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Gayford, Peter T. : Peter T. Gayford Collection, 1829-2013

Papers relating to the essays and projects of Peter T. Gayford. Includes Gayford's CCFPD Preservation Project, which includes hand drawn maps of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Also included are several essays written by Gayford, one of which pertains to Billy Caldwell, a British-Potawatomi fur trader. The remaining bulk of the collection consists of photocopies provided by the National Archives and Records Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior. These include documents relating to the negotiation of the Treaty of July 29, 1829 with the United Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi Indians (also known as the Prairie du Chien treaty); Billy Caldwell's Chicago River Reserve Land Patent; and numerous letters, deeds, and petitions regarding the sale of reservations and distribution of land under the 1829 Treaty, which included the reserves of Claude Laframboise, the Ouilmette Family, Victoire Pothier, Jane Miranda, and Alexander Robinson. Also includes the final addition to Gayford's CCFPD Preservation Project, which details investigated sites within the Cook Country Forest Preserve District and includes maps (hand-drawn and printed), photographs, notes, and reports.
Extent: 1.2 linear feet - (1 record carton and 1 box)
Subjects: Chicago, Indians and the West
Call Number: Ayer Modern MS Gayford
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This material is unprocessed and is available by appointment only.