Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
George A. Custer Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: George A. Custer Collection,
Creator: Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876.
Inclusive dates: 1864, 2003, and undated
Extent: 4.5 cubic feet (in 6 box, 10 Oversized folders)
Abstract:
Collection documenting Custer, the 7th Cavalry, the Battle of the Little Bighorn and resulting National Park and Cemetery, Native Americans, Reno's court martial and reburial, monuments, memorials, Custer family member, Custer's horse, and related topics.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# many

Access Restrictions:

George A. Custer Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Some of the materials were published nd coyprighted in various serials or as books.

Preferred Citation:

George A. Custer Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized by size, then alphabetically and numerically.


History

Biography:

For information on General George A. Custer (1839-1876), the controversial army officer, and one-time American hero, who with his men died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, see an encyclopedia.

T. N. “Tal” Luther (dates unknown) of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, was a Custer collector and researcher. His collection of Custerania, considered one of the best, was purchased by the Clarke Historical Library for $55,000 over a three year period, beginning in 1977. Luther wrote at least two bibliographies of Custer materials, copies of which are in the Clarke. One of the books, Custer High Spots (1967), has drawings in it by Byron B. Wolfe. The original drawings, drawn by Wolfe for the book, are in this collection.

Lawrence A. Frost (May 1, 1907-August 14, 1990) was a podiatrist in Monroe, Michigan. He collected footware from various countries as a hobby. In 1942, one of Frost’s neighbors, Col. Brice C. W. Custer, Gen. George A. Custer’s closest living linear descendant, gave Frost Gen. Custer’s boots. This prompted a lifelong research and publishing interest in Custer, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and related topics in Frost. Frost eventually published at least sixteen books, thirteen of which document Custer-related topics.

Fred Dustin, noted Saginaw, Michigan, author and historian (October 12, 1865-May 15, 1957) authored nineteen books, six of which document Custer-related topics. Most importantly for Custer buffs, Dustin authored the first bibliography of literature on the Battle of the Little Big Horn, entitled (the) Custer Tragedy, 1939. Dustin’s book was critiqued by Luther in his book, Custer High Spots (1967). Dustin worked as a special agent for the University of Michigan (UM) making archaeological surveys and reports of Isle Royale. He also reported on prehistoric earthworks in Ogemaw County, Michigan, for Cranbrook Institute of Science. Many of his books document Michigan’s prehistory, archeology, and Native Americans, as well as Saginaw history. In 1955, Dustin received the UM Regents’ Citation of Honor for his outstanding work as a historian and archaeologist. (For further information on Dustin, please see the finding aid for his papers, which are also housed in the Clarke Historical Library.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The George A. Custer Collection covers a wide variety of material documenting Gen. George A. Custer, members of the 7th Cavalry, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn National Park and Cemetery, and Native Americans involved in the battle, in articles, clippings from newspaper and periodicals, maps, organizational materials, newsletters, photographs, postcards, drawings, broadsides, manuscripts, drafts of publications, song lyrics, and other materials that Frost, Kuhlman, Luther, and other Custer authors wrote, collected, researched, and discussed in their personal correspondence with each other.

The major Custer authors are well documented in this collection, including: Fred Dustin, Lawrence A. Frost, Tal Luther, and Charles Kuhlman. Biographies, obituaries (when available), and lists of their books from the CMU catalog have been included in their biographical folders to assist researchers.

There are so many interesting items in the Custer Collection, that it is hard to select a few for further discussion here to benefit researchers. It must be said that the collection covers every possible aspect of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and the roles of Custer and various Native Americans in it. Memorials, monuments, paintings, drawings, and plays about Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn are also documented. The materials in the collection varies from romantic, pro-Custer materials that are wholly to partially inaccurate, to book manuscripts and correspondence of authors offering a critical analysis of the actual facts as determined from personal observations of the battlefield and years of methodical research.

Some unique items of interest are a copy of the bill granting Mrs. Custer a pension, 1877 (from the Congressional Record); clippings on Custer Movies and TV Programs (for a laugh); articles about the artwork in the collection and the drawings and paintings (prints of) themselves; notes on and the Transcripts of the Reno Court of Inquiry, Stenographic Reports of Testimony (3 volumes in 3 folders); and various clippings and other materials regarding Custer’s horses, fellow officers and troopers, and Reno’s trial and eventual reburial. Manuscripts of books and the correspondence between Custer researchers and authors are also of interest to the serious Custer researcher.

An item of particular interest is the March 24, 1930 letter to Mr. Bruce from R.G. Custer, suggesting that Mr. Bruce not publish his “Comments” on the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Custer’s reason for this was that “Mrs. Custer is living-the same- Poor woman, she has suffered enough, “ It is obvious from this letter that serious Custer researchers knew by 1930, if not earlier, that the myths surrounding the Battle of the Little Big Horn were a joke. Yet, to avoid hurting Mrs. Custer feelings, and probably to avoid recriminations by the pro-Custer press and public, critical analysis of the battle and Custer’s role in it were, for the most part, suppressed until after Elizabeth Custer died in 1933.

