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Ellison, Robert Spurrier


biographical statement

UPB files, accessed March 10, 2014 (Robert Spurrier Ellison (1875-1945) was a prominent Colorado lawyer, businessman, politician, historian, and author).

Denver Library, via WWW, March 27, 2014 (Robert Spurrier Ellison (1875-1945) was born in Rushville, Indiana; graduated from Indiana University in 1900;n studied law; the Colorado bar in 1903 and specialized in mining litigation with the Colorado Springs law firm Schuyler and Schuyler; married Vida F. Gregory of Colorado Springs in 1907; In 1911, Ellison was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives; moved to Denver in 1915, and to Casper, Wyoming in 1919; while in Wyoming, Ellison became vice-president of the Midwest Refining Company; helped to found Wyoming's Historical Landmark Commission and served as regional director of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association; compiled and financed a history of the Pawnee nation, for which the Pawnee Supreme Council named him a tribal chief; in 1930, Standard Oil of Indiana bought the Midwest Refining Company and transferred Ellison to Tulsa, Oklahoma; returned to Colorado Springs following his retirement in1940, where he was elected president of the Bank of Manitou, mayor of Manitou Springs and director of the Boy Scouts of the Pikes Peak Region; wrote several books on the American West, and was considered Colorado's greatest book collector; his Western Americana collection was once said to be the second largest in the United States;died at his home in Manitou Springs August 16, 1945. ).(

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical, date of production not identified

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 3; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197231207520], Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 782 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Bigraphical material dealing with Robert S. Ellison.

Dates: date of production not identified

W. C. Brown papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231062875]
Identifier: MSS 1474
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts with some photocopies. The collection includes correspondence, articles and notes pertaining to Western American history, emphasizing the Indian wars. Also includes a copy of A Guide to the William Carey Brown Papers found at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dates: 1921-1938

Collection of William A. Carter materials, 1857-1925

Identifier: MSS SC 490 Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Series comprised of letters, news clippings, legal documents, a map, and diaries which give insight into William A. Carter, and Fort Bridger activities between 1857 and 1925.

Dates: Other: 1857-1925

Robert Spurrier Ellison papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 568
Scope and Contents

Microfilmed copies of handwritten and typescripts of interview notes, correspondence, general notes, and lists. The materials relate primarily to the Indian wars of North America from 1866 to 1895. The original materials reside in the Ellison--Camp collection at the Denver Public Library. The items were initialy created and collected by Walter Mason Camp with some materials generated by Robert Ellison. Also included are typescripts of some of the items.

Dates: 1865-1925

Robert Spurrier Ellison papers

Identifier: MSS 782
Scope and Contents

Materials include correspondence, genealogical notes, diaries, business records, drafts of writings, speeches, and collected research and reference materials including manuscripts, letters, legal documents, maps, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The materials pertain primarily to the history and settlement of the American West, the American Indian Wars and American Indian culture, and the preservation of western historical landmarks. Dated 1833 to 1951.

Dates: 1833-1951

Robert Ellison Western photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 115
Scope and Contents Collection includes two hundred and thirty photographs, including oversize images, one tintype, and a Brady photograph, with images of the oil industry and oil fields, landscapes of the West, G. A. Custer, and Ellison family and friends; stereographs of Indian wars, Wyoming; various western personalities and places; and postcards. Also includes four photographs and a postcard of Edward Copely and family. Also a picture of the printing shop at the "Old Nez Pierce Mission", and a postcard of...
Dates: approximately 1880-1949

Genealogical, 1917-1928

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197231207520], Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 782 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Geneological material dealing with Robert S. Ellison.

Dates: 1917-1928

Charles Kuhlman collection on the Battle of the Little Big Horn

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1401
Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence with Custer historians (indexed), writings concerning the battle, research and reference files (indexed), maps and photographs of the battle site, biographical material on Kuhlman, memorabilia, and other papers. Correspondents include Earl Alonzo Brininstool, Fred Dustin, Robert Spurrier Ellison, W. A. Falconer, Edward Smith Luce, and Elwood L. Nye.

Dates: 1933-1959

Oversize, 1850-1935

Identifier: MSS 782 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contents include a collection of Robert S. Ellison's maps, mostly dealing with historical landmarks and famous old west battles. Materials dated 1850 to 1935.

Dates: 1850-1935

Photograph of William Henry Jackson, RS Ellison, President Stanolind Pipeline Co., and former resident of Casper, WY, C. W. Butler, VP of S. P. Co., 1942

 Item — Box 8: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233621934], Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 1608 Series 2 Item 880
Scope and Contents note

Photograph printed in the Casper Tribune Herald August 1942. 1942. American Pioneer Trails Assn. Convention, as stated on a memo with the photograph.

Dates: Other: 1942

Additional filters:

Archival Object 12
Collection 5
Digital Record 2
Historians -- Colorado -- Correspondence 9
Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1866-1895 8
Latter Day Saints -- West (U.S.) -- History 8
West (U.S.) -- History 8
Photographs 7
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Letters 6
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 4
Gelatin silver prints 4
Articles 3
Maps 3
Material Types 3
Military 3
Politics, Government, and Law 3
Correspondence 2
Fort Bridger (Wyo.) -- History 2
Legal instruments 2
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876 2
Portraits 2
Soldiers -- United States -- Photographs 2
Wyoming 2
Adobe Walls, Battle of, Tex., 1874 1
Agricultural exhibitions -- Wyoming 1
Biographies 1
California 1
Certificates 1
Chelly, Canyon de (Ariz.) 1
Cheyenne Indians 1
Cheyenne Indians -- History 1
Colorado 1
Dakota Indians -- History 1
Diaries 1
Dull Knife Battle, Wyo., 1876 1
Family histories 1
Fort Fetterman (Wyo.) -- History 1
Fort Laramie (Wyo. : Fort) 1
Fort Reno (Wyo.) 1
Gros Ventre Slide Geological Area (Wyo.) 1
Historians 1
Historians -- Correspondence 1
Histories (Literary works) 1
Idaho 1
Images 1
Independence Rock (Wyo.) 1
Indians of North America -- Wars 1
Journalists 1
Legend into history 1
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Mont.) 1
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Mont.) -- Maps 1
Manitou Springs (Colo.) 1
Mexico 1
Montana 1
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 1
New Mexico 1
Nez Percé Indians -- History 1
Notes 1
Oil industries 1
Pawnee Indians -- History 1
Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- History 1
Postcards 1
Reports 1
Research 1
Research (Documents) 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) 1
Shaanxi Sheng (China) 1
South Dakota 1
Territorial Government 1
Teton Range (Wyo. and Idaho) 1
Texas 1
United States -- History -- 1865-1898 1
Utah 1
Virginia City (Mont.) 1
Washita Campaign, 1868-1869 1
West (U.S.) 1
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860 1
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890 1
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1890-1945 1
Yellowstone National Park 1
Zuni Indian Reservation (N.M.) 1
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