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Henry H. Sibley papers, 1815-1932.

Author: Henry Hastings SibleyCharles W W BorupJoseph Renshaw BrownRamsay CrooksIgnatius DonnellyAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English
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Correspondence, financial records, legal papers, speeches, and miscellany of this early Minnesota fur trader, entrepreneur, and governor.
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Microforms
Treaties
Named Person: Joseph Jack Frazer; Joseph Warren Furber; Little Crow; Sarah Jane Sibley; Sibley family.
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Hastings Sibley; Charles W W Borup; Joseph Renshaw Brown; Ramsay Crooks; Ignatius Donnelly; Hercules L Dousman; Seth Eastman; Alexander Faribault; William Henry Forbes; Norman W Kittson; Joseph LaFramboise; Martin McLeod; Stephen Miller; J N Nicollet; Gideon H Pond; Alexander Ramsey; Joseph Renville; Henry M Rice; Stephen Return Riggs; Henry Rowe Schoolcraft; William T Sherman; Frederick B Sibley; Franklin Steele; Lawrence Taliaferro; Henry Benjamin Whipple; Henry F. McCloskey and Co.; Minnesota. Governor (1864-1866 : Miller)
OCLC Number: 313848596
Notes: Microfilm is available for sale or interlibrary loan from the Minnesota Historical Society.
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm (M164). St. Paul, Minn. : Minnesota Historical Society, 1966-1968. 32 reels; 35 mm. Microfilm (M164-A). St. Paul, Minn. : Minnesota Historical Society, 1988. 2 reels; 16 mm.
Description: 34 microfilm reels and 17.25 cubic feet (18 boxes, 4 oversize folders, and 1 folder in Reserve).

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Correspondence, financial records, legal papers, speeches, and miscellany of this early Minnesota fur trader, entrepreneur, and governor.

More than a third of the papers concern the fur trade with the Dakota Indians of the Upper Mississippi Valley from 1815 to 1855, documenting Sibley's business association with the American Fur Company and its successor, Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and Company, as well as his interest in the treaties, wars, and welfare of the Dakota. They provide extensive information on the administration of the American Fur Company and the general status and conduct of trade; on individual traders and Dakota bands in the Minnesota area; on prices for furs, trade goods, and supplies; on the company's system of agreements and credits for traders and Indians; on missionaries, explorers, and others who visited pre-territorial Minnesota; on Sibley's long-standing rivalry with Henry M. Rice; on the gradual decline of the fur trade and its replacement by general merchandising; and on all of the treaties concluded in the Minnesota area with the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Winnebago Indians during 1834-1851.

There are accounts and correspondence from Sibley's position as co-sutler at Fort Snelling (1836-1839) and from his various investments in lumbering, river transportation, railroads, and land. Beginning in 1848, there is substantial information on Minnesota politics, particularly Sibley's service as territorial delegate in Congress (1848-1853), the development of roads and mail service and other issues important to the territory, and the split in the Democratic party between the Sibley and Rice factions. There is considerable data on the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War, on the 1863 punitive expedition led by Sibley, and on his subsequent service with several Indian affairs commissions and boards.

Also present are the records of a St. Paul grasshopper relief committee, which Sibley chaired (1874); documentation of his involvement in various other civic affairs; an unfinished autobiography; two Dakota lexicons; and a small non-microfilmed addition (Manuscript Material) that consists mainly of photocopied letters, agreements, and miscellaneous papers.

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