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Philip Faribault Wells Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2001-045

Content Description

This collection consists of letters sent and received, typewritten manuscripts on various topics, newspaper clippings, photographs and receipts. Philip Wells was born in Minnesota in 1851, the son of James Wells, a trader, adn Jane Grahm Wells, a half Santee. Wells became proficient in several languages, including French and Sioux. He was the chief interpreter and guide for the army in Dakota during the Messiah War. He was also present during Wounded Knee. He died in 1947. Accretion to H75-134

Acquisition Type

Gift

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • ca. 1890s-1940s

Creator

Extent

1 Cubic Feet

Inventory

Folder 1: Receipts (5 items) To J.F. Asay signed by P.F. Wells, Nov. 15, 1890 From Scott & Lipphard to Philip Wells, March 12, 1896 From The New Metropolitan European Hotel to P.F. Wells, March 15, 1896 Pine Ridge Hotel to P. F. Wells, March 17, 1897 From Scott & Lipphard to Phillip Wells, 189- Folder 2: Letters Received Personal, 1891-1947 Wedding card, Louis Paul Primeau to Roselund Harriet Cournoyer, January 20, 1891 To Mary Wells from her sister Katie, June 1895 Wedding card, A.B. Douglas to M. Jeane LaCroix, Octover 24, 1895 Philip and Mary Wells from their daughter Alma, February 8, 1907 Philip Wells from his nephew Louis, September 16, 1910 A.G. Granger from Russell B. Moberly, February 7, 1931 (regarding State Soldiers’ Home) Announcement of Golden Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Philip F. Wells, February 10, 1935 Philip F. Wells from his sister, March 4, 1935 Mr. & Mrs. Philip Wells from Frank B. Eldridge, May 21, 1937, panoramic postcard Mr. & Mrs. Philip F. Wells, from Tom and Flora, December 26, 1937, Christmas card Philip Wells from Earl H. Klock, January 1, 1938, condolence letter Philip Wells from Tom & Flora, March 10, 1940 Mr. Wells from Mrs. H. E. Summers, January 29, 1941 Philip Wells from Tom and Flora, February 20, 1942 Mr. P.F. Wells from his sister Agnes, April 22, 1942 Philip Wells from his grandson Fred, June 12, 1942 Philip Wells from his grandson Billie Pettyjohn, December 15, 1946 Mrs. Alma Sauser from Asta Kiel, January 28, 1947 One type-written letter from Philip G. Reedy, undated, not addressed (4 pages) Letter to “dad” from Alma, undated Folder 3: Letters Received Business, 1891-1895 Statement of “Help Them” son of “Heart Man”, January 7, 1891 Col. Shafter from ---N. Preston, February 12, 1891 Philip F. Wells from E. J. Vattmann, May 15, 1891 P.F. Wells from Charles G. Penney, July 1, 1891 To whom it may concern from Thomas Reddy, January 3, 1892 P.F. Wells from J. Ford Kens, January 9, 1892 To whom it may concern from James A. Fuilay, March 4, 1893 Phillip F. Wells from James A. George, June 4, 1893 To whom it may concern, ??? Captain 11th Infantry, June 12, 1893 Subpoena to testify between U.S. and Two Sticks, October 23, 1893 Phillip Wells from John H. King, February 13, 1895 Philip Wells from J. B. Bottuneau, March 5, 1896 P.F. Wells from W. M. Camp, July 8, 1911 Robert J. Gamble from R. G. Valentine, August 7, 1911 P.F. Wells from P.H. O’Rourk, October 2, 1912 E.W. Martin from Philip Wells, January 16, 1913 (envelope is addressed to Philip) Phillip Wells from Henry Standing Bear, February 24, 1913 P.F. Wells from Charles H. Bates, February 24, 1913 Phillip Wells from Henry S. Bear, July 12, 1913 Phillip F. Wells from Michael F. Cirten, September 15, 1913 Phillip F. Wells from Mrs. Ellis A. Wells, November 1, 1913 Wells from ??? March 9, 1914 Alma Sauser from Thomas Sterling, May 30, 1914 Friend from Cole Fells?, June 12, 1914 Philip Wells from H. H. Heater, January 22, 1916 Mr. Mark Wells from O.W. Clark, January 1, 1925 P.G. Reedy from Lois M. Fawcett, August 31, 1932 Mr. Wells from E.P. Nelson, March 21, 1934 Philip F. Wells from Senator Peter Norbeck, March 