Guide to the Andrew Drips Papers

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Guide to the Andrew Drips Papers, 1819-1858

Collection number: BANC MSS P-W 37

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1961-1967
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Andrew Drips Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1819-1858
Collection Number: BANC MSS P-W 37
Origination: Drips, Andrew, 1789?-1860
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 1 microfilm reel
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Papers mostly relating to Drips's service as U.S. Indian Agent for the Upper Missouri, 1842-1846, and some for 1851 while Drips was trading for P. Chouteau, Jr., & Co. at their Scotts Bluff post, Fort John. One letter of 1830 is by Lucien Fontenelle, then his partner in the fur trade; a few accounts for 1819-1820 reflect Drip's earlier St. Louis mercantile partnership with Joseph W. Perkins. Some papers conern his children and affairs at Kansas, Missouri. Correspondents include G.P. Beauvais, T. Hartley Crawford, Fulton Cutting, William Drips, C.E. Galpin, Joseph V. Hamilton, Thomas H. Harvey, John Haverty, W.D. Hodgkiss, David D. Mitchell, P. Chouteau, Jr., & Co., and P.D. Papin.

With collection are typed transcripts of nine stories in Kansas City newspapers, 1904-1907, concerning Drip's daughter Catherine (1832-1904) and her husband William Mulkey (1824-1907); and a microfilmed scrapbook with genealogical data, family portraits, and newspaper clippings (38 exp.)
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew Drips Papers, BANC MSS P-W 37, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Andrew Drips' serape was given to the Anthropology Dept.
  • Moccasins of Catherine Drips were placed in the Historical Objects Collection which is now part of the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
  • Prints of the portrait photographs of the Barnes-Branch-Drips-Mulkey families have been cataloged separately and can be found in Portrait Drawer nos. 4707-4727 neg.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

These papers were given to The Bancroft Library by the great-granddaughter of Andrew Drips, Mrs. Richard B. Hershey, in November 1960 and September 1961. The collection forms part of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection.

Scope and Content

The collection contains chiefly correspondence and accounts of Andrew Drips as U.S. Indian Agent for the Upper Missouri, 1842-1846, and as fur trader for P. Chouteau, Jr. & Company at Fort John, Scotts Bluff. A few accounts, 1819-1820, for his partnership with Joseph W. Perkins and some Papers relating to his children and affairs in Kansas City, Missouri, are also included. With these are typed transcripts of articles from Kansas City newspapers, 1904-1907, concerning Drips' daughter, Catherine, and her husband, William Mulkey, as well as a few miscellaneous notes relating to the Drips family.

Key to Arrangement

box Box

Part I:


Correspondence and papers, except accounts, arranged chronologically.


Accounts as Indian Agent, 1843-1846, 24 items.


Accounts, 1819-1858, arranged chronologically, 41 items.


Transcripts of interviews and obituaries from Kansas City newspapers, 1904-1907, concerning Catherine Drips Mulkey and her husband William.


Clippings and miscellaneous notes concerning the family.


Transcripts made by Dale Morgan of material in the possession of Mrs. Kritser

reel Microfilm reel

Part II:


Notebook of Major Andrew Drips and some of his descendants.

Additional Note

"Gathered, arranged and edited by Mrs. Clyde H. Porter." "Started July 1st., 1946." Mimeographed in part.

Genealogical notes, information obtained from the National Archives pertaining to Drips' service in the Ohio Militia in the War of 1812


Obituary from the Westport Border Star, September 8, 1860


Miscellaneous notes from early Kansas City newspapers


Note on Théophile Brugier from Constant R. Marks, Pioneering in the Northwest


Copies of modern correspondence in quest of Drips family information


News items pertaining to the families of Drips' children, especially Catherine Drips Mulkey and her husband William Mulkey


Pasted original newspaper clippings of some of the above stories


The Border Star obituary of 1860


Typewritten copies of newspaper interviews with the Mulkeys made by Mrs. Hershey from the Branch Family scrapbook in the possession of her mother [carbons of these letters in Part I]


Reproductions of many photographs of members of the Drips family gathered from different sources

Additional Note

Copy negatives have been made of all the photographs in the scrapbook, as also of 7 original photographs of Catherine Drips Mulkey Branch, loaned by Lucretia Branch Hershey (Mrs. Richard B. Hershey), who also loaned the notebook for filming, as an addition to the original Drips Family papers in The Bancroft Library. The notebook consists of about 48 pages of textual material and 15 photographic plates of family members.

