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Finding Aid to the General George H. Crook Collection MS.1242
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  • Title: General George H. Crook Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1242
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet (2 folders)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1885-1890
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1977
    Abstract: General George Crook (1852-1890) was a career United States Army officer who is best known for his service during the United States Civil War and Indian Wars in the late 19th Century. This collections consists of correspondence, an Apache Wars report by Crook, and Crooke's obituary written by O. O. Howard. This material was created between 1885 and 1890. There is also a bibliography created by the Southwest Museum Library, circa 1977.
    creator: Crook, George, General, 1829-1890
    creator: Howard, O. O.|q(Oliver Otis), 1830-1909

    Scope and contents

    This collections consists of correspondence and an Apache Wars report by Crook. The collection also includes Crooke's obituary written by O. O. Howard in 1890 June and a bibliography of books and articles held in the Southwest Museum Library, circa 1977. The bulk of the material was created between 1885-1890.

    Preferred citation

    General George H. Crook Collection, 1885-1977, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1242.[item number].


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Custodial history

    With the exception of the Crook bibliography, MS.1242.D, this collection was assembled by Southwest Museum staff from Library acquisitions made between 1910-1973. Some of the items were originally from the collections of Charles Fletcher Lummis and Joseph Amasa Munk. The bibliography was created by Southwest Museum staff some time before 1977.

    Processing history

    Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Biographical/Historical note

    General George Crook (1852-1890) was a career United States Army officer who is best known for his service during the United States Civil War and Indian Wars in the late 19th Century.
    He was born in 1828 September 8 on a farm near Taylorsville, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1852 and spent the first part of his military career in Northern California and Oregon. He fought in the Apache Wars from 1871-1875 where he led a campaign against the legendary Chiricahua Indian leader, Geronimo.
    General George Crook earned a reputation for diplomacy and developing a respect for the Native American tribes he was ordered to fight against.
    His campaign with Geronimo would be the last of his military career. Crook remained a senior officer and during his last years he worked vigorously against white encroachments on Indian lands. According to the Lakota chief Red Cloud, a one-time adversary, Crook "never lied to us. His words gave the people hope."
    Crook died on 1890 March 2.

    Related Archival Materials note

    George Crook Papers, A 024, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
    Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.
    United States. Dept. of the Interior.
    Apache Indians -- Wars
    Fort Bowie (Ariz.)
    Indians of North America -- Antiquities
    Indians of North America -- Wars