  • "Report of the Washington Agency, April 29, 1916." [7 p., typescript]

1918

  • "To the Associated Indian Committee." [7 p., holograph ms.]

1919

  • "Proceedings of the Council of the Absentee Shawnee and Kickapoo Indians. Held at the School Buil[d]ing of the Shawnee Indian School, on Monday, November 17, 1919, ..." also "Petition for resumption of the Shawnee Indian School," "Reopening of the Shawnee Indian School," "Shawnee Indian School"
  • "To the Associated Indian Committee:" [Wistar's last address to them as chairman of the committee, Phila., 14th 4th mo. 1919] [6 p., typescript]
  • "Indian School Report." [26 p., typescript]
  • consists of 1 p. reports on Indian Schools prepared by Edith M. Dabb, Ethel Cutler and G.E.E. Lindquist
  • "Mission report - Indian Reservations and Schools" consists of copies of reports from Friends' missions, forms prepared by [Y.W.C.A.?] [6 p., typescript]

1926

  • material related to Tunesassa School - "Report on alternative plan of work at Tunesassa," "Proposed plan of work at Tunesassa" [typescript]

1929

  • "October, 1929 - Mohonk - Education as a missionary project" [typed text of a paper given by Wistar at Mohonk Conference? 4 p.]

Folder 3 Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs, Monthly reports from the different mission stations, 1913-1919

(ca. 60 items)

These reports are typed compilations/summaries of the work at the various missions. Each report gives some news about each mission from the missionaries stationed there plus some statistical information related to meetings, Bible school classes, funerals and marriages, etc.

  1. 1913 monthly reports
    includes reports for March - December 1913
    [for example, the missionaries for March are as follows: W.P. and A.C. Haworth at Shawnee, Okla.; Ivey C. and Hannah I. Clark at Modoc; Charles L. and Martha Wooten at Iowa; J.L. and S.N. Mayo at Otoe; Elizabeth Test and Lina B. Lunt at Kickapoo; Austin and Irene Hatcher at Big Jim's Band; D.A. and Hattie E. Williams at Osage. December's report also has: Harvey and Elizabeth Wallace at Seneca; Isaac and Laura M. Frazier at Wyandotte; Ivey C. and Hannah Clark at Ottawa and Modoc]
  2. 1914 monthly reports
    includes reports for January - December
    [note: November has Clark Brown at Shawnee]
  3. 1915 monthly reports
    includes reports for January - December
    [note: November has Frank and Allie Hatcher at Otoe; May has the Wootens at Kickapoo]
  4. 1916 monthly reports
    includes reports for February - December
  5. 1917 monthly reports
    includes reports for January, March - October
    [note: [February] has Omar and Miriam C. Mendenhall at Wyandotte; July has J.F. and Mary E. Mardock and Lina B. Lunt at Iowa]
  6. 1918 monthly reports
    includes reports for January - March, June
  7. 1919 monthly reports
    includes reports for June - October
    [note: October has Ivey and Hannah Clark at Big Jim; June has W.O. and Adah Magner at Osage]
  8. also: June [probably 1927] and November reports with no year given

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