Truman Michelson conducted research among the Kickapoo in 1929 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. During this time, he worked with Joseph Murdock, a Mexican Kickapoo and former student at Carlisle Indian Industrial School. These notes contain information from Murdock and include phonetic transcriptions of vocabulary, a list of gentes, and some personal names.
Contets: Book Number I- Biographical sketch of William JOnes, 1 page. Words and sentences, 12 pages. List of Sauk clans, 1 page. Vocabulary and grammatical notes, 30 pages. Book Number 2. Words and sentences, Sauk personal names, etc. 14 pages. The custom of smoking horses among the Sauks - custom of the Shawnee and Sauks or Kickapoo and Sauks of visiting one another's reservations every other year with description of ceremony- 4 pages. Syllabic notes, 1 page. Legend of the Great Dipper - 1 page.
Includes: Notes on Kickapoo clans, Mexican Kickapoo personal names, with meaning; by ref biog notes, clan affiliation. Notes on Death Ceremony of the Kickapoo, 9 pages. Death Ceremony of the Kickapoo explained, 9 pages. Miscellaneous notes on the following: Indian Dances (Soldier Dance); Kickapoo Spiritualism; Indian Love and Affection; Kickapoo Springs; Indian version of an old Ghost Story; Kickapoo Adoption; Shawnee ball-game; Kickapoo Games; Miscellaneous ethnological notes; copies of correspondence including a letter (copy) from the Department of Public Health regarding the use of peyote; biographical notes on Emma Kickapoo Williams Ellis, who made a "Democratic Quilt" and wrote to Franklin D. Roosevelt regarding it, and stating that if he were elected she would send the quilt to him; miscellaneous notes; 26 pages.