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Jacob Piatt Dunn
L47, B59, OB46, OBC9, V46
1824 – 1865
13 mss boxes, 1 volume, 4 os folders

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Elizabeth Wilkinson, September 2007
Revised by: Brent Abercrombie, March 2012

 

Biographical Note:

Jacob Piatt Dunn, born April 12, 1855, was an Indianapolis attorney (1876 – 1879, 1884 – 1888), prospector, and journalist in Colorado (1879 – 1884). Aside from his law work, Dunn wrote for the Indianapolis Sentinel and other local papers (1889 – 1904). Dunn also served the Indiana State Librarian from 1889 to 1893. Dunn also had a strong interest in history and authored several historical books. Jacob Dunn died June 6, 1924 at the age of 69.

Source:

Information found within the collection.

Scope and Content Note:

The bulk of the collection consists of Jacob Dunn’s papers relating to his research on Native Americans in the state of Indiana. Of particular importance is his English-Miami Indian dictionary on index cards (since photocopied), and stories and texts collected from Miami Indians (1906 – 1916). In addition to his Miami Indian research, the collection also contains letters from Chippewa Indian ministers in northern Minnesota to Rev. J.A. Gilfillan with translations (1880s – 1890), a copy of the Peoria-French dictionary in the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, and his various research notes in preparation of his book True Indian Stories. 

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1. 

Folder 
1. Robert Barnhill
2. Isaac Blackford Information
3. Fletcher Family Notes
4. French Lick & West Baden
5. Historic Paintings
6. “Indiana & the Tariff” Speech, July 29, 1922
7. Indiana Biographies
8. Indiana Biography – Correspondence
9. Indiana Biography – Lists & Notes
10. Biography Notebook
11. Indiana Constitutional Convention
12. Indiana Public Library Commission
13. Little Turtle’s Grave
14. “Marquette’s Monsters”
15. Misc. Articles & Speeches
16. Misc. Correspondence

Box 2. 

Folder 
1. Vincennes, Northwest Territory papers 1773 – 1799
2. Knox County papers 1800 – 1808
3. Knox County papers 1809 – 1815
4. Knox County papers 1816 – 1831
5. Excerpts from French Documents relating to Beaubois and Fort Vincennes, 1901
6. Articles by and about Pierre Georges Ray 1902 – 1916
7. Charles F. Coffin article “North Carolina to Indiana” 1909
8. Items relating to Dunn’s 1914 Speech
9. Article regarding oldest Indiana Invoice 1918
10. Political Material 1914
11. Article regarding Missionaries of Indiana ca. 1920s
12. Scrapbook 1945
13. Misc. Papers 1899 – 1922
14. Miami Words Recorded December 1907 from Gabriel Godfroy Notebook

Box 3. 

Folder 
1. Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages 1880
2. Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages 1880 (copy 2)
3. Names of Indians
4. Indians in Oklahoma
5. Minute Book House of Representatives

Box 4.  English – Miami Dictionary, A – Coyote, Vocabulary no. 8 (with Notes)

Folder 
1. Indian Material Notebook
2. Notes on Indian Place Names
3. English – Miami Dictionary, A – Ai, Vocabulary no. 8
4. English – Miami Dictionary, Ai – Ap, Vocabulary no. 8
5. English – Miami Dictionary, Ar – Ax, Vocabulary no. 8
6. English – Miami Dictionary, B – Ba, Vocabulary no. 8
7. English – Miami Dictionary, Be – Bey, Vocabulary no. 8
8. English – Miami Dictionary, Bi – Bl, Vocabulary no. 8
9. English – Miami Dictionary, Bo – Boy, Vocabulary no. 8
10. English – Miami Dictionary, Br – Bu, Vocabulary no. 8
11. English – Miami Dictionary, Ca – Ce, Vocabulary no. 8
12. English – Miami Dictionary, Ch – Cl, Vocabulary no. 8
13. English – Miami Dictionary, Co – Coyote, Vocabulary no. 8

Box 5.  English – Miami Dictionary, Cr – Na, Vocabulary no. 8

Folder 
1. English – Miami Dictionary, Cr – Cu, Vocabulary no. 8
2. English – Miami Dictionary, Da – Dew, Vocabulary no. 8
3. English – Miami Dictionary, Di – Dw, Vocabulary no. 8
4. English – Miami Dictionary, Ea – Ey, Vocabulary no. 8
5. English – Miami Dictionary, Fa – Fl, Vocabulary no. 8
6. English – Miami Dictionary, Fo – Fu, Vocabulary no. 8
7 English – Miami Dictionary, Ga – Gn, Vocabulary no. 8
8. English – Miami Dictionary, Gr – Ha, Vocabulary no. 8
9. English – Miami Dictionary, He – Hu, Vocabulary no. 8
10. English – Miami Dictionary, I – K, Vocabulary no. 8
11. English – Miami Dictionary, La – Li, Vocabulary no. 8
12. English – Miami Dictionary, Lo – Ma, Vocabulary no. 8
13. English – Miami Dictionary, Me – Na, Vocabulary no. 8

Box 6. 

