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Ellison Correspondence mss., 1875-1945

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Ellison, Robert Spurrier

Ellison Correspondence mss., 1875-1945

Collection No.
LMC 1323

444 items

Materials are in English.

The Ellison Correspondence mss. consist of correspondence of Robert Spurrier Ellison, 1875-1945, relating to his collection of Western Americana.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

An oil producer, Ellison was from Casper, Wyoming, vice-president of Midwest Refining Company, and dedicated to preserving historic reminders of pioneer virtues.


Scope and Content Note

It is mainly letters of William H. Murray, book scout, to Mr. Ellison relating to the Joseph Lane and Joel Palmer mss. Some of the Lane material mentioned by Murray is not included in the Lane collection as it was turned over to the Indiana University Library. Photographs added to the collection include two of Buffalo Bill Cody. A folder of printed brochures and leaflets and a folder of newspaper clippings, 1904-1944, complete the collection.

Six letters from General William Carey Brown, 1934-1937, dealing with the Battle of Little Big Horn, 7th regiment U. S. cavalry with a list of men in companies A-F, and personal matters; a letter from Mrs. Elizabeth (Bacon) Custer about autographing a Custer booklet, Feb. 19, 1927, and letters from Frank Phillips, Oct. 30, 1940, and Leon C. Phillips, Oct. 31, 1940, to Clarence Isaiah Pontius dealing with a farewell party on the retirement of Ellison as president of Stanolind Crude Oil & Pipe Line Company and as local president of the Boy Scouts of America.

Correspondents include Horace Marden Albright, William Alonzo Allen, Paul McClelland Angle, Clarence Booth Bagley, Lucy Ball, Frances (Birkhead) Beard, Herbert Cody Blake, William Cody Bradford, Morris Henry Briggs, Earl Alonzo Brininstool, William Carey Brown, Robert Bruce, Miles Cannon, Horace Bailey Carroll, George Mosely Chandler, Orrin Sylvester Clark, Courtney Ryley Cooper, Robert Ernest Cowan, Elizabeth (Bacon) Custer, Glen Dawson, Charles P. Deatherage, Peter Decker, Frederic M. De Witt, Fred Dustin, Charles Francis Eberstadt, Robert Spurrier Ellison, Edwin P. Essick, Anna Maria (Vincent) Green, Frank J. Green, Daniel Wallace Greenburg, James Bradshaw Griffith, William J. Hamilton, Grace Raymond Hebard, William Francis Hooker, John Gilson Howell, Charles Kelly, Andrew Jenson, John Alexander Kress, John Thomas Lee, Alexander Leggat, Clarence Guy Littell, Francis Marion Lockard, Fred Lockley, James Fairfax Loughborough, A. William Lund, Douglas Crawford McMurtrie, Andrew J. McNemee, Joseph G. Masters, William H. Murray, Chase Salmon Osborn, Alson Bowles Ostrander, Frank Phillips, Leon C. Phillips, C. F. Robertson, John Elijah Rosser, Joseph Schafer, Charles Angelo Siringo, Charles Wesley Smith, George W. Soliday, Elsa Spear, Frank V. Stearns, Louise Stegner, Isabel Allis (Brown) Stuart, Zena Irma Trinka, George Burwell Utley, Herman Lansing Vail, Stallo Vinton, and Harry Leon Wilson.

Photographs added to the collection include two of Buffalo Bill Cody. A folder of printed brochures and leaflets and a folder of newspaper clippings, 1904-1944, complete the collection.

Related Material

Ellison mss., Ellison mss. II, also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1946, 1947, 1967, 1991
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Ellison Correspondence mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Box 1 Biographical, etc.

Correspondence. 1915-1927

Correspondence. 1928-1931

Correspondence. 1932-1934

Correspondence. 1935, Jan.-Aug.

Correspondence. 1935, Sept.-Nov. 15

Correspondence. 1935, Nov.16-Dec.

Correspondence. 1936, Jan.-Mar.

Correspondence. 1936, Apr.-Jun.

Correspondence. 1936, Jul.-Dec.

Box 2 Correspondence. 1937

Correspondence. 1938

Correspondence. 1939-1940

Correspondence. 1941-1953

Correspondence. undated


Printed-newspaper clippings.