13, 1936 Philip F. Wells form Robert Two Elk, December 4, 1937 Philip Wells from E.P. Wilson, August 16, 1939 Philip Wells from George E. Hyde, August 20, 1939 Philip Wells from C.B. Kaercher, November 7, 1939 P. F. Wells from Representative Francis Case, April 5, 1940 P.F. Wells from Thomas E, Odell, June 9, 1940 Philip Wells from Hannah M. Overboe, June 14, 1940 Philip Wells from Philip Wells, November 22, 1941 (letter signed Philip F. Wells in envelope addressed to Philip F. Wells Mr. Wells from Thomas E. Odell, July 6, 1942 Mr. Miller from---------, June 21, 1945 Folder 4: Letter to President Grover Cleveland asking for the appointment of W.E. Anderson as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, March 10, 1893 Folder 5: Two sheets of poetry written by the pupils of the Indian Industrial Boarding School to Mrs. James McLaughlin and Mrs. John Cramsie, March 30, 1895 Folder 6: Typewritten letter by Col. Charles W. Taylor certifying that Philip F. Wells served as a Chief of Scouts and Interpretor from 1890-1891. December 17, 1913 Folder 7: Letters Sent To Commissioner of Indian Affairs from Philip F. Wells, April, 28, 1914 To the Honorable Secretary of the Interior, June 12, 1914. Petition To the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from Philip F. Wells, June 16, 1914 To Peter Norbeck from Philip Wells, Jr. September 18, 1917 To John Collier from Philip F. Wells, March 16, 1934 To Francis Case from Philip F. Wells, February 3, 1937 Folder 8: Typewritten copy of testimony of Philip Wells in the matter of application of Micheal Emmett Urell for extra pension, April 18, 1917. Letter written to Philip Wells from M.E. Urell, March 14, 1917 Letter written to Phillipp Wells from M.E. Urell, April 25, 1917 Folder 9: Indian Annuities, 1875 (5 typed pages) Folder 10: The Last of the Inkpaduta Band (4 typed pages) FOLDERS 11 through 28 are a series of typewritten pages. The page numbers in the top right corner are in sequence and written with the same type of ink. Folder 11: First White Men that the Santee Sioux Met (5 pages) Folder 12: The First Prohibition Among the Indians (9 pages) Folder 13: Summary of the Minnesota Massacre (1 page) Folder 14: Rescueing Prisoners that were taken at the Minnesota Massacre (2 pages) Folder 15: The Kidnapping of Medicine Bottle and Shakap (2 pages) Folder 16: The Killing of James Wells, My Father (7 pages) Folder 17: Destruction of Gordons Train, 1875 (2 pages) Folder 18: Trip to the Black Hills with Gold Miners and the Location of my present home, 1875 (3 pages) Folder 19: The Treaty of the Black Hills at Cheyenne River Agency, 1876 (1 page) Folder 20: My Trip to Bear Butte with a Dispatch that kept me out of the Fight with Custer (2 pages) Folder 21: Crow Dogs Account of the Death of the Lt. Harrington of Custer’s Command, 1876 (2 pages) Folder 22: Crow Dog Kills Spotted Tail Causing an Act of Congress, 1881 (3 pages) Folder 23: The Treaty of 1878 and It’s Violation that Almost Caused a Renewal of the War (3 pages) Folder 24: The Hanging of Brave Bear for the Murder of Joe Johnson (3 pages) Folder 25: The Last of the Inkpaduta Band (4 pages) Folder 26: The Rumor that General custer was killed by Rain-in-the-Face (2 pages) Folder 27: Patrolling of Reservation to keep white Trespassers off (4 pages) Folder 28: My Destruction of the Last Herd of Buffalo in 1883 (6 pages) Folders 29 through 50 are another series of type written pages. The page numbers in the top right hand corner are written in the same type of ink and all pages have holes from a three-ring-binder. Folder 29: Indian worships one Supreme Being (1 page) Folder 30: The Sun Dance (1 page) Folder 31: The Last Sun Dance (1 page) Folder 32: The Model Husband and Wife (1 page) Folder 33: Relationship between the Father-in-Law and Daughter-in-law and Mother-in-law and Son-in-law (2 pages) Folder 34: Customs in Indian Warfare (2 pages) Folder 35: Difference in Word Forms used by the