Partial List of Correspondents in Part I:


Beauvais, G. P.


1 letter, July 22, 1880


Chouteau, Pierre, Jr. & Company


8 letters, 1845-1851

Additional Note

Jan. 6, 1845, enclosing copies of charges made against Drips by Cutting and of T. H. Crawford's letter to Harvey; Jan. 9, 1846, signed by Pierre Didier Papin; May 19, 1846, written by Joseph V. Hamilton; agreement between the company and Andrew Drips, July 21, 1846; Aug. 4, 1851, enclosing agreement to be signed and returned; Aug. 7, 1851, enclosing list of goods shipped to Fort John; Aug. 9, 1851; Aug. 13, 1851; Dec. 9, 1851.

Crawford, Thomas Hartley, 1786-1863


3 letters, 1845

Additional Note

May 6, 1845, circular, enclosing copy of order from W. L. Marcy, Secretary of War, May 3, 1845; May 8 and June 28, 1845, circulars.

Cutting, Fulton

See Haverty, John


Drips, Andrew, 1789-1860


23 letters, 1844-1851

Additional Note

Letters written as Indian agent: Jan. 2, 1844; Apr. 29, 1844, enclosing petition from Sioux Indian Chiefs to the President of the United States for money due them; July 6, 1844; Oct. 12, 1844; Oct 25-26, 1844; Oct. 29, 1844; Apr. 6, 1845; June 1, 1845; Aug. 29, 1845; Dec. 6, 1845; Jan. 18, 1846; Mar. 9, 1846 (2 letters); June 25, 1846 (3 letters); July 10, 1846; Aug. 10, 1846.
Letters written as trader for P. Chouteau, Jr. & Co.: Apr. 12, 1851; June 4, 1851; Aug. 15, 1851; Aug. 25, 1851; Dec. 14, 1851.

Drips, William


1 letter, Nov. 28, 1857, to his sister, Catherine (Drips) Mulkey.


Fontenelle, Lucien


1 letter, July 7, 1830


Galpin, C. E.


1 letter, Oct. 12, 1851, enclosing invoice for goods forwarded to Fort John.


Hamilton, Joseph V.

See Chouteau, Pierre, Jr. & Company


Harvey, Thomas H.


10 letters, 1844-1846, written as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Saint Louis.

Additional Note

Feb. 21, 1844; Apr. 3, 1844, circular enclosing extract of letter from T. H. Crawford; Apr. 17, 1844; Dec. 26, 1844, enclosing copy of letter of T. H. Crawford to Harvey re Cutting's complaint against Drips; May 8, 1845 (2); Aug. 20, 1845; Aug. 26, 1845; Sept. 6, 1845; Mar. 13, 1846; Apr. 25, 1846.

Haverty, John


2 letters, 1845

Additional Note

May 20, 1845, enclosing copies of F. Cutting's complaint and of Crawford's reply to T. H. Harvey; May 21, 1845.

Hodgkiss, W. D.


1 letter, Oct. 12, 1851


Marcy, William Learned, 1786-1857

See Crawford, Thomas Hartley


Medill, William, 1805-1865


1 letter, Apr. 2, 1846


Mitchell, David Dawson, 1806-1861


1 letter, Jan. 2, 1844


Mulkey, Catherine (Drips), 1832-1904

See typed transcripts of obituaries from 1904 Kansas City newspapers.


Mulkey, William, 1824-1907

See typed transcripts of obituaries and statements from 1904 Kansas City newspapers.


Papin, Pierre Didier

See Chouteau, Pierre, Jr. & Company


Perkins, Joseph W.

See 1819-1820 accounts.


Picotte, Honoré


1 letter, May 31, 1851


U. S. Office of Indian Affairs


Oct. 30, 1845 - circular

See also Crawford, Thomas Hartley; Harvey, Thomas H.; Haverty, John; Medill, William


U. S. Office of Indian Affairs. Upper Missouri Agency

See Drips, Andrew


U. S. Treasury Department


4 letters, 1845-1847.

Additional Note

All signed by John M. McCalla. Aug. 5, 1845; Jan. 31, 1846; July 20, 1846; June 29, 1847.