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Donation helps digitize stories of Native Americans

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Oct 3, 2013

Thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Steve Peckel, in memory of author William Chalfant, over 100 additional photographs and four additional manuscript collections relating to Native Americans have been digitized and are now available on Kansas Memory. The Alex E. Case collection includes recollections of Cheyenne Indian raids in Marion County in 1868. The Allen M. Coville collection contains encounters with Kansa chief, White Plume. The Percival Greene Lowe collection describes negotiations with Pawnee tribal leaders. A series of Governor Samuel Crawford correspondence includes documents from men requesting commissions to join and recruit others for a battalion to protect settlers from Indian attacks. 


William Y. Chalfant (1928-2011) was a lifelong resident of Hutchinson, Kansas. His literary works include Without Quarter: The Wichita Expedition and the Fight on Crooked Creek; Cheyennes at Dark Water Creek: The Last Fight of the Red River War; Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers: The 1857 Expedition and the Battle of Solomon's Fork; and Hancock's War: Conflict on the Southern Plains.

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