Indian Men and those used by the Indian Women (1 page) Folder 36: Three Distinct Types of the Sioux Tribe, Santees, Yanktons and Tetons (1 page) Folder 37: The Indian Esperanto (1 page) Folder 38: Singing the Death Song (2 pages) Folder 39: What the Eagle Feather Means to the Indian (2 pages) Folder 40: Indian Secret Code Signals (2 pages) Folder 41: Why Democracy was Opposed by the Indians (2 pages) Folder 42: The Customs of the War Dance (1 page) Folder 43: War Whoop and War Paint (1 page) Folder 44: Difference Between the younger Indians and their Forefathers (1 page) Folder 45: The Power of Mind over Matter (4 pages) Folder 46: The History of the Name of White River (1 page) Folder 47: The Engraved Rocks (1 page) Folder 48: How Wounded Knee Received its Name (2 pages) Folder 49: The Porcupine Butte (1 page) Folder 50: The Dismounting and Disarming of the Friendly Indians in 1876 (1 page) Folder 51: Former Resident Finds Interesting Bit of Local History, December 7, 1928 Folder 52: Interview with Chiefs Gall, Crow King, Hump and Big Rogue, undated Folder 53: The Agency at the Time the Battle of Wounded Knee took Place, undated Folder 54: Statement of Mrs. Spotted Horn Bull, undated Folder 55: Testimony of P.F. Wells of Incident Involving Big Foot, undated Folder 56: Request a Commission to be sent to Pine Ridge, undated Folder 57: Differences Between an American Horse and Indian Pony and What I would have done had I been in Lt. Harringtons Place, undated Folder 58:A Talk with Charley Pecott, undated Folder 59: The Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Indian, undated Folder 60: Struck-by-the-Ree namesake, undated Folder 61: Miscellaneous Golden Jubilee certificate, 1939 Death certificate for Maurice Wells, 1939 Small map –Corrections for photographic shee of Eng. Dept. Map of Western Territories Tracing Sheet no. 3 Black Hills Case page 4 One sheet, hand-written, about Little Wounded, undated Seven orange hand-written pages Three empty envelopes One hand-written page One hand-written page about an agreement between the Sioux tribe and Col. Mitchell and Col. Chamber Folder 62: Newspaper clippings FB 446 Photographs Oval photograph of Fred Wells in WWI uniform Oval photograph of woman 13 x 14 charcoal drawing of three small children 15 x13 charcoal drawing of man 5x7 black and white photograph of unidentified group of people. Folder 1: Receipts (5 items) To J.F. Asay signed by P.F. Wells, Nov. 15, 1890 From Scott & Lipphard to Philip Wells, March 12, 1896 From The New Metropolitan European Hotel to P.F. Wells, March 15, 1896 Pine Ridge Hotel to P. F. Wells, March 17, 1897 From Scott & Lipphard to Phillip Wells, 189- Folder 2: Letters Received Personal, 1891-1947 Wedding card, Louis Paul Primeau to Roselund Harriet Cournoyer, January 20, 1891 To Mary Wells from her sister Katie, June 1895 Wedding card, A.B. Douglas to M. Jeane LaCroix, Octover 24, 1895 Philip and Mary Wells from their daughter Alma, February 8, 1907 Philip Wells from his nephew Louis, September 16, 1910 A.G. Granger from Russell B. Moberly, February 7, 1931 (regarding State Soldiers’ Home) Announcement of Golden Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Philip F. Wells, February 10, 1935 Philip F. Wells from his sister, March 4, 1935 Mr. & Mrs. Philip Wells from Frank B. Eldridge, May 21, 1937, panoramic postcard Mr. & Mrs. Philip F. Wells, from Tom and Flora, December 26, 1937, Christmas card Philip Wells from Earl H. Klock, January 1, 1938, condolence letter Philip Wells from Tom & Flora, March 10, 1940 Mr. Wells from Mrs. H. E. Summers, January 29, 1941 Philip Wells from Tom and Flora, February 20, 1942 Mr. P.F. Wells from his sister Agnes, April 22, 1942 Philip Wells from his grandson Fred, June 12, 1942 Philip Wells from his grandson Billie Pettyjohn, December 15, 1946 Mrs. Alma Sauser from Asta Kiel, January 28, 1947 One type-written letter from Philip G. Reedy, undated, not addressed (4 pages) Letter