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Letters and reports concerning Quakers work with Native Americans in Nebraska


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

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Ulysses S. Grant announced a Peace Policy towards Native Americans in his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1869, and Congress created the Board of Indian Commissioners in April. Grant sought to implement his plan by involving religious denomination. Hicksite Quakers were assigned the Northern Superintendency which covered most of the present state of Nebraska. Quakers gradually withdrew from participation, and by 1885, Quaker assistance and oversight was limited to the Santee Sioux Agency.

This small collection contains letters and reports concerning Friends work with Native Americans in Nebraska during the era of Grant's Peace Policy.

Gift of Bliss Forbush, 1964

Transferred from Miscellaneous Manuscripts in 2019. Formerly filed as MSS 004, 1793-1885

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Susanna Morikawa
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Collection is open for research.

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Extract from minutes concerning subscription for Indians, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1793.
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Signed by Nicholas Waln

Benjamin Hallowell drafts of letters (3), 1867-1868.
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Drafts of letters to Asher Wright, Nathan Strong, Jamees Stabler

Robert H. Thomas letter of application to serve on Indian Agency, 1869.
W. Townsend, House of Representatives, letter received concerning funding for Indian Agency, 1870.
J. A. Paxson letter to Benjamin Hallowell, 1870-04-14.
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Describing conditions in Winnebago Agency

Benjamin Hallowell to Governor David Butler (copy), 1870-07-04.
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Concerning his visit in 1869 to Indian Agencies in Nebraska as part of a Delegation of Friends from Baltimore.

Isaiah Lightner, Santee Agency, to Cyrus Blackburn, Baltimore, 1880-10-04.
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With appreciation for check received.

William Burgess, Columbus, Nebraska, to Thomas H. Matthews, 1880-06-05.
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Multiple paged letter defending his handling of finances as Indian Agent

Joseph Bronson, S. M. Janney, et al to Fairfax Monthly Meeting, Undated.
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Report of the Committee appointed to visit or communicate with Friends of Prairie Grove Monthly Meeting, Iowa.

Alfred Riggs, Principal of Santee Normal Training School, to Isaiah Lightner, Indian Agent, 1884-08-15.
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Report on the progress at the School which served the Dakota Nation. Mentions that some Native Americans were participating as teachers. Riggs was a member of the American Misionary Association.

Report of the Standing Committee on Indian Concerns (draft), 1885.
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Handwritten report notes that Charles Hill had been approved to succeed Isaiah Lightner as Agent.

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