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Anti-Horse Thief Association minute book

Call Number: RH MS P860


The Anti-Horse Thief Association was a grass-roots organization of U.S. citizens that emerged in the 1850s as a vigilance body for prevention of theft, especially horse stealing. It remained active in the early 1900s, with membership bodies in many states and counties. This minute book of the Association's Hughes County, Oklahoma unit (Subordinate Order No. 179) contains its minutes from December 1911 to May 1912, and lists names of the unit's officers and members.


  • Creation: 1911-1912, and 1933 news clipping


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History of the Anti-Horse Thief Association

The Anti-Horse Thief Association (AHTA) was a citizens' vigilance body that emerged in the United States in the 1850s and remained active into the early 1900s. Its purpose was to prevent the theft of property, especially horses, from marauders, and to deter all forms of crime and lawlessness. The Association quickly grew, and soon had many state divisions and county units. Membership, which included AHTAhta protection, was open by application to law-abiding citizens who had reached the age twenty-one. Male members of county units (designated as subordinate orders) were eligible to attend meetings and to hold offices. One of the AHTA's many sub-orders was located in Hughes County, Oklahoma. Hughes County resident C. L. (Charles L.) Nugent was its president during meetings held from December 1911 to May 1912.


5 folders

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Physical Location

RH MS P860

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Frank Wood, 2000

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Anti-Horse Thief Association Minute book
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Anti-Horse Thief Association Minute Book, Kansas Collection, RH MS P860, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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