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Lease agreements for land in the Osage Reservation, Indian Territory and related correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 514

Overview

Contractual agreements and related notes and correspondence concerning lease of land in the Osage Reservation of Indian Territory (Oklahoma) for purposes of cattle grazing and oil and gas exploration. Includes agreements with Independence, Kansas banker Henry Vernon Foster and with Crane & Larimer (Independence, Kansas).

Dates

  • 1883 - 1896

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Osage Indians.

Preparatory to their relocation from Kansas in 1872, the Osage Indians purchased nearly one and one-half million acres of land from the Cherokees, constituting the Osage Reservation in what is now Osage County, Oklahoma. The Osage Reservation’s potential for grazing land and oil production attracted the interest of Independence, Kansas banker Henry Vernon Foster, living near the Osage Reservation’s northern border.

From 1882 to 1894, Foster leased Osage Reservation land on which he pastured cattle. In 1895, he applied to the U. S. Department of the Interior for a mining lease of the entire Osage Reservation for the purpose of oil and gas exploration. He secured the lease from the Osages, but died while negotiations for its approval were still pending before the Department of the Interior. By consent of the Department, the lease was obtained by his brother, Edwin B. Foster. From 1896 to 1916, the Foster Lease was the sole contract by which petroleum of the Osage Reservation was developed.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Scope and Contents

Documents in this collection include agreements either signed or proposed for lease of land in the Osage Reservation of Indian Territory (Oklahoma). They relate primarily to interests of Independence, Kansas banker Henry Vernon Foster in leasing the entire Osage Reservation for purposes of oil and gas exploration. Included are copies of December 1895 letters regarding related discussions with the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, notes detailing suggestions by "the Indian Department” concerning Foster’s proposed lease, and two unsigned and undated copies (one annotated, in draft) of Foster’s proposed lease agreement.

Also included is an 1890 agreement between Foster as vendor and Albert Roland Shaw as purchaser of Osage Reservation ranch land, citing agreements of 1883 and 1888 between the Osage Nation of Indian Territory and Crane & Larimer of Independence, Kansas for lease of 80,000 acres of the Osage Reservation for ranching purposes. Included are the two handwritten lease agreements between Crane & Larimer and the Osage Tribe, bearing names of tribal members. The 1883 agreement is accompanied by separate certifying statements of U.S. Indian Agent Laban J. Miles, the Osage National Council Secretary, and the Judge of Kansas’ 13th Judicial District. Folder arrangement is chronological.

Physical Location

RH MS 514

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum.

Related Materials

Osage Mission., Ledger books, 1851-1857., RH MS G7

Title
Guide to Lease Agreements for Land in the Osage Reservation, Indian Territory
Subtitle
Lease agreements for land in the Osage Reservation, Indian Territory and related correspondence
Author
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2004; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2004 revised by mrk, 2009
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/5767918128
Preferred citation
Lease agreements for land in the Osage Reservation, Kansas Collection, RH MS 514, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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