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Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: H-173

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a total of fourteen letters and envelopes, four postcards, and one shopping list/invoice. All but one letter is written in Cherokee, and it is not clear who is the author of the letters. Nearly all are addressed to David Hendricks of Claremore, Indian Territory, and postmarked or dated between 1899 and 1901. Letters have not been transcribed from Cherokee into English. A Cherokee Bible accompanied the collection as well.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1901


Conditions Governing Access

The Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry Collection has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry Collection is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

Research was conducted concerning one of the names mentioned in the collection and a brief biography of Richard Wilkerson is included below. Any further information is appreciated.

Richard Wilkerson Richard Wilkerson, a full-blooded Cherokee, was born in the Choctaw Nation on August 26, 1866. He was the son of Thomas and Lizzie (Tenewey or Foster, the former the Indian name) Wilkerson. Thomas had left his family in the Choctaw Nation to join the South during the Civil War, and returned at the end of the war. Thomas died when Richard was only six months old, and Lizzie died in 1885.

Wilkerson was raised in the Canadian District of the Cherokee Nation. He entered the Male Seminary in Tahlequah which was a national school conducted by the Cherokee Nation. Within three years Richard was well-versed in the English language. He learned to farm and stayed in the Canadian District until he was twenty-four. He moved to the Cherokee Strip before 1893, and when the area opened he was the owner of eighty acres of land. By 1895, he was living outside of Dewey, owning 450 acres and several oil wells on his property.

Wilkerson was a well-known farmer, democrat, and member of the Baptist Church at Sugar Mound. He was affiliated with Bartlesville Lodge, A.H.T.A., and was a Master Mason. He married Anna Hendricks in March 1891. She was the daughter of David and Martha (Manning) Hendricks of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, both full-blooded Cherokee.

It is believed that the letters in this collection are written by Richard Wilkerson to his father-in-law David Hendricks.

Source: Thoburn, Joseph B. A Standard History of Oklahoma: An Authentic Narrative of its Development from the Date of the First European Exploration down to the Present Time, including Accounts of the Indian Tribes, both Civilized and Wild, of the Cattle Range, of the Land Openings and the Achievements of the most Recent Period, Volume V. The American Historical Society, Chicago & New York, 1916.


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Language of Materials



The Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry Collection consists of correspondence written in Cherokee from various locations in the Oklahoma Indian Territory to Claremore. Nearly all letters are addressed to Dave Hendricks and postmarked between 1899-1901. It is possible most of the letters are written by Richard Wilkerson, a son-in-law to David Hendricks.

Processing Information

The collection was acquired 1969 through a gift from Mrs. W.L. Pember whose mother, Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry, discovered the letters and bible in an attic. The collection was accessioned on April 4, 1980. Individuals interested in translating the letters from Cherokee to English are welcome to contact the archivist/librarian to discuss options.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73111 United States