Most of the Custer Collection in the Clarke Historical Library came from Tal Luther. His Custerania collection included: posters, drawings, prints, photographs, correspondence, notecards, the Kuhlman and Luther Papers, manuscripts and drafts of various publications by various authors, maps, periodicals, including oversized newspapers, and miscellaneous items. The vast majority of Custer-related books, now cataloged separately in the Clarke, also came from Luther.

Many of the newsletters and some periodicals in the Custer Collection were purchased separately by the Clarke on a subscription basis for a few years, after the bulk of the Luther collection had arrived.

Additional information on Custer related topics, not in this collection, may be found in the Clarke’s general vertical files and Lewis vertical files, and the postcards, photographs, and biographical portrait collections in the Clarke.

The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically. Abbreviations and incorrect spellings in article titles are faithfully represented in the box and folder listing. For example, Little Bighorn is sometimes spelled Little Big Horn.

Processing Notes: Due to the extreme physical deterioration of many of the periodicals and articles in this collection, as well as some of the draft manuscripts of books and other materials, many items have been photocopied and the originals withdrawn from the collection.

A small collection of Mrs. George A. (Elizabeth) Custer’s was donated to the Clarke as part of Luther’s collection. When it was accessioned in 1983, the Elizabeth Custer collection was separately cataloged.

