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Albert Lamborn Green Papers


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Albert Lamborn Green (1845-1947) was a Quaker Indian Agent for the Otoe Agency in Nebraska during the period of President Grant's "peace policy," 1869-1872.

He was the son of Sarah Sharpless and William Lamborn Green of Chester Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania. In 1869 he was appointed by President Grant as Indian Agent to the Confederated Otoe and Missouri tribes in Nebraska. In 1871, he married Sarah Cadwallader Lightfoot of Horsham Monthly Meeting who was the daughter of Thomas Lightfoot, also an Indian Agent. The family settled in Beatrice, Nebraska. After the death of his first wife, he married a second time, in 1921, to Emma Crothers of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

The bulk of the correspondence in this collection is comprised of letters written to Green from Philadelphia Friends in regard to gifts in support of Indian work. Later letters written by Green describe from memory the social life and customs of the Otoe Indians.

The collection has information on the Otoe language, vocabulary, etc., and also correspondence in 1934-1935 with J. Russell Hayes giving an account from memory of life among the Otoes in the 1870s. Some drawings are included in the collection. Correspondents include William Dorsey, Benjamin Hallowell, J. Russell Hayes, Samuel M. Janney, Samuel Jeanes, John Saunders.

The collection is divided into four groups:

  1. Biographical information
  2. Otoe Indians
  3. Correspondence received
  4. Correspondence sent
  5. Writings by A.L. Green and newsclippings

  1. "The Otoe Indians," by Major A. L. Green, Publications of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Vol. XXI, 1930.

Accession information:

Donor: Albert Lamborn Green, 1935

Donor: Mary Bloodgood, 1990

The collection was given by Albert L. Green in 1935. Additional papers (photocopies) were given in 1990 by his granddaughter, Mary Bloodgood.

Formerly cited as Green Manuscripts. Catalogued completely before 1950 in Manuscript Card Index (FHL Reading Room). Circa 1985, transferred to Record Group 5. In 1990, photocopies of documents and publications by Albert L. Green and newsclippings about him received from his granddaughter were added to the collection.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
Before 1950
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Biographical Data.

The Otoes and Missouris--A Confederated Indian Tribe.
Box 1
Otoe Language--List of Words.
Box 1
Jim Whitewater--Wah-Nah-Quesh-Soo-Ne ("The Fearless").
Box 1

22 folders of correspondence received, 1869 5mo 3-1873 3mo 22, n.d.
Box 1
Letter from Howard Wood, 1910 4mo 1.
Box 1

2 folders of letters to J. Russell Hayes, 1934 4mo 20-1935 9mo 27.
Box 1

Photocopies of documents and publications by Albert L. Green; Newsclippings about him.
Box 1

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