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Fort Wayne collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3053

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters related to the struggle between white settlers and Native Americans over the land known as the Northwest Territory and, eventually, the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Items in this collection are copies of materials found at the Chicago Historical Society. Correspondents include J. Whistler, Abimael Nicoll, Thomas Cushing, James Rhea, John Whipple, Jacob Kingsbury, and Nathan Heald. Also included are inventories of men and equipment taken by James Rhea.


  • 1804-1811, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Historical Note

"Indians in the north and south were involved in the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. In the Old Northwest, Tecumseh, a Shawnee leader, and his brother Tenskwatawa (c. 1768-1837), known as the Prophet, urged the Indians to return to past traditions and to repudiate the white-imposed concept that individual factions or tribes could sell the land that was a common heritage of all Indians. William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory, who had been warned by Tecumseh in 1810 not to allow white settlement to proceed further, moved in 1811 to break up the Indian settlement at Prophet's Town, Tecumseh's headquarters. In the Battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison suffered heavy casualties, but forced the Shawnee to abandon the village."


"The War of 1812." Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia. Accessed February 24, 2005. EBSCOhost.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Chicago Historical Society.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2005/02 by Jennifer Duplaga. Collection re-processed and EAD finding aid created 2021/08/26 by Lauren Patton.
Fort Wayne collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.