Most of the published books and serials that were part of the collection have been cataloged separately.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--Monuments.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--Portraits.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--Legends.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--Drama.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--Poetry.
    • Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876--In art.
    • Custer, Elizabeth Bacon, 1842-1933.
    • Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898.
    • Reno, Marcus A. (Marcus Albert), 1835-1889.
    • Keogh, Myles Walter, 1840-1876.
    • Black Kettle, Cheyenne chief, d. 1868.
    • Gall, Dakota chief, ca. 1840-1894.
    • Custer family.
    • United States. Army. Cavalry, 7th.
    • United States. Army. Court of Inquiry (Reno : 1879)
    • Seventh U.S. Cavalry, Memorial Association.
    • Black Hills Expedition (1874)
    • Custer Monument (Monroe, Mich.)
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Biography.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Drama.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--History--Sources.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Historiography.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876, in art.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Personal narratives.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Pictorial works.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Poetry.
    • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Sources.
    • Soldiers--West (U.S.)--Biography.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Washita Campaign, 1868-1869.
    • Little Bighorn National Monument (Mont.)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Societies, etc.
    • Yellowstone River Valley--History.
    • Breihan, Carl W., 1915-
    • Boyd, Robert T. (Robert Thomas), 1945-
    • Carroll, John M.
    • Brigham, Earl K. (Earl Kaye)
    • Brininstool, E. A. (Earl Alonzo), 1870-1957.
    • Du Bois, Charles G., 1919-
    • Dustin, Fred, 1866-
    • Frost, Lawrence A.
    • Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954.
    • Hyde, George E., 1882-1968.
    • Kuhlman, Charles, 1872-1959.
    • Koury, Michael J.
    • Luther, Tal.
    • McAuliffe, Eugene, 1866-1959.
    • Monaghan, Jay, 1891-1980.
    • Osborn, Campbell.
    • Terry, Alfred Howe, 1827-1890.
    • Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association.
    • Monroe County Library System.
    • Little Big Horn Associates.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    George A. Custer Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Aplan, James O. Guns in the Black Hills Gold Rush, Gun Report, 1968
    Box   1 F   2
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Beitz, Ruth. Captain Grant Marsh, Iowan Magazine, Sp. 1968
    Box   1 F   3
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Bennett, Betty. Custer’s last stand was in tipi: Cheyenne woman killed Custer, Grain Producers News, May-June 1970
    Box   1 F   4
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Chatfield, Harry. Curley, Custer’s scout, American Library, Book No. 3, Winter 1964
    Box   1 F   5
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Collins, Whit. Custer few people known, Guns and Ammo, c. 1972, 1972
    Box   1 F   6
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Cooper, Ben. Day Gen. Custer went AWOL, Great West, True Stories of Old Frontier Days, v. 1, no. 2, September 1967
    Box   1 F   7
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Crazy Horse wasn’t so crazy, Shamrock, Summer 1967
    Box   1 F   8
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. Gen. Custer and the Indian chief; and Bates, Charles Francis. Red man and the Black Hills, The Outlook, an Illustrated Weekly of Current Life, July 27, 1927
    Box   1 F   9
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Custer’s “E” Company rides again, Friends, March 1959
    Box   1 F   10
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Custer’s horse-shoe [patent], Scientific American, 1864
    Box   1 F   11
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Custer’s last fight, Woman’s Home Companion, June 1903
    Box   1 F   12
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Dewell, S. G. Custer’s last fight, The National Guard Magazine, December 1909
    Box   1 F   13
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), El Comancho. Speaking of pioneers, Outdoor America, December 1926
    Box   1 F   14
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Evers, John C. Gun of Sitting Bull, The Beaver, Winter 1956
    Box   1 F   15
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Harris, Moses. Union cavalry, Journal of the U.S. Cavalry Assn., v. V, no. 16, March 1892
    Box   1 F   16
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Holbrook, Stewart H. Phonies of the Old West, American Mercury, Feb. 1939
    Box   1 F   17
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Horan, James D. “Photo by Brady,” Collier’s, 1955
    Box   1 F   18
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Hutchins, James S. 7th U.S. Cavalry, 1876, Military Collector and Historian, Wint. 1958
    Box   1 F   19
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Indian smoke signals, American Indian, 1928
    Box   1 F   20
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Mayer, D.A. General Custer once surprised Indian forces in Oklahoma, American Indian, Aug. 1928
    Box   1 F   21
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Mays, Carleton. Romping Custers, Real West, Feb. 1959
