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Daniel B. Dyer collection

Call Number: RH MS P21


This collection consists of materials related to Daniel B. Dyer's career working as an Indian agent in Indian Territory (I.T., now Oklahoma), as well as some miscellaneous materials related to his service in the U.S. Civil War. Most of the collection is photographic in nature, though there is some handwritten correspondence, an address Dyer gave to the Sedalia, Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, and other manuscript items. Many of the items described in this inventory use terms and language representative of when the images and other items were created; this language may be reflected in the finding aid when copying directly from the items themselves.


  • Creation: 1884 - 1910


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Daniel B. Dyer

Daniel Dyer served in the Confederate Army under General Sterling Price during the U.S. Civil War. After the war he was involved with various U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Service agencies. He was the agent at the Quapaw Indian Agency from 1881-1884. He was a trader at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency in Darlington, Indian Territory (I.T., later Oklahoma), also serving as agent with that agency starting in 1884 when he took over from John B. Miles.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 oversize box, 1 volume, 2 folders)

Language of Materials


Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS P198

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH PH 4, RH PH 5, RH PH 5(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, J.E. Griffin, 1965; uncertain acquisition.

Separated Materials

Dyer, D.B. D.B. Dyer's private collection of Indian curiosities from different Indian tribes : exhibited at the World's Columbia Exposition 1893. Chicago: J.C. Benedict, 1893? Located at Spencer Research Library at RH B692.

Guide to the Daniel B. Dyer Collection
Daniel B. Dyer collection
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1972, 1973. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006; rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019; cmp, 2021; mwh, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Daniel B. Dyer collection, RH MS P21, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States