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George Bird Grinnell Papers

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 6 Apr 2017

Biographical History

George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) was an American anthropologist, historian, naturalist, conservationist, and author. He wrote a number of books, including The Fighting Cheyennes (1915) and The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways (1923).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Bird Grinnell Papers consists entirely of small pieces of paper on which are written authorizations for payment to the Cheyenne tribe of Lame Deer, Montana. Documentation from the U.S. Department of the Interior, which accompanies the collection, indicates that the payments were authorized by George Bird Grinnell on behalf of an Englishman, George Walters, who had established a trading post at Lame Deer. The payments were for both goods (relics, handicrafts) and services (translation, guides).

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938.


Indians of North America -- Montana.
Trading posts -- Montana.
Trading posts -- United States -- History.


Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.

Genres and Forms

Financial records.
Orders to pay.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Bird Grinnell Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Table of Contents

Financial material