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Title Erwin Watkins-Simeon Whiteley papers [manuscript]: 1863-1920 (bulk 1863-1878) [1 of 5: Box 1a]
Author Watkins, Erwin C. (1839-1911)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: While the Watkins papers contain mainly official government reports and correspondence, the Whiteley papers consist of mostly personal correspondence accompanied by several photographs, three maps, and two issues of a Wyoming newspaper. The Watkins papers include: incoming correspondence and instructions from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs and other officials, copies of Watkins reports regarding his agency visits and investigations, and papers relating to travel arrangements and assignments. The Whiteley papers include: outgoing letters to his wife, Jane Whiteley, from Denver in 1863, some official correspondence, and miscellaneous letters after Whiteley’s departure from government service. There is also a copy of Jane Whiteley’s account of her trip by stagecoach to Denver in the fall of 1863 to join her husband.
Names Watkins, Erwin C. (1839-1911); Whiteley, Simeon (b.1831)
Keywords Office of Indian Affairs, government, government relations, letter, railroad, Indian agent, frontier, pioneer, women, commissioner, Board of Indian Commissioners, family life, newspaper
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Additional Information Erwin Watkins and Simeon Whiteley worked for the Office of Indian Affairs in the 1870’s and 1860’s, respectively. Following military service as an officer in the Civil War, Watkins was appointed an Indian Inspector in 1875. In that capacity he visited various tribes throughout the western states and territories reporting on their conditions to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Following his resignation in 1878, he returned to Michigan and pursued several different lines of work. Simeon Whiteley, on the advise of Gov. John Evans, was commissioned as an Indian agent to the Colorado Middle Park Indian Agency in 1862, later named the White River Agency. He resided in Denver until 1865 serving both as Indian agent and as editor of a daily newspaper called the Commonwealth. Returning to Racine, Wisc. he established the Whiteley Insurance Agency.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3024
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue