This collection consists of 2 unpublished book manuscripts, Shawnee Chronicle and Frontier Soldier, written by John Upton Terrell in approximately 1975.
Scope and Contents:
The John Upton Terrell manuscripts consist of 2 unpublished book manuscripts, Shawnee Chronicle and Frontier Soldier, written by author and historian John Upton Terrell in approximately 1975. His manuscript Shawnee Chronicle provides a history of the Shawnee peoples, their migrations, and their interactions with other Native and non-Native groups up until the early 19th century. Terrell's other manuscript in this collection, Frontier Soldier, chronicles the life of U.S. Army Major General George Crook, known for his involvement in the "Indian Wars" in the decades directly following the Civil War.
The materials in this collection maintain their original order.
Biographical / Historical:
John Upton Terrell was born in 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. During his teenage years he moved west, working first as a ranch hand in Montana, before later becoming a journalist and author in California. Terrell eventually published over three dozen books, many on the history of the Old West and various Native American communities. He died in 1988 at age 87.
Many of John Upton Terrell's published works on the history of Native American peoples are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian Library.
Donated to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries by John Upton Terrell's daughter, Nena Terrell in 2019. Transferred from Smithsonian Institution Libraries to the NMAI Archives in 2019.
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Identification of specific item; circa 1975; John Upton Terrell manuscripts, Box and Folder Number, NMAI.AC.400; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.