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Guide to the Kit Carson Papers, 1847-1885
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Box 1



Letters from Carson, mainly copies and drafts, as Indian agent, 1849-1865

Physical Description: (18 items)

Letters to Carson, A-Z (A partial list of correspondents may be found at the end of this report)

Box 2

Accounts as Indian agent, 1854-1861

Box 3

Bounty land papers


Forms to be used in applications for land

Physical Description: (5 items)

Lists of soldiers and affidavits re claims

Physical Description: (14 items)

Powers of attorney, A-Z

Physical Description: (41 items)

See also correspondence from the U.S. Pension office, Box 1


Bonds of traders, 1855-1860

Physical Description: (73 items)

Miscellaneous accounts, 1851-1866

Physical Description: (35 items)

Army accounts, 1847-1865

Physical Description: (43 items)

U.S. Army


Orders, 1847-1865

Physical Description: (9 items)



Legal papers, 1851-1861

Physical Description: (5 items)

Receipt and certificate from Freemasons of Montezuma Lodge, Santa Fe, 1859

Physical Description: (2 items)


Physical Description: (12 items)

Boggs, Thomas Oliver


Papers relating to the estate of C. Carson, 1868-1874

Physical Description: (8 items)

Scope and Content Note

Include letter from F. Maxwell with list of Carson's belongings at Taos; copy of letters testamentary, with will annexed; appraisal of estate; register of births and deaths in the Carson family; accounts; statememts re the administration of the estate.

Personal papers, correspondence, accounts, certificates of sale

Physical Description: (11 items)
oversize Oversize portfolio

Commissions as Indian agent, 1857-1858, signed by Pres. Buchanan

Physical Description: (2 items)

Census for Pueblo of San Gerónimo de Taos, 1856

Physical Description: (2 items)

Partial List of Correspondents




Bowman, Andrew W., d. 1869


Letter, Jan. 17, 1858, introducing Ancatash, chief of the Utahs.


Brewerton, George Douglas, 1820-1901


Letter, Mar. 12, 1854, re articles he has written and proposes writting re Carson. Mutilated and incomplete.


Beuthner, Solomon


4 letters, 1860-1864. See also De Witt Clinton Peters




Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889

see U.S. War Dept.


Canby, Edward Sprigg, 1817-1873


Letter, Jan. 19, 1862.


Carson, Lindsay


Letter, Aug. 1, 1854, to his brother re conditions in California.


Connelly, Henry, 1800-1866


Petition, May 17, 1864, addressed to the President of the U.S. for the appointment of Carson as Supervisor of the Indians on the reservation at the Bosque Redondo. Copy only.


Carleton, James Henry, 1814-1873


2 letters, 1863-1865.


Clayton, Powell, 1833-1914

see U.S. Treasury Dept.


Collins, James L.


4 letters, 1859-1860.


Cutler, Benjamin Clark


2 letters, 1864-1865.




Donaldson, James Lowry, 1814-1885


Letter, Dec. 6, 1860.


Davis, William Watts Hart, 1820-1910


8 letters, 1855-1857. Written as Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Santa Fe.


Denver, James William, 1817-1892

see U.S. Office of Indian Affairs




Garrison, Amos F., d. 1877


Letter, Feb. 11, 1864.




Johnston, Robert, d. 1902


Letter, Feb. 26, 1854.




McCormick, Richard Cunningham, 1832-1901


Letter, Dec. 15, 1863.


McFerran, John Courts, 1831-1872


Letter, Dec. 17, 1863.


Magruder, William Thomas, d. 1863


Letter, May 25, 1856.


Morgan, Lewis Henry, 1818-1881


Letter, Jan. 17, 1859.


Mastin, John


5 letters, 1856-1859.


Mayers, A. G.


3 letters, 1856.


Meriwether, David, 1800-


12 letters, 1854-1856. Letters of July 24, 1854 and of June 23, 1855 enclose copies of letters from G. W. Manypenny. Written as Governor of New Mexico and as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in New Mexico.


Messervy, William S.


3 letters, 1854.




Nicodemus, William Joseph Leonard, d. 1879


Letter, Dec. 24, 1861.




Ortibi, Charles, 1812-1883


Letter, Oct. 22, 1857.


Peters, De Witt Clinton, d. 1876


2 letters, 1859. Letter of Apr. 28, 1859 contains postscript by S. Beuthner.


St. Vrain, Ceran de Hault de Lassus de, 1802-1870


2 letters, 1853-1862.


Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891

see U.S. Army orders, Box 3


Stanton, Edwin McMaster, 1814-1869

see U.S. War Dept.




Tobens, Thomas Tate, 1823-


Letter, July 13, 1860.


U.S. Adjudant-General's office


2 letters, 1847-1864.


U.S. Office of Indian Affairs


13 letters, 1853-1860. Include copies, some addressed to James L. Collins. Some signed by James W. Denver. With these statements are accounts of Carson, 1855-1861.

Physical Description: (5 items)

U.S. Pension Office


48 letters, 1855-1859. Mainly re Bounty Land claims, some addressed to Mastin and to Quinn. Many form letters. See also Bounty Land Claims folder in Box 3.


U.S. Treasury Dept.


13 letters, 1856-1861. Some signed by Powell Clayton. Re accounts. Letters of Nov. 11, 1856 and Aug. 20, 1857 addressed to Julian Ledux.


U.S. War Dept.


2 letters, 1861-1865. Signed by Simon Cameron and Edwin M. Stanton.




Valdez, Santiago


Letter, Jan. 10, 1862.


Ward, John


5 letters, 1857-1860.


Yost, Samuel M.


2 letters, 1857-1858.