    Box   1 F   22
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), McAuliffe, Eugene. Building of a great memorial to Gen. Geo. A. Custer, 1955
    Box   1 F   23
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), McCarry, Charles. Did a woman die with Custer?, Cavalier, July 1955
    Box   1 F   24
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), McCormack, George R. Man who fought with Custer, National Republic, v. XXI, no. 11, March 1934
    Box   1 F   25
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), McTavish, Robert T. Custer’s last stand, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Memory of General Custer honored in ceremonies at Monroe, Mich., Great Guns, Oct. 1955
    Box   1 F   27
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Miles, Nelson A. Rounding up the redmen, Cosmopolitan. V. LI, no. 1-2, June-July 1911
    Box   1 F   28
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Montana slaughter, Harper’s Weekly, V. XX, no. 1021, July 1876 (reprint), 1876
    Box   1 F   29
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Nye, E.L. Cavalry horse, undated
    Box   1 F   30
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Phillips, Andrew. Very last charge of George A. Custer, Argosy, Nov. 1974
    Box   1 F   31
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Potter Ray. Lonely widows: both lived a half a century alone, Exchangite, March 1968
    Box   1 F   32
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Roberts, Don. Day that Custer fell, Omnis, No. 2, 1968
    Box   1 F   33
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Robinson, Doane. Lieut. Lyman S. Kidder and the tragedy of Beaver Creek, Monthly South Dakota, v. IV, no. 7, Nov. 1901
    Box   1 F   34
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Smoking the peace-pipe at Custer’s last stand, Literary Digest, v. 90, no. 2, July 10, 1960
    Box   1 F   35
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Steffen, Randy. Custer fight, Horse Lover’s Magazine. v. 32, no. 6, May-June 1967
    Box   1 F   36
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Stone, Melville E. Things seen V. Still digressing, Collier’s, v. 65, no. 16, May 15, 1920
    Box   1 F   37
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Swift, Henry, Mrs. True story of the “Custer massacre,” Journal Of American History, v. XX, no. 2, April-June 1926
    Box   1 F   38
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Talbot, James J. Custer’s last battle, Penn Monthly, v. 8, no. 93, [Sept. 1877]
    Box   1 F   39
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), That Custer massacre, All Western Magazine, v. 8, no. 22, Feb. 1934
    Box   1 F   40
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Thomas, W. Kent. Little Big Horn, Nickells, Dec. 1896
    Box   1 F   41
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Utley, Robert M. Custer’s crunch: 100 years after!, Buckskin Bulletin, v. 10, no. 4, Fall 1976
    Box   1 F   42
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Von Schmidt, Eric. Custer, dying again, at that last stand, is in a new painting, Smithsonian, v. 7, no. 3, June 1976
    Box   1 F   43
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Wallace, A. F. Gen. Crook’s fighting, Fur-Fish-Game: Harding’s Magazine, Oct. 1925
    Box   1 F   44
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Wheeler, Olin D. Among the Cheyenne, Smalley’s Magazine, Sept. 1903
    Box   1 F   45
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), White Bull, Chief Joseph. Battle of the Little Bighorn as told to Stanley Vestal, Blue Book Magazine, undated
    Box   1 F   46
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Willert, James. Custer’s horse, Crossed Spurs, Dec. 1964
    Box   1 F   47
    Articles, Individual Articles (mostly copies), Yarnall, Nelson. Good Indian, Recreation, Dec. 1896
    Box   1 F   48
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), American History Illustrated, 1966, 1971 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   49
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Big West, 1968-1969
    Box   1 F   50
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), (Los Angeles Westerners Corral) Branding Iron (2 articles), 1968-1969
    Box   1 F   51
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Cavalry Journal (folder 1 of 2), 1923, 1926-1927
    Box   1 F   52
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Cavalry Journal (folder 2 of 2), 1923, 1926-1927
    Box   1 F   53
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Chronicles of Oklahoma, 1921, 1959 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   54
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Denver Westerners Monthly Roundup, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967
    Box   1 F   55
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), English Westerners’ Brand Book, 1960, 1963, 1965-1968, 1970-1971
    Box   1 F   56
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Field Artillery Journal, 1936
    Box   1 F   57
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Frontier Times, 1927, 1961 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   58
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Journal of the West, 1967, 1972
    Box   1 F   59
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Military Affairs, 1946, 1959 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   60
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Minnesota Historical Society Collections, 1864, 1896
    Box   1 F   61
