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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 5, No. 1
March, 1927
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
February 1, 1927

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The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society met immediately after the adjournment of the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society, in room 224 of the Capitol, Tuesday, February 1, 1927, with the following members present: Vice-presidents, Thomas H. Doyle (presiding) and Phil D. Brewer; Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, treasurer; Governor Henry S. Johnston, R. A. Sneed, A. N. Leecraft, Mrs. J. R. Frazier, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Robert L. Williams, James S. Buchanan, Grant Foreman, D.

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W. Peery, Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, W. A. Du-rant, William P. Thompson, Thomas A. Edwards, Mrs. Emma Estill Harbour, Roy Johnson, Charles F. Barrett, Jasper Sipes, Mrs. Frank Korn, W. A. Ledbetter, William S. Key, J. Y. Bryce, the Secretary and Joseph B. Thoburn, the curator.

The secretary read the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors for the third quarter, which were approved and ordered filed.

Robert L. Williams moved that the sum of $800 of the appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1927, be used to cover the cost of the March and June issues of Chronicles and that the sum of $800 of the appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1928, be used to cover the cost of the September and December issues of Chronicles. Motion carried.

Robert L. Williams moved that a committee of two wait on the Governor and invite him to meet with the Board. Phil D. Brewer and J. S. Buchanan were appointed.

The secretary read the application of Mrs. W. B. Godwin for the position as librarian of the Society.

Robert L. Williams moved that W. A. Ledbetter, Phil D. Brewer and Mrs. Jessie R. Moore be appointed as a committee to secure a cataloguer and report at the next meeting. Motion carried.

Grant Foreman presented a resolution which he moved that we adopt, as follows:

WHEREAS, the life of the Five Civilized Tribes is unique on this continent, and forms one of the outstanding features of the history of the State of Oklahoma, and

WHEREAS, a considerable part of the history of these tribes is contained in a large mass of tribal records, documents, laws, council proceedings, reports, and correspondence now forming part of the archives of the office of the Superintendent for the Five Civilized Tribes at Muskogee, and

WHEREAS, the Five -Civilized Tribes have ceased to function any longer as tribes and the period of general supervision over said Indians is drawing to a close; and a large part of the tribal records above mentioned are not necessary to the administration of Indian affairs but do constitute the most important historical source material concerning the State of Oklahoma:

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Oklahoma Historical Society in annual meeting assembled that such of said records as are not essential to the administration of Indian affairs would form a valuable addition to the archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and should be deposited there where they could be properly arranged and classified and indexed for reference purposes and preserved against loss, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the necessary steps be taken to ascertain what part of said records may properly be removed to the archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society at such time as they will be no longer necessary to government administration of Indian Affairs, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That authority for the removal of such tribal records to the archives of this Society be solicited to be carried into effect when this Society shall. have a fire proof building in which to preserve them, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That copies ;;f i.-aese resolutions be furnished to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives from the State of Oklahoma with the request that the object of said resolutions may be given effect by said members.

ADOPTED this First day of February, 1927.

Motion carried, full membership voting in the affirmative.

Robert L. Williams moved that we thank the secretary for gathering the data concerning buildings of the various historical societies. Motion carried.

Charles F. Barrett moved that an order on the treasurer be drawn for the expenses of Rev. J. J. Methvin and Rev. Josiah Butler incurred in attending the meeting of the Society. Motion carried.

Robert L. Williams moved that the same employees

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be continued at the same salaries as passed a year ago. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned.

THOMAS H. DOYLE,
Vice-President.

J. Y. BRYCE,
Secretary.

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