Folder 
1. English – Miami Dictionary, Ne – O, Vocabulary no. 8
2. English – Miami Dictionary, P, Vocabulary no. 8
3. English – Miami Dictionary, Q – Sig, Vocabulary no. 8
4. English – Miami Dictionary, Sil – Sw, Vocabulary no. 8
5. English – Miami Dictionary, Sy – Tw, Vocabulary no. 8
6. English – Miami Dictionary, U – Y, Vocabulary no. 8
7. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 1 – 24, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
8. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 25 – 34, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
9. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 35 – 53, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
10. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 54 – 59, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
11. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 72 – 82, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
12. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 83 – 101, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
13. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 102 – 112, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)

Box 7. 

Folder 
1. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 113 – 127, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
2. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 128 – 140, Vocabulary no. 10 (type script of vocabulary no. 9)
3. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 141 – 157, Vocabulary no. 10 (typewritten)
4. Peoria – French Dictionary, p. 158 – 185, Vocabulary no. 10 (typewritten)
5. Typewritten Portion of Peoria – French Dictionary, prepared for publication by John Gilmore Shea with comments on the dictionary
6. English – Miami Translation of Port of the Peoria – French Dictionary, Vocabulary no. 9 and 10
7. Copy of Comparative Vocabularies (#13)
8. Copy and Transcript of Vocabulary (#14)
9. Comparison of Gatshet’s Peoria and Godfroy’s Miami, 1908 and 1909 (#15)
10. Copy of Potawatomi word list, as secured from Thomas Toposh, 1905 (#16)
11. Potawatomi word list, as secured from Quashma, July 1905 (#17)
12. Miami verbs: conjugation (copies of #18 in OBC9 folder 2) (#18)

Box 8. 

Folder 
1. Lenox Library Peoria Manuscripts
2. “A Study of the Lenox Library Peoria Manuscripts” (#20)
3. Wissakatcakwa Stories, 1909 (#21)
4. Revised Gatschet Texts, 1909 (#22)
5. “Bible Account of Creation” & “The Lord’s Prayer,” 1909 (#23)
6. “Trumbull’s Lord’s Prayer” & Lennipinjakami,” 1909 (#24)
7. History of Genesis, chapter 1 & 2 (#25)
8. “Napingwiaki, Alsokalinda; Alsokan Wapimongwa; Why we have Daylight; Whence first came the Miami, Lord’s Prayer” (#26)
9. Alsokalinda Kapia, 1908 (#27)
10. Story of Cipakana (#28)
11. Little Turtle’s Speech at the Greenville, Treaty Council, 1795 (copied from original or translated)
12. Lennipinjakami; Papangamwa; Genesis chapter 1; “Lord’s Prayer” (#30)
13. Gilfillan (#31)
14. Tchingwansa, or Young Thunder; Eyalia, or the Opossum (#32)
15. Miami Verbs, July 2, 1904 (#33)
16. Miami Grammar (#34)
17. Article on Miami Language (#35)
18. Indiana Indian Language (#36)
19. A Language Clue to Indian Origins (#37)
20. Indiana Indian Names (#38)
21. Language Lore Articles (#39)
22. The Food of the Miami (#40)
23. The Religion of the Miami (#41)
24. Religions Myth of the Miami (#42)
25. Historical Sketch of Miami in relation to location of the tribe prior to early 18th Century (#43)
26. Notes on Peoria and Miami Languages and Customs (#44)
27. Correspondence related to Indian Languages, 1888 – 1920 (#45 – 64)

Box 9. 

Folder 
1. Letters, 1910 – 1917
2. Miscellaneous Notes and Lists
3. Clippings, 1908 – 1913
4. The Red Man, 1912 – 1913

Box 10.  English – Miami Dictionary, Index Cards, A - D

Box 11.  English – Miami Dictionary, Index Cards, F – P

Box 12.  English – Miami Dictionary, Index Cards, R – Y

Box 13.  Peoria – French Photostat Bible

Oversized Material & Volume. 

B59 Lincoln Appointment (Photostat)
OB46 Indentures & Land Grants
OBC9 Folder 1: Vocabulary no. 13
 Folder 2: Vocabulary no. 16 & 18
V46 Notebook

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 13 mss boxes, 4 os folders, 1 volume
Collection Dates: 1824 – 1865
Provenance: The Dunn Family (7/17/1931, 5/9/1938, and 3/1942)
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: Original cards are in fragile condition. Photocopies have been made and are available for patrons to view.

At the request of the donor, the maximum number of photocopies that can be made is 50.
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English, French, Miami, and Peoria
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: L27 Thaddeus Butler (U.S. Indian Agent for Miami Indians)
Notes: A collection inventory was published as Jacob Piatt Dunn: His Indian Language Studies and Indian Manuscript Collection by Caroline Dunn, Indiana Historical Society Prehistory Research Series, v.1, n.2, December 1937.