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Notes and Queries

Notes and Queries



Jonathan Stealey, an adjunct assistant professor of art at The University of

Findlay, has been named to the Bicentennial Planning Committee of the Lewis and

Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. The Foundation, based in Washington,

D.C., encompasses a wide spectrum of government officials, historians, and en-

thusiasts dedicated to preserving national interest in the historical worth of the

nation's best-documented exploration of the American west. Commissioned by

President Jefferson to find a commercial overland route to the Pacific Ocean,

Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made their journey during the years

1803-06, and kept exacting journals of their travels. Professor Stealey, in a pro-

ject entitled "We Proceeded On: Going Back," has begun a photographic re-survey

of the entire 8,000 miles of the original expedition. Traveling from Camp Wood,

near the mouth of the Missouri River in Illinois, to the Pacific Ocean and back,

Stealey is attempting to photograph each site along the trail at the same time of

year in which Lewis and Clark traveled there. The resulting photographs will ap-

pear in a traveling exhibition, a coffee-table publication, and in a children's book

about the Lewis and Clark expedition.


The University of Oklahoma Libraries' Western History Collections, in cooper-

ation with the Oklahoma Historical Society, has completed filming the Cherokee

Nation Papers. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for

the microfilm project. This collection contains approximately 100 linear feet of

official records and publications of the Cherokee Nation and the personal papers

of four leading Cherokee Indian families. The inclusive dates of the materials are

1830-1907. The papers are arranged into two record groups and forty-five sub-

groups. The official records document Indian removal from the southeaster U.S.;

the formation and operation of the Cherokee government in Indian Territory; the

formation and growth of Cherokee Nation institutions such as schools, newspa-

pers, courts, health facilities, and law enforcement agencies; Cherokee Indian rela-

tions with the U.S. government; and Cherokee Indian involvement in the Civil

War and Reconstruction. The personal papers include those of Cherokee leaders

James Madison Bell, Stand Waite, John Rollin Ridge, and Elias C. Boudinot.

Also prominent among this record group is the correspondence of Sarah Bell

Watie which offers a woman's perspective on Indian Territory events of the late

19th century. There are 68 rolls of microfilm to the set. Roll One is a detailed

finding aid, including an index, to the collection. The microfilm, either as a com-

plete set or in individual rolls, is available for purchase or for use on interlibrary

loan. For further information, contact the Curator, Western History Collections,

University of Oklahoma Library, Room 452, Monnet Hall, Norman, Oklahoma



Two interesting local histories have recently been published in Ohio. Vernon

J. Miller's Historical Album of Charm, Ohio, was issued by Charm Publishing.

The 278-page book documents the history of a small village in southeastern

Holmes County, and features over 200 photographs and illustrations. To order

Miller's Historical Album of Charm, Ohio, contact: Charm Publishing, Vernon J.

Miller, 4755 County Rd. 19, Millersburg, Ohio 44654. Clayton W. Miller re-

cently authored History of Benton, 1810-1995. Filled with biographical sketches