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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:

Portraits of members of the court-martial at convened at Cheyenne, W.T., 1877 January 5

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233280335], Folder: 16
Identifier: MSS P 16 Item 212
Scope and Contents

Thirteen identified portraits of members of the general court-martial convened at Cheyenne Wyoming Territory, 5 Jan. 1877. Envelope included sent from Robert Bruce in New York, NY.

Dates: 1877 January 5

Robert Spurrier Ellison business career, 1906-1930

Identifier: MSS 782 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contents include materials pertaining to Robert S. Ellison's buisness career with the Midwest Refining Company and other firms. These include reports, articles, and records. Materials dated 1906 to 1930.

Dates: 1906-1930

Robert Spurrier Ellison general correspondence, 1906-1945

Identifier: MSS 782 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence to and from Robert S. Ellison, mostly incoming letters. Letters document Ellison's collection and research activities and his interactions with other devotees of the American West, such as booksellers, scholars, amateur historians, journalists, and surviving western pioneers such as William Henry Jackson. Dated 1906 to 1945.

Dates: 1906-1945

Robert Spurrier Ellison journal, 1893

 Series — Box 2: Series 4; Series 5; Series 6 [Barcode: 31197231207538], Folder: 11
Identifier: MSS 782 Series 5
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

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: 1893

Robert Spurrier Ellison mementos, 1916-1946

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

Contains awards, certificates, invitations, pins, buttons and newsclippings, railroad schedules and dining car and restaurant menus. Dated 1916-1946. Also contains undated material.

Dates: 1916-1946

Robert Spurrier Ellison research and reference file, 1833-1951

Identifier: MSS 782 Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains materials collected by Ellison pertaining to the full range of his interests in the history of the American West. The files contain typescripts, holographs, newsclippings, reprints, brochures, biographical sketches, and occasional correspondence. The files contain a large number of copied sources and newspaper articles saved by Ellison, as well as a number of original manuscripts, both holograph and typewritten, such as those of William Carey Brown, T. J. Brundage, William Francis...
Dates: 1833-1951

Robert Spurrier Ellison writings, 1924-1940

Identifier: MSS 782 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contents include drafts of writings, mainly articles, written by Robert S. Ellison pertaining to the history of Wyoming, specifically Fort Bridger. Includes draft of Ellison's book, "Fort Bridger : A Brief History," clippings, and reprints. Materials dated 1924 to 1940.

Dates: 1924-1940

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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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