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Montana: Magazine of History, 1951-1953
    Box   1 F   62
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Montana: the Magazine of Western History, 1951, 1971 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   63
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly (4 articles), 1932
    Box   1 F   64
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Outdoor Life (folder 1 of 2), 1901, 1917-1918, 1927-1928, 1930, 1933
    Box   1 F   65
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Outdoor Life (folder 2 of 2), 1901, 1917-1918, 1927-1928, 1930, 1933
    Box   1 F   66
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Outlook, 1898
    Box   1 F   67
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Pacific Monthly, 1907-1908
    Box   1 F   68
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Real: the Exciting Magazine for Men, 1956, 1960 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   69
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Record (Fargo, N.D.), 1895, 1897
    Box   1 F   70
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Saga: True Adventures for Men, 1958, 1961 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   71
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Supplement to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1876
    Box   1 F   72
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), True Frontier, 1969
    Box   1 F   73
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), True West, 1957, 1968 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   74
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), True Western Adventure, 1959, 1961
    Box   1 F   75
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), West, 1964, 1966-1968
    Box   1 F   76
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Westerner, 1969
    Box   1 F   77
    Articles, Multiple Articles in the Same Periodical or in several issues (mostly copies), Wild West, 1969, 1971
    Box   1 F   78
    Bill granting Mrs. Custer a pension, in the Congressional Record, p. 5, 1877
    Box   1 F   79
    Biographical Information, Brief Biography of Major M.A. Reno, undated
    Box   1 F   80
    Biographical Information, Dustin, Fred (obituary and list of books in Clarke), 1957
    Box   1 F   81
    Biographical Information, Frost, Lawrence A. (and list of books in Clarke), 1976
    Box   1 F   82
    Biographical Information, Kuhlman, Charles (and list of books in Clarke), 1951
    Box   1 F   83
    Biographical Information, Luther, T.N. “Tal” (and list of books in Clarke), 1967, 1976
    Box   1 F   84
    Biographical Information, Wolfe, Byron B. (Artist), 2003
    Box   1 F   85
    Book Catalogs and Advertisements, 1881, undated
    Box   1 F   86
    Books, Frank, Patty. Die Indianerschlacht am Little Big Horn (in German), 1973
    Box   1 F   87
    Books, Excerpts (copies), Ellis, Edward S., A.M. History of our country, v. V, 1910
    Box   1 F   88
    Books, Excerpts (copies), Experience of Lt. Chas. Braden, U.S. A. on the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873, from the book Conquest of the Missouri, 1909
    Box   1 F   89
    Books, Excerpts (copies), Miller, Joaquin. Illustrated history of the State of Montana, v. II, 1894
    Box   1 F   90
    Broadsides, Congratulatory Order, from General Custer, April 9, 1865
    Box   1 F   91
    Broadsides, Custer Guide Show, by Alfred L. Chapman, undated
    Box   1 F   92
    Broadsides, Proclamation, State of Kansas, Exec. Office, Topeka, Sept. 14, 1868
    Box   1 F   93
    Cigarette Cards (10) of American Historical Figures, includes G. A. Custer, undated
    Box   1 F   94
    Clippings (mostly copies), Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876, 1898, 1968, undated
    Box   1 F   95
    Clippings (mostly copies), Black Cloud (G.A. Custer’s horse), 1893
    Box   1 F   96
    Clippings (mostly copies), Cartoons, 1967, undated
    Box   1 F   97
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Artifacts, 1955, undated
    Box   1 F   98
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Authors (includes some obituaries) and Books, 1925, 1976, undated
    Box   1 F   99
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Cartoons, undated
    Box   1 F   100
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer, George A., 1877, 1976
    Box   1 F   101
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Family Obituaries (his father's), 1892
    Box   1 F   102
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Monuments and Memorials, 1939, 1959, undated
    Box   1 F   103
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer Movies and TV Programs, 1941, 1971, undated
    Box   1 F   104
    Clippings (mostly copies), Custer;s Last Fight (Painting, 1949; Custer's Last Stand (Painting), 1915, 1949; 1915
    Box   1 F   105
    Clippings (mostly copies), Medal of Honor, 1994
    Box   1 F   106
    Clippings (mostly copies), Native Americans, 1867, 1958, undated
    Box   1 F   107
    Clippings (mostly copies), Obituaries of 7th Cavalry Members, Reunions, and Remains of Dead Found, 1932, 1971, undated
    Box   1 F   108
    Clippings (mostly copies), Other Battles, 1890, 1968
    Box   1 F   109
    Clippings (mostly copies), Reno’s Reburial, 1967
    Box   1 F   110
    Clippings (mostly copies), 7th Cavalry Music, Musicians, 1967, undated
    Box   1 F   111
    Clippings (mostly copies), Sgt. Harry M. Krusee’s Account, 1963
    Box   1 F   112
    Commanche (the Horse), Materials, 1934-1935
    Box   1 F   113
    Correspondence (unidentified authors), 1957, 1974
