[Bartlesville, Ok. 1925]. 48pp. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Very light creasing and wear to wraps. Contemporary pencil annotations. Light tanning internally. Very good. Item #868
An early, anecdotal history of the Osage Reservation, written by Thomas McKean Finney, a former Indian trader and longtime resident of the Indian Territory and Oklahoma. Finney was a descendant of Declaration signer and Pennsylvania governor Thomas McKean. He arrived in the Indian Territory in 1873 at the age of seventeen and established himself as a trader at the Osage and Kaw Agencies for the rest of the 1800s. The text contains accounts of episodes from the first fifty years of the reservation (established in 1872, roughly coinciding with Finney's tenure in the region), as well as reproductions of photographs depicting 19th-century life there and at the agency.
Rader 1392. Wilson, Bibliography of the Osage 532.