The Resource Nathan C. Meeker papers, (manuscript)

Nathan C. Meeker papers, (manuscript)

Label
Nathan C. Meeker papers, 1843-1951
Title
Nathan C. Meeker papers
Inclusive dates
1843-1951
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The collection contains correspondence and personal papers related to the Meeker family and Nathan Meeker's establishment and running of the Union Colony of Colorado (1847-1922). Of special interest is the correspondence received by Meeker from Horace Greeley (1850-1872) concerning the financial and administrative operations of the colony. Microfilm reels contain additional papers found at the Greeley Municipal Museum, Greeley, Colo. including Meeker family correspondence (1843-1897) and the Union Colony of Colorado land records, correspondence, court records, scrapbooks and news clippings (1870-1951)
  • Collection also available on microfilm: Mflm 58 reel contains 275 documents: correspondence of Nathan Meeker, Arvilla Meeker and Ralph Meeker is arranged into six groups. A seventh group includes original letters as well as excerpts, notes and transcriptions from letters written by early Union Colonists, in which they describe their experiences. The seven groups are identified by header sheets on the microfilm reel (Greeley Municipal Museum, Greeley, Colorado). Mflm 144 reel includes Union Colony of Colorado land sales records, Weld County, Colorado and Union Colony of Colorado court records and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and memorabilia relating to the Union Colony of Colorado and to Weld County (Greeley Municipal Museum, Greeley, Colorado). Mflm 186 reels contain Meeker family correspondence, Union Colony of Colorado records, personal papers (Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library)
Member of
Biographical or historical data
Colorado pioneer, Nathan Cook Meeker was born in Ohio in 1817. He worked as a newspaperman, traveling salesman and teacher throughout the United States. Meeker was selected by Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, to found the agricultural community known as the Union Colony of Colorado at present day Greeley, Colo. Greeley provided major funding for the colony. Based on utopian and religious ideals, the organization was established in 1869 with approximately 700 colonists and was known for its organization and extensive use of agriculture. The colony, which was a private enterprise, was not a financial success. When Greeley died in 1872, Meeker found himself deeply in debt to Greeley's heirs. In 1878, Meeker was appointed as Indian Agent to the White River Ute Indian Agency in Western Colo. His wife, Arvilla managed the agency store and their daughter, Josephine, became the agency's schoolteacher. Unfortunately, Meeker encountered difficulties working with the Ute Indian Tribe. His call for Army troops in September 1879 triggered an uprising in which Meeker and 10 other agency employees were murdered in what has become known as the "Meeker Masacre." The town of Meeker, Colo. is named in his honor. His name is also found on Mount Meeker, a shorter neighbor to the more famous James Peak, the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Cataloging source
DPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1817-1879
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meeker, N. C.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Meeker, Nathan Cook
  • Meeker, Arvilla Delight Smith
  • Meeker, Ralph
  • Meeker family
  • Greeley, Horace
  • Union Colony of Colorado
  • Planned communities
  • Collective settlements
  • Greeley (Colo.)
  • Weld County (Colo.)
Label
Nathan C. Meeker papers, (manuscript)
Link
http://eadsrv.denverlibrary.org/sdx/pl/toc.xsp?id=WH1680&qid=sdx%5Fq5&fmt=tab&idtoc=WH1680-pleadetoc&base=fa&n=14&ss=true&as=true&ai=Advanced
Instantiates
Note
  • Collection incorporates former collection -M1634
  • Collection contains microfilm (Mflm 58; Mflm 144; Mflm 186)
  • Microfilm reel 2 for Mflm 186 also contains: Three years in the West (-M1950; Mflm187; RL1) and William Russell Thomas papers (-M777; Mflm188; RL1)
Extent
.5 linear ft. (1 box), 1 oversize box, 4 microfilm reels
Governing access note
Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo
Immediate source of acquisition
Various sources.
Organization method
Organized into 5 series: 1. Meeker family correspondence 1850-1922 (box 1). 2. Union Colony of Colorado records 1870-1877 (box 1). 3. Personal papers 1847-1869 (box 1). 4. Oversize 1869-1872 (oversize box 1). 5. Microfilm 1843-1951 (MFLM58, reel 1, MFLM144, reel 1)
System control number
  • OCM13656378
  • (OCoLC)13656378
Label
Nathan C. Meeker papers, (manuscript)
Link
http://eadsrv.denverlibrary.org/sdx/pl/toc.xsp?id=WH1680&qid=sdx%5Fq5&fmt=tab&idtoc=WH1680-pleadetoc&base=fa&n=14&ss=true&as=true&ai=Advanced
Note
  • Collection incorporates former collection -M1634
  • Collection contains microfilm (Mflm 58; Mflm 144; Mflm 186)
  • Microfilm reel 2 for Mflm 186 also contains: Three years in the West (-M1950; Mflm187; RL1) and William Russell Thomas papers (-M777; Mflm188; RL1)
Extent
.5 linear ft. (1 box), 1 oversize box, 4 microfilm reels
Governing access note
Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo
Immediate source of acquisition
Various sources.
Organization method
Organized into 5 series: 1. Meeker family correspondence 1850-1922 (box 1). 2. Union Colony of Colorado records 1870-1877 (box 1). 3. Personal papers 1847-1869 (box 1). 4. Oversize 1869-1872 (oversize box 1). 5. Microfilm 1843-1951 (MFLM58, reel 1, MFLM144, reel 1)
System control number
  • OCM13656378
  • (OCoLC)13656378

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