    Box   1 F   114
    Cover Page of Inspection News (Custer drawing), 1970
    Box   1 F   115
    Custer Battlefield Maps, 1967, undated
    Box   1 F   116
    Custer Exhibits, Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   117
    Custer Life Insurance Policy (N.Y. Life, copy), 1973
    Box   1 F   118
    Custer Monument, Materials, 1958
    Box   1 F   119
    General Court Martial Orders No. 93, Nov. 20, 1867
    Box   1 F   120
    Little Big Horn Associates, Materials, 1968, 1980, undated
    Box   1 F   121
    Manuscripts, Blackburn, Forrest R., ‘the 18th Kansas Cavalry and the Indian War’, undated
    Box   1 F   122
    Manuscripts, Boyd, Robert T., Correspondence from, Dec. 29, 1913
    Box   1 F   123
    Manuscripts, Breihan, Carl W., ‘Custer’s Folly’, undated
    Box   1 F   124
    Manuscripts, Brigham, Earl K., Correspondence to / from [Fred Dustin and E. S. Luce], 1948-1951
    Box   1 F   125
    Manuscripts, Brininstool, Earl A., Correspondence to / from, 1944, undated
    Box   1 F   126
    Manuscripts, “Buffalo Bill’s Adventures”, undated
    Box   1 F   127
    Manuscripts, Carroll, John [M.], Christmas card from, undated
    Box   1 F   128
    Manuscripts, Cummings, D.C., “Story of the Custer Battle’ (copy), undated
    Box   1 F   129
    Manuscripts, Custer, R. G., Correspondence to Mr. Bruce (copy, transcription), May 24, 1930
    Box   1 F   130
    Manuscripts, Custer’s Battlefield (Song Lyrics, copy), undated
    Box   1 F   131
    Manuscripts, “Custer’s Last Battle, June 25th, 1876” (copy), undated
    Box   1 F   132
    Manuscripts, DuBois, Charles G. Kick the Dead Lion: a Casebook of the Custer Battle, circa 1954
    Box   1 F   133
    Manuscripts, Dustin, Fred R., Correspondence to Robert Speelman, 1955-1960
    Box   1 F   134
    Manuscripts, Frost, Lawrence A., Correspondence to Tal Luther, Nov. 8, 1970
    Box   2 F   1
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #1-4, Abstract of Record of Reno Court Inquiry, 1921
    Box   2 F   2
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #5-8, 1921
    Box   2 F   3
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #9-12, 1921
    Box   2 F   4
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #13-16, 1921
    Box   2 F   5
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #17-20, 1921
    Box   2 F   6
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #21-24, 1921
    Box   2 F   7
    Manuscripts, Graham, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander], Notebooks, #25-27, 1921
    Box   2 F   8
    Manuscripts, Hyde, George [E.], Correspondence to / from, 1963-1964
    Box   2 F   9
    Manuscripts, King, Jno. H., “Findings of a Court of Inquiry in the Case of Major Marcus A. Reno”, 1878
    Box   2 F   10
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Book Advertisement, 1947; and list of Prospective Buyers, 1940, 1947; 1940
    Box   2 F   11
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Correspondence to / from Kuhlman re: Custer, Frank finkel, 1938-1957
    Box   2 F   12
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 3, undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 4, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 5 [no chapter 6 drafts], undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 7, undated
    Box   2 F   16
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 8, undated
    Box   2 F   17
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 9, with critique from E. A. Brininstool, 1947
    Box   2 F   18
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 10, undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Chapt. 10?- Custer Battle, undated
    Box   2 F   20
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Numbered Pages, 1-9, undated
    Box   2 F   21
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Numbered Pages, 10-19, undated
    Box   2 F   22
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Numbered Pages, 20-28, undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Numbered Pages, 41-55, undated
    Box   2 F   24
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Unnumbered Pages, undated
    Box   2 F   25
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, General Introduction, undated
    Box   2 F   26
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Custer - Forward, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Custer - Orientation, Summary, undated
    Box   2 F   28
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Custer Book, Drafts, Typed, Custer Notes, Hardwritten, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Frank finkel Story, and Notes, [1968]
    Box   2 F   30
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Legend into History: The Custer Mystery (Galley Proofs), 1951
    Box   2 F   31
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, “Organization and Strength Table of Gen. Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry, June 25, 1876” (1877, Stackpole), 1877
    Box   2 F   32
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, Publishing Contract, 1951
    Box   2 F   33
    Manuscripts, Kuhlman, Charles, “Reno’s Position in the Valley", undated
    Box   2 F   34
    Manuscripts, Liddie, Bruce R. “The Sandoz Charge, Custer’s Adultery” (copy), after 1968
    Box   2 F   35
    Manuscripts, Luther, Tal, Correspondence to, and Bibliography, 1970, 1972
    Box   2 F   36
    Manuscripts, Custer High Spots, (Repro. Proofs) with Intro. By Don Russell, circa 1972
    Box   2 F   37
    Manuscripts, Custer High Spots, (Typescript) and Correspondence, T. Luther to Michael Koury, Sept. 1, 1971
    Box   2 F   38
