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B.F. Robinson to General James William Denver

B.F. Robinson to General James William Denver
Creator: Robinson, B.F.
Date: March 15, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, Indian Agent B.F. Robinson addresses the subject of the ferry near Lawrence, Kansas. Robinson explains that "the question presents itself whether or not the Delawares under the late treaty with the United States returned the right of the ferry up from their side."


Government Land Office (GLO) survey maps for portions of Wyandotte  and Johnson Counties

Government Land Office (GLO) survey maps for portions of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties
Creator: U.S. Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska
Date: 1855-1867
These three Government Land Office survey maps are for Township 11 South, Range 23 East, for portions of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas. The first image, dated 1861 and signed by Mark Delahay as Surveyor General. It provides detail for all of the sections (except those south of the Kansas River) for the entire range and township including the Delaware Diminshed Reserve, the Kansas River, and various roads in the area. The second image is dated 1857 with J. Calhoun as the Surveyor General. It shows detail for only sections 32 through 36, including the Kansas River. The third image is dated 1868 and shows detail for Section 32 only. Apparently, only the portions of sections south of the Kansas River are in Johnson County.


History of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ

History of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ
Creator: Leiberkuhn, Rev. Samuel
Date: 1837
Translation into the Delaware language. Printed by J. Meeker, Shawnee Baptist Mission.


Indian farm in Delaware Reservation, Kansas. 311 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Indian farm in Delaware Reservation, Kansas. 311 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph was taken by Alexander Gardner in 1867. It depicts an Indian farm located on the Delaware Indian Reservation in Kansas (approximately 311 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri). The Alexander Gardner Collection contains 170 photographs taken along the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division. It covers a geographic area stretching from Wyandotte (in present-day Kansas City) to west of Hays, Kansas. The image was taken from Alexander Gardner's series, "Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division."


Lands of the Delaware Indians (Trust Lands) in the Territory of Kansas

Lands of the Delaware Indians (Trust Lands) in the Territory of Kansas
Date: November 17, 1856
This map depicts the lands belonging to the Delaware Indians that were put up for sale in 1856. Attached to the map are three supporting documents. The first is an excerpt from the U.S. treaty with the Delaware Indians, dated 1854, which explains that the Delaware lands, once surveyed, would be sold at public auction. Indian Territory became Kansas Territory after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, and white settlers flooded into the area. The next document is a proclamation by President Franklin Pierce that outlines the terms of sale, dated 1856. The third and final document describes the geography and resources of the Delaware land and gives more details regarding the price.


MacLean & Lawrences Sectional Map of Kansas Territory

MacLean & Lawrences Sectional Map of Kansas Territory
Date: 1857
Sectional map of Kansas Territory drafted by C. P. Wiggin and signed by L. A. MacLean, Chief Clerk of the Surveyor General's office in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. The map was published by MacLean & Lawrence and printed by William Schuchman & Bro. in Philadelphia. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


Map of Eastern Kansas

Map of Eastern Kansas
Creator: Jewett, J.P. & Company
Date: 1856
A map of Eastern Kansas by E.B. Whitman and A.D. Searl, General Land Agents, Lawrence, Kansas. The map illustrates a portion of Eastern Kansas which depicts trading posts, post offices, missions, government forts, Indian villages, roads, trails and Indian boundaries. The Indian boundaries that are featured included: the Kickappo, Pottawatomie, Kansa, Sax and Fox, Shawnee, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Iowa, Delaware, Wyandotte, Piankashaw, and the Wea. The map includes illustrations of the Eldridge House in Lawrence and the Constitution Hall in Topeka. The land discussed above was originally given to Native Americans following the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830.


Nebraska and Kanzas

Nebraska and Kanzas
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.,
Date: 1855
The map, published in 1855, showed the eastern portions of both Kansas and Nebraska. The Nebraska portion depicts the counties that had been established at that time. The Kansas portion included cities, various Indian reservations, and rivers.


