Finding aid to the Christopher "Kit" Carson Biographies and Other Material MS.597

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2013


Title: Christopher "Kit" Carson biographies and other material
Identifier/Call Number: MS.597
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1890-1959
Abstract: Kit Carson (1809–1868) was a frontiersman, western guide, and trapper. He was the guide for John C. Fremont expeditions between 1842-1846, served in the American Civil War, and became the superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Colorado Territory, circa 1849. This collections consists of material published or created from 1890-1958 and is predominately made up of articles about Carson. The collection also includes ephemera and a hand-written note by Charles Fletcher Lummis about Carson's daughter, Josephine.
creator: Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Braun Research Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred citation

Christopher "Kit" Carson biographies and other material, 1890-1959, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.597; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Scope and contents

This collections consists of material published or created from 1890-1958 and is predominately made up of articles about Kit Carson. The collection also includes ephemera and a hand-written note by Charles Fletcher Lummis about Carson's daughter, Josephine.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Biographical History

Kit Carson (1809–1868) was a frontiersman, western guide, and trapper. He was born in Madison County, Kentucky on 1809 December 24 and died 1868 May 23 in Fort Lyon, Colorado. From 1842-1846, Carson served as the guide for John C. Fremont's expeditions to Wyoming and California. Carson moved to Taos, New Mexico around 1849 where he served in the Office of Indian Affairs, first as an agent and then as a superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Colorado Territory.
Carson served during the American Civil War, 1861–1865, as lieutenant colonel commanding the First New Mexico Volunteer Regiment. After the war, Carson moved back to Colorado to expand his ranching business.

Custodial history

This collection was assembled by Southwest Museum staff from library items acquired 1910-1945. Most of the items were donated by Frederick Webb Hodge or purchased as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Carson, Josephine
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868
Biography
Booklets
Certificates
Clippings
Explorers -- West (U.S.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Scouts (Reconnaissance)
Trappers -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration