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Letter from Lucy B. Armstrong papers

Letter from Lucy B. Armstrong papers
Creator: Armstrong, Lucy
Date: January 4, 1829
This letter, from the papers of Lucy B. Armstrong, addresses the rising tensions over the issue of slavery during the late 1840s. As the author of the letter explains, many feared that an effort was underway "by slaveholding missionaries and government agents to induce the Indian Department to expell" missionaries opposed to slavery in order to "deprive us of our religious rights."


Nathaniel Dillhorn and John McDanield diary

Nathaniel Dillhorn and John McDanield diary
Creator: Rottluff, Blanche
Date: 1849-1881
This is folder 5 of the Rottluff Family papers collection. The papers relate to the establishment of present-day Bonner Springs, Kansas. This file comes from box 1 of the collection.


Samuel J. Reader's autobiography, volume 1

Samuel J. Reader's autobiography, volume 1
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: 1901-1908
"Autobiography of an old Jayhawker" gives an early account of Samuel James Reader's childhood and family (1849-1856) written when Reader was in his sixties. This autobiography is of particular interest because the first volume of Reader's diary, which covered a similar time period, was destroyed by a fire. It also includes a number of illustrations drawn by Reader. It describes his life in Virginia and Illinois, before he came to Kansas. In the early pages, Reader writes about a cousin Sydney Rigdon who was a Mormon and lived in Nauvoo, Illinois.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 14, Property returns

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 14, Property returns
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1844-1849
This volume contains property returns as recorded by Thomas H. Harvey, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the property accounted for includes stationary, books, office furniture, safes, agricultural implements, blacksmith's tools, and rifles. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 14 and 15 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 15, Accounts

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 15, Accounts
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1844-1849
This volume contains records of current accounts of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, at St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas H. Harvey held this position from 1844-1849. Expenditures are recorded for several sub-agencies, including Fort Leavenworth, Upper Missouri, Council Bluffs, Great Nemaha and Osage River, and the various Indian tribes in each region. These expenditures included salaries for blacksmiths and interpreters, annuities, and provisions. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 14 and 15 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 16, Property returns

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 16, Property returns
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1843-1853
This volume contains property returns as recorded by David D. Mitchell, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the property accounted for includes stationary, books, office furniture, safes, agricultural implements, blacksmith's tools, and rifles. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 16 and 17 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 17, Accounts

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 17, Accounts
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1843-1853
This volume contains records of current accounts of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, at St. Louis, Missouri. David D. Mitchell held this position from 1849-1853. Expenditures are recorded for several sub-agencies, including Fort Leavenworth, Upper Missouri, Council Bluffs, Great Nemaha and Osage River, and the various Indian tribes in each region. These expenditures included salaries for blacksmiths and interpreters, annuities, and provisions. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 16 and 17 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1847-1855
This volume contains correspondence sent by the Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency in St. Louis, Missouri from 1847-1855. The correspondence was sent by the Superintendents of Indian Affairs to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs. During this period the superintendents included Thomas H. Harvey, David D. Mitchell, and Alfred Cumming; the commissioners included William Medill, Orlando Brown, Luke Lea, and George Washington Manypenny. Topics of discussion focused on the appropriation of federal funds for treaties, the hiring and firing of Indian agents, and the transportation and storage of goods and supplies. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. A searchable, full-text (PDF) transcription is available under "External Links" below.


Wooden cane

Wooden cane
Date: between 1848 and 1850
Knotted wooden cane with a brass cap on one end. The cane was reportedly made from a branch gathered by Abraham Lincoln from a tree near the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Lincoln visited the estate in 1848 while serving in the United State House of Representatives. He later gave the walking stick to William Henry, a representative from Vermont. The cane passed through Henry's family, first to his sister and then to his nieces, who donated it to the Kansas Historical Society in 1893.


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