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William Alexander Carter letterbooks, 1860-1884.
BANC MSS P-M 200 v.2; BANC MSS P-M 200 v.3; BANC MSS P-M 200 v.4; BANC MSS P-M 200 v.5; ...
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William Alexander Carter letterbooks, 1860-1884


Carter, William Alexander, 1820-1881, creator


Carter, James Van Allen, 1838-1896


Groshen, Maurice.


Carter, Mary Elizabeth


Kept by Carter primarily in his capacity as sutler and post trader at Fort Bridger; many of the letters and entries are by his wife and sons-in-law, James Van Allen Carter and Maurice Groshon. The first letterbook, a photocopy of the Ms. owned by the Missouri Historical Society, contains letters sent from the fort, February 19, 1860-April 3, 1861; with it are two pages of mounted photographs of Fort Bridger scenes, made by E.A. Brininstool about 1924. Other volumes, pressbook copies of letters sent, cover the periods June 20, 1871-December 21, 1872; January 3, 1873-December 28, 1874; December 20, 1875-June 12, 1879; and June 8, 1882-November 8, 1884. A copy book of "Mail Correspondence," January 7, 1865-January 13, 1880, is separate. In all, ca. 2,565 l.


1860 (issued)


Indians -- Warfare -- West (U.S.)


V. 1 : photocopies.
For additional W.A. Carter papers, see Bancroft Library manuscripts under James Van Allen Carter; Corson Family; William H. Foote; Fort Bridger; Livingston, Kinkead & Company; Michael Martin; Pacific Telegraph Company; and U.S. Army.
W.A. Carter, born in Virginia, a soldier and sutler in Florida during the Seminole wars, later a Missouri settler and an 1850 overland emigrant to California, came to Fort Bridger in 1857 with the Utah Expedition, remaining the rest of his life as sutler and post trader. After his death, and until 1890, the business was carried on by his widow, Mary E. Carter, and their children.


Letterpress copybooks.

Physical Description:

6 v. ; 30 & 28 cm.




BANC MSS P-M 200 v.2
BANC MSS P-M 200 v.3
BANC MSS P-M 200 v.4
BANC MSS P-M 200 v.5
BANC MSS P-M 200 v.6