to “dad” from Alma, undated Folder 3: Letters Received Business, 1891-1895 Statement of “Help Them” son of “Heart Man”, January 7, 1891 Col. Shafter from ---N. Preston, February 12, 1891 Philip F. Wells from E. J. Vattmann, May 15, 1891 P.F. Wells from Charles G. Penney, July 1, 1891 To whom it may concern from Thomas Reddy, January 3, 1892 P.F. Wells from J. Ford Kens, January 9, 1892 To whom it may concern from James A. Fuilay, March 4, 1893 Phillip F. Wells from James A. George, June 4, 1893 To whom it may concern, ??? Captain 11th Infantry, June 12, 1893 Subpoena to testify between U.S. and Two Sticks, October 23, 1893 Phillip Wells from John H. King, February 13, 1895 Philip Wells from J. B. Bottuneau, March 5, 1896 P.F. Wells from W. M. Camp, July 8, 1911 Robert J. Gamble from R. G. Valentine, August 7, 1911 P.F. Wells from P.H. O’Rourk, October 2, 1912 E.W. Martin from Philip Wells, January 16, 1913 (envelope is addressed to Philip) Phillip Wells from Henry Standing Bear, February 24, 1913 P.F. Wells from Charles H. Bates, February 24, 1913 Phillip Wells from Henry S. Bear, July 12, 1913 Phillip F. Wells from Michael F. Cirten, September 15, 1913 Phillip F. Wells from Mrs. Ellis A. Wells, November 1, 1913 Wells from ??? March 9, 1914 Alma Sauser from Thomas Sterling, May 30, 1914 Friend from Cole Fells?, June 12, 1914 Philip Wells from H. H. Heater, January 22, 1916 Mr. Mark Wells from O.W. Clark, January 1, 1925 P.G. Reedy from Lois M. Fawcett, August 31, 1932 Mr. Wells from E.P. Nelson, March 21, 1934 Philip F. Wells from Senator Peter Norbeck, March 13, 1936 Philip F. Wells form Robert Two Elk, December 4, 1937 Philip Wells from E.P. Wilson, August 16, 1939 Philip Wells from George E. Hyde, August 20, 1939 Philip Wells from C.B. Kaercher, November 7, 1939 P. F. Wells from Representative Francis Case, April 5, 1940 P.F. Wells from Thomas E, Odell, June 9, 1940 Philip Wells from Hannah M. Overboe, June 14, 1940 Philip Wells from Philip Wells, November 22, 1941 (letter signed Philip F. Wells in envelope addressed to Philip F. Wells Mr. Wells from Thomas E. Odell, July 6, 1942 Mr. Miller from---------, June 21, 1945 Folder 4: Letter to President Grover Cleveland asking for the appointment of W.E. Anderson as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, March 10, 1893 Folder 5: Two sheets of poetry written by the pupils of the Indian Industrial Boarding School to Mrs. James McLaughlin and Mrs. John Cramsie, March 30, 1895 Folder 6: Typewritten letter by Col. Charles W. Taylor certifying that Philip F. Wells served as a Chief of Scouts and Interpretor from 1890-1891. December 17, 1913 Folder 7: Letters Sent To Commissioner of Indian Affairs from Philip F. Wells, April, 28, 1914 To the Honorable Secretary of the Interior, June 12, 1914. Petition To the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from Philip F. Wells, June 16, 1914 To Peter Norbeck from Philip Wells, Jr. September 18, 1917 To John Collier from Philip F. Wells, March 16, 1934 To Francis Case from Philip F. Wells, February 3, 1937 Folder 8: Typewritten copy of testimony of Philip Wells in the matter of application of Micheal Emmett Urell for extra pension, April 18, 1917. Letter written to Philip Wells from M.E. Urell, March 14, 1917 Letter written to Phillipp Wells from M.E. Urell, April 25, 1917 Folder 9: Indian Annuities, 1875 (5 typed pages) Folder 10: The Last of the Inkpaduta Band (4 typed pages) FOLDERS 11 through 28 are a series of typewritten pages. The page numbers in the top right corner are in sequence and written with the same type of ink. Folder 11: First White Men that the Santee Sioux Met (5 pages) Folder 12: The First Prohibition Among the Indians (9 pages) Folder 13: Summary of the Minnesota Massacre (1 page) Folder 14: Rescueing Prisoners that were taken at the Minnesota Massacre (2 pages) Folder 15: The Kidnapping of Medicine Bottle and Shakap (2 pages) Folder 16: The Killing of James