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Indian Wars Widows
Indian Wars Widows Project Records, c. 1864-1965
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Information obtained from this collection must be properly cited, whether used in publications or in other formats. A citation suggested for this collection is:
Researchers are advised that before records, photographs, and any other unpublished materials from this collection can be published or exhibited, permission from the National Park Service must be obtained in writing.
When processing the records of the Indian Wars Widows Project into an archival collection, the original order of the office files was maintained. To aid researchers using these materials, the Archives staff has organized the collection into three series.
Series 1. Questionnaires, Correspondence, and Donated Records
There is a folder for each widow who responded to Don Rickey's questionnaire. These folders are arranged alphabetically, primarily by name of the widow; a few correspondents were not Indian Wars widows, but were referred to Rickey for this project. Most folders contain only a completed questionnaire and cover letter, and occasionally a reply letter from a widow. Any photographs, military records, or other materials received from a correspondent are also filed in that person's folder. Questionnaires that were returned unanswered are filed together in Box 3, Folder 68. Dates listed as part of a folder title are inclusive dates of records in that folder.
This series contains computer cards produced by the Veterans Administration and containing names and addresses of all Indian Wars widows receiving pensions at the time of this project. These are arranged alphabetically by name of the widow. Dates written in the upper right corner are the dates when letters and questionnaires were mailed.
This list appears to have been compiled as a subject index to donated photographs, and used by Rickey in his research for "The Soldier's Frontier," one in a series of planning documents produced for the Museum of Westward Expansion. Each subject entry on the list references a widow's file. This list appears to be incomplete, containing fewer entries than there are photographs in the collection. Researchers are advised to also use the general index to this finding aid, Appendix 1.
Items too large to be preserved in standard archive document cases have been removed to an oversize box. The original location of oversize items within the collection is noted in the Container Listing section of this finding aid, as are cross references to their new location in the oversize box. The oversize materials are described at the end the Container Listing section on page 27.
If you have any questions regarding archives holdings, contact Archivist Jennifer Clark at the JNEM Archives at (voice) 314-655-1600. Appointments are encouraged, if possible.
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