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James Clarence Godfroy collection

 Collection — Folder: S0519
Identifier: S0519

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of "The Battle of the Mississinewa Story" that was handed down by the Miami people and told to James Clarence Godfroy from Wabash County, Indiana on January 21, 1927.


  • 1927/01/21


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James Clarence Godfroy was born in Wabash County, Indiana on October 4, 1880. He was a member of the Miami nation and a descendant of Francis Godfroy, last war chief of the tribe. According to sources, he was considered the last chief of the Miami. His Miami name was Ka-pah-po-wah, which Godfroy translated as "Big Mountain" or "Looking Over a Mountain." He married Elizabeth March Clarke in January, 1919 in Miami County, Indiana. Godfroy died on October 6,1962.


Items in the collection. "James Clarence Godfroy." Indiana, Marriages Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed. April 19, 2013. "James Clarence Godfroy." U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Accessed. April 19, 2013.

"Last Miami Chief May Be in Oxford Saturday." Hamilton Daily New Journal, June 7, 1962: 32.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/04 by Erice Sgroi. EAD finding aid created 2013/04 by Erice Sgroi. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/21 by Brittany Kropf.
James Clarence Godfroy collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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