    Manuscripts, High Spots of Custer and Battle of the Little Big Horn Literature: and a Few Low Spots (Galley Proofs, published in Trail Guide), 1967
    Box   2 F   39
    Manuscripts, McAuliffe, Eugene, Correspondence to / from, Jan. 1947, Dec. 1955
    Box   2 F   40
    Manuscripts, McCreight, M. L., Correspondence to W. F. Kelleher, April 12, 1956
    Box   2 F   41
    Manuscripts, Mills, Geo. A. H., “Memorandum Respecting the Painting of Custer’s Last Fight,” by Paul W. Treadway, undated
    Box   2 F   42
    Manuscripts, Miscellaneous (mostly copies), undated
    Box   2 F   43
    Manuscripts, Monaghan, Jay, Correspondence from, June 17, 1962
    Box   2 F   44
    Manuscripts, Osborn, Campbell, Correspondence, Jan. 1, 1954
    Box   2 F   45
    Manuscripts, Permit to Trade Arms and Ammunition to Indians (copy), Sept. 23, 1875
    Box   2 F   46
    Manuscripts, Records of the Adj. Gen.’s Office. Transcript of Proceedings of Army Board of Correction of Military Records in the case of Marcus A. Reno, (bound, printed copy from NARA Microfilm), 1967
    Box   2 F   47
    Manuscripts, Remsburg, J. E., Correspondence to Gen. E. S. Godfrey, re: Charley Reynolds, with 20 related articles, and envelope, June 23, 1915
    Box   2 F   48
    Manuscripts, Reno Court of Inquiry Stenographic Reports of the Testimony… from the Chicago Times, volumes 1-2 of 3 (folder 1 of 2), Jan. 14-Feb. 12, 1879
    Box   2 F   49
    Manuscripts, Reno Court of Inquiry Stenographic Reports of the Testimony… from the Chicago Times, volumes 1-2 of 3 (folder 2 of 2), Jan. 14-Feb. 12, 1879
    Box   3 F   1
    Manuscripts, Reno Court of Inquiry Stenographic Reports of the Testimony… from the Chicago Times, volume 3 of 3 (folder 1 of 1), Jan. 14-Feb. 12, 1879
    Box   3 F   2
    Manuscripts, Reno’s Reburial, Correspondence and Related Materials, 1967
    Box   3 F   3
    Manuscripts, Second W.Va. Cavalry [with a citation from A Standing History of the Hanging Rock…, edited by E. B. Willard, 1916], undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Manuscripts, Terry, Brig. Gen. Alfred H., Cover Letter to Adj. Gen., U.S. Army (and transcript), May 8, 1877
    Box   3 F   5
    Manuscripts, Zimmerman, H. E., “Indian Friend of Gen. Custer’, undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Monroe County Historical Museum, Materials, 1980, undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Newsletters (all scattered issues), Corral Dust, Potomac Corral of the Westerners, 1956-1957, 1959-1960
    Box   3 F   7
    Newsletters (all scattered issues), English Westerners’ Tally Sheet, 1969
    Box   3 F   8
    Newsletters (all scattered issues), Montana Post, 1966-1968
    Box   3 F   9
    Newsletters (all scattered issues), Wi-iyohi, Monthly Bulletin of the S. Dakota Historical Society, 1852
    Box   3 F   9
    Pin and Ribbon, Custer Monument Unveiling, June 4, 1910
    Box   3 F   10
    Paintings, Booklet re: Painting “Custer’s Last Rally,” signed by Theodore Roosevelt, 1907
    Box   3 F   11
    Paintings, Custer’s Last Stand, by Gale Hoskins (copy), 1928
    Box   3 F   12
    Paintings, Painting of Custer on (unknown) book cover by H. Sculby (sp?), undated
    Box   3 F   13
    Photographs, Buildings, 1868
    Box   3 F   14
    Photographs, Custer, George A., Civil War, 1874, undated
    Box   3 F   15
    Photographs, Custer’s Charge on Black Kettle’s Indian Village, Nov. 26, 1868 (calendar), 1905
    Box   3 F   16
    Photographs, Little Big Horn Battlefield, Cemetery, Museum, and Maps, 1886 (copy), 1972, 1983, undated
    Box   3 F   17
    Photographs, Native Americans, 1882, 1899, undated
    Box   3 F   18
    Photographs, Other Cavalry Officers, undated
    Box   3 F   19
    Photographs, Portraits, Col. W.[illiam] A.[lexander] Graham, undated; Buffalo Bill Cody and Gen. Scott, 1914, undated; 1914
    Box   3 F   20
    Photographs, Reno’s Reburial, Press Conference, 1967
    Box   3 F   21
    Photographs, Statue, 1938; Guidon (Capt. Keogh’s Companies), 1950, 1938; 1950
    Box   3 F   22
    Placemat, undated
    Box   3 F   23
    Poems, Morehouse, George P. “Custer Elm,” Kansas Authors Club, Souvenir Poetical Year Book, 1930
    Box   3 F   24
    Postcards, Advertisement for “After the Battle,” Color prints, 1967
    Box   3 F   25
    Postcards, Custer, George A., 1967, undated
    Box   3 F   26
    Postcards, Custer’s Home in Monroe, undated; Mount Rushmore, 1960, undated; 1960
    Box   3 F   27
    Postcards, Little Big Horn Battlefield, Cemetery, and Museum, 1964, undated
    Box   3 F   28
    Postcards, Native Americans, undated
    Box   3 F   29
    Postcards, Other Cavalry Officers and Commanche (the Horse), undated
    Box   3 F   30
    Postcards, Set re: Battle and Burials at Little Big Horn (copies), 1877
    Box   3 F   30
    Prints, 1876-the Custer Fight, by C. M. Russell, undated
    Box   3 F   31
    Prints, Untitled Prints (2) Signed “to the Luthers, by Lorence F. Bjoklund, 1973”, 1973
    Box   3 F   32
    Programs, Monroe Repertory Theatre and Ida Area Village Players,“Yellowhair”, circa 1977
    Box   3 F   33
    Receipt for Books (Donated to the Clarke), 1921
    Box   3 F   34
    Reports, Kansas State Historical Society. 26th Biennial Report of the Bd. of Directors, includes the Treaty at Medicine Lodge, 1867, 1926-1928
    Box   3 F   35
    Reprints, “Custar (sic) Killed!”, Union-Extra, July 6, reprinted in 1953, 1953
    Box   3 F   36
    Ribbon, Custer Post No. 7, G.A.R., St. Joseph, Mo (in 3 pieces), 1906
    Box   3 F   37
    Stereographs-Custer Burial Ground, undated; 82nd Cavalry Quarters, Ft. Lincoln, undated
    Box   3 F   38
