Kilpatrick Collection of Cherokee Manuscripts

The Kilpatrick collection of Cherokee manuscripts consists of material created and accumulated by Jack Kilpatrick and Anna Gritts Kilpatrick, dating from the 1890s to the 1960s. The material, entirely in the Cherokee syllabary, documents vernacular literacy in the Cherokee language, the practice of traditional medicine, social aspects of Christian religion and church organizations, dates and circumstances of death, funerary practices, and other topics relating to the history and culture of the Oklahoma Cherokee in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Medical formulae (also called prayers, incantations, conjurations, or sacred formulae) were collected from Cherokee practitioners by Jack Frederick and Anna Gritts Kilpatrick in the 1960s. Portions of these manuscripts have been published in English translation and/or transliterated Cherokee, and citations to published sources have been noted in the contents list.
Call Numbers
WA MSS S-2707
Creation Date
January 16, 2015


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