Wells, My Father (7 pages) Folder 17: Destruction of Gordons Train, 1875 (2 pages) Folder 18: Trip to the Black Hills with Gold Miners and the Location of my present home, 1875 (3 pages) Folder 19: The Treaty of the Black Hills at Cheyenne River Agency, 1876 (1 page) Folder 20: My Trip to Bear Butte with a Dispatch that kept me out of the Fight with Custer (2 pages) Folder 21: Crow Dogs Account of the Death of the Lt. Harrington of Custer’s Command, 1876 (2 pages) Folder 22: Crow Dog Kills Spotted Tail Causing an Act of Congress, 1881 (3 pages) Folder 23: The Treaty of 1878 and It’s Violation that Almost Caused a Renewal of the War (3 pages) Folder 24: The Hanging of Brave Bear for the Murder of Joe Johnson (3 pages) Folder 25: The Last of the Inkpaduta Band (4 pages) Folder 26: The Rumor that General custer was killed by Rain-in-the-Face (2 pages) Folder 27: Patrolling of Reservation to keep white Trespassers off (4 pages) Folder 28: My Destruction of the Last Herd of Buffalo in 1883 (6 pages) Folders 29 through 50 are another series of type written pages. The page numbers in the top right hand corner are written in the same type of ink and all pages have holes from a three-ring-binder. Folder 29: Indian worships one Supreme Being (1 page) Folder 30: The Sun Dance (1 page) Folder 31: The Last Sun Dance (1 page) Folder 32: The Model Husband and Wife (1 page) Folder 33: Relationship between the Father-in-Law and Daughter-in-law and Mother-in-law and Son-in-law (2 pages) Folder 34: Customs in Indian Warfare (2 pages) Folder 35: Difference in Word Forms used by the Indian Men and those used by the Indian Women (1 page) Folder 36: Three Distinct Types of the Sioux Tribe, Santees, Yanktons and Tetons (1 page) Folder 37: The Indian Esperanto (1 page) Folder 38: Singing the Death Song (2 pages) Folder 39: What the Eagle Feather Means to the Indian (2 pages) Folder 40: Indian Secret Code Signals (2 pages) Folder 41: Why Democracy was Opposed by the Indians (2 pages) Folder 42: The Customs of the War Dance (1 page) Folder 43: War Whoop and War Paint (1 page) Folder 44: Difference Between the younger Indians and their Forefathers (1 page) Folder 45: The Power of Mind over Matter (4 pages) Folder 46: The History of the Name of White River (1 page) Folder 47: The Engraved Rocks (1 page) Folder 48: How Wounded Knee Received its Name (2 pages) Folder 49: The Porcupine Butte (1 page) Folder 50: The Dismounting and Disarming of the Friendly Indians in 1876 (1 page) Folder 51: Former Resident Finds Interesting Bit of Local History, December 7, 1928 Folder 52: Interview with Chiefs Gall, Crow King, Hump and Big Rogue, undated Folder 53: The Agency at the Time the Battle of Wounded Knee took Place, undated Folder 54: Statement of Mrs. Spotted Horn Bull, undated Folder 55: Testimony of P.F. Wells of Incident Involving Big Foot, undated Folder 56: Request a Commission to be sent to Pine Ridge, undated Folder 57: Differences Between an American Horse and Indian Pony and What I would have done had I been in Lt. Harringtons Place, undated Folder 58:A Talk with Charley Pecott, undated Folder 59: The Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Indian, undated Folder 60: Struck-by-the-Ree namesake, undated Folder 61: Miscellaneous Golden Jubilee certificate, 1939 Death certificate for Maurice Wells, 1939 Small map –Corrections for photographic shee of Eng. Dept. Map of Western Territories Tracing Sheet no. 3 Black Hills Case page 4 One sheet, hand-written, about Little Wounded, undated Seven orange hand-written pages Three empty envelopes One hand-written page One hand-written page about an agreement between the Sioux tribe and Col. Mitchell and Col. Chamber Folder 62: Newspaper clippings FB 446 Photographs Oval photograph of Fred Wells in WWI uniform Oval photograph of woman 13 x 14 charcoal drawing of three small children 15 x13 charcoal drawing of man 5x7 black and white photograph of unidentified group of people.