    Sticker (of Indian with “Custer died for our sins”), undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Articles (copies), “Custer fight.” Ladies Home Companion, July 1895
    Box   4 F   2
    Articles (copies), Army and Navy Journal, 1864, 1866, 1876, 1879-1880, 1916, 1920
    Box   4 F   3
    Articles (copies), Frank Leslie’s Illustrirte Beitong (Illustrated Newspaper, in German), 1876
    Box   4 F   4
    Book Advertisement, Heroes of the Plains, by J.W. Buel, undated [1881]
    Box   4 F   5
    Clippings (copies), Andy Palmer’s Great Guns, v. 1, no. 9, Dec. 1952
    Box   4 F   6
    Clippings (copies), Black Hills Pioneer (copy of a reprint), 1876
    Box   4 F   7
    Clippings (copies), “Custer Battlefield Highway Section”, Sheridan Enterprise (Wyo.), v. XII, no. 29, Nov. 8, 1919
    Box   4 F   8
    Clippings (copies), “Custer Statue Rededication in Monroe (Mich.)”, 1955
    Box   4 F   9
    Clippings (copies), “Custer story as told by the Billings Gazette” (Mont.), May 7, 1961
    Box   4 F   10
    Clippings (copies), “Custer Trail”, 1941
    Box   4 F   11
    Clippings (copies), “7th Cavalry’s ghostly cries echo over 100 years,” by James J. Fisher, Kansas City Times (Kan.), Jan. 24, 1976
    Box   4 F   12
    Clippings (copies), Custer, various articles, in Billings Gazette (Mont.), 1951-1952, 1954, 1956
    Box   4 F   13
    Clippings (copies), Custer, various articles, in Bismark Tribune (S.D.), Jubilee Edition, 1939
    Box   4 F   14
    Clippings (copies), Daily Ohio State Journal, July 7, 1876
    Box   4 F   15
    Clippings (copies), Illinois Journal, v. XXI, Dec. 3, 1868
    Box   4 F   16
    Clippings (copies), Leavenworth Weekly Times (Kan.), Aug. 18, 1881
    Box   4 F   17
    Clippings (copies), New Britain Record, Sept. 1, 1876
    Box   4 F   18
    Clippings (copies), New-York Semi-Weekly Tribune, June 26, 30, 1874
    Box   4 F   19
    Clippings (copies), Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 1876
    Box   4 F   20
    Clippings (copies), Rochester Union Spy (Ind.), V. VII, no. 17, Sept. 3, 1874
    Box   4 F   21
    Clippings (copies), Tiffin Tribune (Ohio), Aug. 3, 1876
    Box   4 F   22
    Clippings (copies), Winners of the West, 1928, 1932-1933, 1935
    Box   4 F   23
    Drawing, Nick Eggenhoffer’s “To the Last Man, June 25, 1876”, 1956
    Box   4 F   24
    Plate, Hays (Kan.) Blue and white plate, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    T.N. “Tal” Luther’s 4x6 inch Notecards on Custer Research, 7th Cav.[alry], Misc.[ellaneous] Y (Yellowstone), Yellowstone, 1866-1872, 1873, 19874-1875, 1876, 1877, 1878-1899, 7th Cav.[alry], 7th-1866-1867, 7th-1868-1869, 7th-1879-18711, 7th-1872-1873, 7th-1874-1877, 7th-1878-1879, 7th-1880-1883, 7th-1888-1889, Mills X, 2nd Cav.[alry] and 5th, LBH Sitting Bull Sioux Infantry 5th-7th, 17th-18th, Agencies / Reservations, Books, Indian Depredations, Army Misc.[ellaneous], undated
    Box   6 F   1
    T.N. “Tal” Luther’s 4x6 inch Notecards on Custer Research,1840-1850, Cattle, Y’[ellow]stone, 1866-1882, 1888-1889, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Periodical, National Art Magazine [covers detached], Series 1, No. 2, March 19, 1894
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #2, Drawings, “Custer’s Last Fight” (reprint of Cassily Adam’s painting of 1886, courtesy of Pioneer Historical Society, undated) [black and white], 1886; Fitzjames, Derek. “A Corporal in Campaign Dress, 7th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry, 1969” [in color], 1969; Wolfe, Byron B. [all black and white original drawings]: “The Burning of the Lone Warrior Tepee,” 1971; “Reno’s Retreat Across the Little Big Horn,” 1971; “Sioux Scouts on Rosebud Creek,” 1971; Oversized Photograph, Curley, Lone Survivor, Custer Battle, No. 48, c. 1900 by F.A. Rinehart, Omaha [Neb.], 1900, 1886; 1969; 1971; 1900
    F   3  
    Oversized Folder #3, Broadsides, [Cleveland] Plain Dealer ---“Extra Custer’s Reply to the Atrocious Attempts of the Corrupt or Insane Radical Press to Pervert his Testimony, and etc.”, Aug. 20, 1876; “First Account of the Custer Massacre”, Tribune Extra, Bismark, D.T. [Dakota Territory] (reprint), July 6, 1876, 1876
    F   4  
    Oversized Folder #4, Oversized Drawing, “Exclusively for the Red Man’s West” No. 41 of 199 by Wolf [brown and white], 1966
    F   5  
    Oversized Folder #5, Oversized Paintings (prints of), “Custer’s Last Stand,” by H. Charles McBarron [in color], undated
    F   6  
    Oversized Folder #5, Oversized Paintings (prints of), “Where Heroes Gather” by Ernest Lisle Reedstrom (signed by painter, No. 27 of 250 copies), and two related advertisements [in color], 1972
    F   7  
    Oversized Folder #7, Oversized Paintings (prints of), Untitled Custer Massacre painting, by unidentified artist [in color], undated
    F   8  
    Oversized Folder #8, Posters, “I Want You for the U.S. Cavalry, Join me and the Illustrious 7th. Help Put Down Militant Sioux, G.A. Custer,” Old Army Press (2 copies in color) c. 1974, 1974
    F   9  
    Oversized Folder #9, Posters, “Sighting the Enemy, Equestrian Statue of Gen. George A. Custer, Monroe, MI, Sculptor: Edward Potter. Dedicated [on] June 1910, Monroe County Library System. In Honor of the 5th Annual Conference, Little Big Horn Associates, Monroe, MI, c. July 14-16, 1978”, 1978
    F   10  
    Oversized Folder #10, Articles, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (N.Y.), v XVII, no. 442 (very acidic), March 19, 1864; “Redmen and White Honor Custer’s Memory: Fiftieth Anniversary of Famous Battle to be Celebrated This Week on [the] Little Big Horn,” in New York Times, June 1926, 1864, 1926