TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Angie Debo

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Angie Debo Correspondence, 1975-1985


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2004.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Debo, Angie, 1890-
Title Angie Debo Correspondence
Dates 1975-1985
Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract Correspondence, 1975-1981, of Oklahoma Indian historian Angie Debo with Theodore W. and Louann Van Zelst regarding her book, Geronimo, water rights of the Pima Indians of Arizona, and other matters.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Ayer Modern MS Debo
Collection Stack Location 3 60 14

Administrative Information

Cite As

Angie Debo Correspondence, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Louann Van Zelst, 1997.

Processed by

Martha Briggs, January, 2000

Access

The Angie Debo correspondence is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Angie Debo correspondence is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Angie Debo

Noted Oklahoma Indian historian and advocate of Indian rights.

Born in Oklahoma and a life-long resident of Marshall, Oklahoma, Angie Debo received her doctorate in 1933 from the University of Oklahoma. In her publications on the Choctaws and the Creeks she pioneered the merging of anthropological and historical techniques. She also exposed allotment frauds and in 1951 wrote the Indian Rights Association report, The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma. Debo's illustrious career as an independent scholar was capped in 1976 with her book on the Fort Sill Apache, Geronimo. She continued to fight for Indian causes well into her eighties when she sought to help the Pima Indians of central Arizona receive a fair allocation of water.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence with friends Theodore W. and Louann Van Zelst, 1975-1981.

Personal letters concern Debo's writing of Geronimo, Louann Van Zelst's knowledge of Indian art, etc. "Friends of the Indians" form letters report on the Pima Indian water rights situation. Christmas letters and form letters note Debo's health and activities, 1975-1981. There is also correspondence between the Van Zelsts and Gov. Nigh of Oklahoma regarding a Debo tribute (1985), and two printed pieces.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, followed by printed matter.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Debo, Angie, 1890-
  • Oklahoma. Governor (1979-1987 : Nigh )
  • Van Zelst, Louann
  • Van Zelst, Theodore W.

Subjects

  • Historians -- Oklahoma -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Water rights -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Manuscripts, American -- Oklahoma -- Marshall
  • Pima Indians -- Economic conditions
  • Water rights -- Arizona -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Debo, Angie. To "Friends of the Indians" (4 letters), 1976-1979
1 2 Debo, Angie. To Louann Van Zelst (4 letters), 1976-ca. 1979
1 3 Debo, Angie. To Theodore Van Zelst (1 letter), 1978
1 4 Debo, Angie. To Theodore and Louann Van Zelst (7 letters), 1975-1981
1 5 Oklahoma. Governor (1979-1987 : Nigh). To Theodore and Louann Van Zelst, and reply (2 letters), 1985
1 6 Printed Matter: Debo tribute; Pima Indians