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William Elsey Connelly research papers on Wild Bill Hickok

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1200

Scope and Contents

Materials include a number of correspondence and newspaper clippings related to William Connelley's research regarding Wild Bill Hickok. Dated from 1925-1927.


  • 1925-1927


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Elsey Connelley Wild Bill Hickok research papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Elsey Connelley (1855-1930) was an author, editor, and historian known for his works on Wild Bill Hickok, Kansas, and Plains Indian tribes. William Elsey Connelley was born in 1855 to Constatine and Rebecca J. Connelley. He worked as an author and editor in Kansas.

William Elsey Connelley was born in Johnson County, Kentucky. In 1890 after working a number of odd jobs Connelley began his career as an historical writer and researcher. He was instrumental in creating a cohesive narrative on the history of the state of Kansas. As a part of his work he wrote a "five volume history of Kansas" and a novel entitled "Indian Myths", and completed a great deal of research on Wild Bill Hickok.

Because of his extensive knowledge regarding the Wyandotte Tribe, Connelley was given power of attorney over the tribe. Eventually he was able to save sacred native lands.

He died in 1930.


2 folders (0.15 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Provenance unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown.


Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Annie Day, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.
Register of William Elsey Connelly research papers on Wild Bill Hickok
Annie Day
2015 February 5
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States