Mark A. Chapman collection, 1834-1942

Overview of the Collection

Chapman, Mark A.
Mark A. Chapman collection
1834-1942 (inclusive)
1.00 cubic ft. (1 slim document box + F24 flat box)
Collection Number
Materials relating to the history of Cheyenne and the State of Wyoming collected by the chairman of the organizational meeting of the Cheyenne branch of the Wyoming State Historical Society.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Chapman family were long time residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Albert Chapman was a prominent banker, realtor, and businessman of the city. His son, Mark A. Chapman, was chairman during the organizational meeting of the Cheyenne branch of the Wyoming State Historical Society (September 26, 1923). Throughout his life Mark Chapman collected documents and information relating to the history of Cheyenne and the State of Wyoming.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence (often in code) between the governor’s office and Senator Joseph M. Carey’s office regarding the aftermath of the Johnson County War; correspondence and photographs regarding Camp Carlin, located near Cheyenne; correspondence and a manuscript from William Murphy about his experiences during the Indian war of the late 1860s around Fort Phil Kearney; and photographs, printed material, and miscellaneous items relating especially to Cheyenne and the area around the city. Also included are four letters from Union soldiers Charles Cochran and Eli Garwood written to their families during the Civil War.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Mark A. Chapman collection, 1834-1942, Collection Number 00003, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections collected by Mark A. Chapman at the date of processing.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D.C. Thompson in August 2002.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Boulter, Collingwood
Letter from Albert Chapman requesting pardon for
1 2 Camp Carlin
Correspondence of Russell L. Tracy
1 3 Camp Carlin
Photographs (copy prints of 1867-1885 images)
1 4 Chapman, William W.
Letter regarding
1 5 Cheyenne – Land Records
Notes on early land office entries
1 6 Cheyenne – Land Records
Original survey of 1870 (copies)
1 7 Cheyenne – Land Records
Tax deed of Charles Hecht
1 8 Cheyenne – Pamphlets
Cheyenne, the Magic City; The Cheyenne of To-day; Cheyenne Trade Review
1890, 1910
1 9 Cheyenne – Photographs
Buildings and general views: Red Barn (Hook & Moore); Central School; Opera House; Whitehead Block; livery stable; flood of 1896; snow of 1920; business district 1891
1896-1920, undated
1 10 Cheyenne – Photographs
Businesses, etc.: interior with Albert Chapman; Wyoming Motor Cycle Club; interior of motorcycle shop
circa 1900-1911
1 11 Cheyenne – Photographs
Early residents: M.P. Keefe; groups on capitol steps
1 12 Cheyenne – Photographs
Military: Torrey Cavalry; departure of light artillery for Philippines; Boys’ Brigade (?)
1898, undated
1 13 Cheyenne – Social History
Programs for art shows, concerts, statehood celebration; roster of Boys’ Brigade; miscellaneous
1 14 Civil War – Charles Cochran Letters
Fort Holt (Kentucky); Fort Henry (Tennessee)
October 1861-February 1862
1 15 Civil War – Eli Garwood Letter
Hospital Steward, Frederick (Maryland)
January 2, 1861
1 16 Fort Phil Kearney
Correspondence of William Murphy
1 17 Fort Phil Kearney
Manuscript of William Murphy, “The Forgotten Battalion”
1 18 Johnson County War
Correspondence between Governor’s office and Sen. Carey (photocopies in box, originals in safe)
May 30-June 22, 1892
1 19 Johnson County War
Photograph of Frank Walcott
1 20 Lincoln, Abraham
Photostat of letter of April 6, 1860
1 21 Newspaper Clippings 1928, undated
1 22 Political Literature
Regarding Francis E. Warren; Joseph M Carey; John E. Osborne; John Benson; J.C. Argesheimer
1892, undated
1 23 Railroads – Photographs
Cheyenne & Northern tracks in Platte Canyon (1898); Union Pacific construction officials at headquarters in Laramie in 1867-1868 (copy print)
1898, undated
1 24 Wyoming State Historical Society – Cheyenne Branch
List of old timers; constitution; minutes of organizational meeting; miscellaneous
2 1 Cheyenne – Registered Voter Lists October 1910
2 2 Civil War – Newspaper
The Rebel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
August 9, 1862
2 3 Cody, William F.
Printed broadside of reminiscences of Alfred Heimer
2 4 Land Patents
Bartholomew Bridges, Indianapolis, Indiana; Isaac E. Browne, Boonville, Missouri; heirs of William Young, Springfield, Illinois; Zion Smith, assigned to John R. Guthrie, Lecompton, Kansas
1834, 1859, 1860-1876
2 Political Literature
Laramie County Democratic Ticket, printed on cloth

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Fetterman Fight, Wyo., 1866.
  • Johnson County War, 1892.

Personal Names

  • Carey, Joseph M. (Joseph Maull), 1845-1924.
  • Kirk, Louis.
  • Murphy, William.

Geographical Names

  • Fort David A. Russell (Wyo.)
  • Fort Phil Kearny (Wyo.)--History.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Wyoming--Genealogy.
  • Wyoming--History--1890-1918.
  • Wyoming--History--To 1889.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Deeds.
  • Photographs.