Charles H. Barstow Letter to Rogers L. Barstow, March 20, 1888

Overview of the Collection

Barstow, C. H. (Charles H.), d. 1908
Charles H. Barstow Letter to Rogers L. Barstow
March 20, 1888
2 items
Collection Number
Collection 2540, MtBC, us (collection)
The Charles H. Barstow letter to Rogers L. Barstow is a dictated letter from Barstow to his brother, Rogers L. Barstow of Boston, Massachusetts, sent from Crow Agency, Montana on March 20, 1888. The letter discusses Barstow’s health, thanks for a personal loan, and concern over other correspondence.
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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles H. Barstow was born in Massachusetts sometime around 1850 and came west after his father died. He first traveled to Wichita, Kansas, but relocated to Montana after the summer of 1876. He became the chief clerk for the government agent at the Crow Indian reservation around 1878 and held the position for twenty years. Barstow became an active collector of Crow artifacts and is credited with encouraging members of the tribe to create "ledger art" drawings to preserve their history and culture. He was married to Susan Elizabeth Chandler, and the couple had at least one daughter, Elizabeth. Barstow died in Billings, Montana in February, 1908.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Dictated letter from Barstow to his brother, Rogers L. Barstow of Boston, Massachusetts, sent from Crow Agency, Montana on March 20, 1888. Charles Barstow was apparently ill and bedridden when he asked his daughter Elizabeth to write out his acknowledgment of receipt and thanks for a personal loan of 450 dollars from his brother. Barstow refers to other letters that explain in more detail what he needed the money for, and his fear that the letters had been lost. Elizabeth adds a postscript describing her father's condition and worries that "Eliza's" letters have also gone astray. A stamped addressed envelope is included.

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Acquisition Information

Original letter by Charles H. Barstow was purchased by Special Collections from Tom Mulvaney, East Helena, Montana, through an online auction on November 6, 2010.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2010 November 9

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Barstow, C. H. (Charles H.), -1908
  • Barstow, C. H. (Charles H.), -1908 -- Correspondence

Family Names

  • Barstow family
  • Barstow family -- Correspondence

Geographical Names

  • Crow Agency (Mont.)
  • Montana -- Crow Agency

Form or Genre Terms

  • Records and correspondence