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Jonathan Richard papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-964

Scope and Contents

Letters, invoices, vouchers, account book, and other financial records related to Jonathan Richard's work as Agent at Wichita, Kansas, from 1870 to 1876. Material deals primarily with Richard's attempts to settle government claims against him regarding a disputed balance of over $23,000. Includes letters from James S. Delano, Jonas Edge, Abel Frazier, Ezra B. French, Fordyce Grinnell, Edward F. Hoag, Alfred J. Standing, James Stubbs, and W.W. Upton.

Dates

  • Creation: 1870 - 1881

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Richard (ca. 1812­-1882) born in Darby (?), Pennsylvania, was educated at Westtown School and married Margaret Caley (d. 1877). He was the principal and superintendent of the Haverford School from 1853 to 1857. Richard was appointed an "Indian Agent" for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes at Wichita, Kansas in 1870, and served until 1876. Richard was appointed under the Peace Policy adopted by President Grant, which officially turned over the management of the Central Superintendency to the care of the Orthodox branch of the Society of Friends. The Central Superintendency included the entire area of Kansas and the "Indian Territory." The area was under the care of nine Agents, all members of the Society of Friends, who were under the supervision of Superintendent Enoch Hoag and the "Commissioner of Indian Affairs" in Washington, D.C. The Agents were responsible for distributing rations, teaching agriculture, counseling, and establishing government schools. President Hayes, Grant's successor, appointed a new commissioner in 1877, who considered many of the Friends inefficient and in some cases, dishonest. As a result of this change in policy and administration, the office of the Central Superintendent and some of the Agencies were abolished.

Extent

.25 linear ft. (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Letters, invoices, vouchers, account book, and other financial records related to Jonathan Richard's work as Agent at Wichita, Kansas, from 1870 to 1876. Material deals primarily with Richard's attempts to settle government claims against him regarding a disputed balance of over $23,000.

Related Materials

Related collections include: Enoch Hoag papers, 1865­-1883 (HC.MC-1034); John B. Garrett papers, 1853­-1961 (bulk 1853­-1872) (HC.MC-903).

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown.

Title
Jonathan Richard papers, 1870-1881
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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