Richard W. Cummins to William Clark

Richard W. Cummins to William Clark
Creator: Cummins, Richard W.
Date: April 2, 1831
This letter, written by Richard Cummins, an agent to the Shawnee Indians, updated Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Clark on the Delaware Indians who had recently relocated in Kansas (then called Indian Territory). The Delaware had moved to Kansas in the late fall and early winter of the previous year and, due to lack of provisions, were in "a suffering condition." Many of their horses had died and so Cummins gave them some provisions to ease their suffering. The Delaware chiefs wanted the provisions guaranteed them by their treaty with the U. S. government, which they had been told was not yet ratified. They argued that it must have been ratified, because after they signed the treaty white settlers immediately took possession of the Delaware lands east of the Mississippi. In addition, Cummins mentions the Wea Indians (one of the New York Indian tribes), who were also suffering after the harsh winter.


Stevenson & Morris New Sectional Map of Kansas

Stevenson & Morris New Sectional Map of Kansas
Creator: Stevenson & Morris
Date: 1859
This map was originally drafted by Robert L. Ream and depicts the towns, rivers, and Indian reservations in the counties of northeast and southeast Kansas. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Thaddeus Hyatt

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Thaddeus Hyatt
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: September 24, 1856
In this letter, written in Boston, Massachusetts by Thomas Webb, the author stated his concerns about the outcome of the situation in Kansas. He did applaud the efforts of free state settlers to ensure the existence of liberty; however, he felt that not enough New Englanders were serious about keeping slavery out of Kansas Territory.


United States versus Daniel Bowen for grand larceny

United States versus Daniel Bowen for grand larceny
Date: September 1858 - May 18, 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Daniel Bowen for grand larceny. Bowen is accused of stealing household goods, weapons, and supplies from Jonas Ketcham, a member of the Delaware tribe, on April 20, 1858 on the Delaware land in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. He was indicted by the U.S. District Court, Kansas Territory, First District, during the court's September term of 1858. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that had been relocated, often by force, to the area.


United States versus Henry Berry and Alfred C. McLane for larceny

United States versus Henry Berry and Alfred C. McLane for larceny
Date: April - September 1860
These legal documents relate to the case against Henry Berry and Alfred C. McLane for stealing the horse of Charles Journeycake, a member of the Delaware tribe, on September 1, 1859 in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. 1830s to 1860s, the Delaware, or Lenape, tribal lands were located on the northern bank of the Kansas river near Jefferson and Leavenworth counties. Berry and McLane were indicted by the U. S. District Court, Kansas Territory, First District during April of 1860. An arrest warrant was issued for Henry Berry on September 10, 1860 but was returned unexecuted.


United States versus Henry Buckmaster for taking Indian property

United States versus Henry Buckmaster for taking Indian property
Date: September 1858 - October 22, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Henry Buckmaster. Buckmaster was accused of stealing trees, timber, and building materials on August 15 and 21, 1858 from Delaware tribal land in Jefferson County, Kansas Territory. Buckmaster was indicted during the September term of 1858 by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, First District, in Leavenworth. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that were relocated by the government to Kansas.


United States versus Thomas Bennett for larceny

United States versus Thomas Bennett for larceny
Date: 1859
These legal documents relate to the 1859 case against Thomas Bennett for larceny in the Kansas Territory. Bennett was accused of stealing a horse from the land of the Delaware Tribe. From the 1830s to 1860s, the Delaware, or Lenape, tribal lands were located on the northern bank of the Kansas river, near Jefferson and Leavenworth counties. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that were promised permanent lands in Kansas following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


View on Kansas River in Delaware Reservation, Kansas.  311 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

View on Kansas River in Delaware Reservation, Kansas. 311 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a stereograph showing railroad tracks along the Kansas River on the Delaware Reservation, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


William Brindle to Thomas Hendricks

William Brindle to Thomas Hendricks
Creator: Brindle, William
Date: February 13, 1857
In this letter William Brindle, receiver of the Lecompton Land Office, informed his associate Thomas Hendricks that the Delaware Indian lands that had been put up for public sale in 1856 had sold. The Delaware had owned some of the prime timber land in Kansas Territory, and as a result all sections of the Delaware lands were sold to white settlers.


William Clark to John H. Eaton

William Clark to John H. Eaton
Creator: Clark, William, 1770-1838
Date: February 22, 1830
In this letter, Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Clark wrote to John Eaton, Secretary of War, concerning the removal of the Delaware and Kickapoo tribes to lands west of the Mississippi River. Both tribes were anxious to settle in Indian Territory (present-day Kansas) and to receive their annuity payments from the government. This letter also describes where the Kickapoo and Delaware would eventually settle in Kansas.


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