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Title Certificate [manuscript]: Taos, New Mexico, 1858 Nov. 3
Author Carson, Kit (1809-1868)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: In this document, Carson formally certifies and signs that Dr. De Witt C. Peters is his only authorized biographer. In 1858 Carson’s autobiography was transferred to Dr. Peters who had become acquainted with Carson while serving as an army surgeon in the southwest during the mid-1850’s. Peters used the manuscript as the basis for his published work, The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson (New York: Clark, 1858), a greatly embellished version of the autobiography. The contents of the original manuscript remained unpublished until 1926.
Names Peters, Dr, De Witt C
Keywords pioneer, exploration, frontier, frontiersman, Mexican American War (1846-1848), Indian War, expedition, scout, travel, travelogue, Indian Agent, fur trader, fur trade, fur trapping
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Trade and Indian Economies; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Additional Information Frontiersman, scout, and Indian agent, Christopher Houston Carson, commonly known as Kit Carson, established his home in Taos, N.M. in the mid-1830’s. Following years of fur trapping, guiding Fremont’s expeditions, and fighting in Indian battles, Carson was appointed U.S. Indian Agent in 1854 for the northern area of the New Mexico Territory. With home and office in Taos, Carson served in that capacity until 1861. It was during that period that he dictated his life story relating his adventurous years on the plains and in the mountains.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 140
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue