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James P. Beckwourth business papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 101

Scope and Contents

Account book, deeds, receipts, letters, statements, land claims, orders of payment, and a poll tax notice, all relating to Beckwourth's personal business transactions. The account book contains a draft copy of his will.


  • 1859-1864


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 James P. Beckwourth business papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Adventurer, fur trader and trapper, guide, and chief of the Crow Indians, 1824-1836. Beckwourth fought in the Mexican War, 1845, was involved in fighting various Indian tribes, rustled horses with Chief Walkara, 1846, and was employed by A.P. Vasquez and Co., at Pikes Peak, Colorado Territory.


40 item (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections and Manuscripts Dept., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory located with collection.

Custodial History

Purchased from Fred A. Rosenstock, 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred A. Rosenstock; 1974


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Photograph of Beckwourth located in Photo Archives.

James Pierson Beckwourth, and Enigmatic Figure of the West, by Nolie Mumey, and Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, by Thomas D. Bonner, l856, l891, and l972 printings with extended notes are in the Special Collections division of the Lee Library.


Publication: Mumey, Nolie. James Pierson Beckwourth, and Enigmatic Fiqure of the West. Denver: Fred A. Rosenstock, 1957.

Register of James P. Beckwourth business papers
Benjamin Sipes
2010 June 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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