The adjourned meeting of the Board of Directors convened at 10:00 a. m. November 15, 1930, in the court room of the Industrial Commission at the Capitol, with the following members present: Mr. Charles F. Colcord, President, presiding; Gen. Chas. F. Barrett, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Judge W. A. Ledbetter, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Mrs. Frank Lucas, Judge Phil. D. Brewer, Judge Baxter Taylor, Judge R. L. Williams, Judge Thos. A. Edwards, Mrs. Frank Korn, Col. A. N. Leecraft, Judge Wm. P. Thompson, Mrs. John R. Williams, Mrs. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, Judge Harry Campbell and Dan W. Peery, the Secretary.
Judge Williams moved that the Board appoint a committee of three to take up with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs the matter of the transfer of the archives of the Five Civilized Tribes from the custody of the Superintendent in the Federal Building at Muskogee, Oklahoma, to the new Historial Building with the understanding that the Oklahoma Historical Society is to accept and receipt the custody of these archives as the agent of the Federal Government. Mrs. Korn seconded the motion which was carried.
The Chair appointed Judge R. L. Williams, chairman, Judge Thos. H. Doyle and Mr. Grant Foreman as members of this committee.
Judge Williams, Chairman of the Building Committee, for said committee, reported to the Board of Directors that in their judgment the Historical Building was completed in accordance with the contract and as contemplated in the act of the Legislature for the construction of the Building and recommended that the building be accepted. Motion was seconded.
Judge Taylor moved to amend by adding that this Board of Directors approve the report of the Building Committee and accept and receive the building as completed in accordance with the contract and that appropriate resolutions be drawn expressing and tendering the thanks of the Board of Directors to the Building Committee, the Architects, Layton, Hicks & Forsyth; the contractors, the Holmboe Construction
Company and to Edward P. Boyd, the superintendent of construction; and that this be put in proper form and be made a part of the permanent records of the Society. Mrs. Harbour seconded the amendment. The amendment was accepted and the motion as amended was carried.
Judge Williams moved that the question be divided and put first the question of approving the report of the Building Committee and accepting the building as completed under the contract and that we have a roll call, which was seconded and carried, and the roll call resulted in the following voting aye: Judge Thos. A. Edwards, Mrs. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Mrs. Frank Korn, Judge W. A. Ledbetter, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Col. A. N. Leecraft, Judge R. L. Williams, Mr. Charles F. Colcord, Mrs. Frank Lucas, Judge Phil. D. Brewer, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge Wm. P. Thompson, and Judge Harry Campbell, and there being no opposition to the motion it was carried and the building was accepted.
General Barren moved that a committee of three be appointed to draw up resolutions of respect for the splendid work of the Building Committee and that these resolutions be published in Chronicles of Oklahoma and given to the press. Motion was seconded.
Judge Williams moved to amend by adding that a committee on resolutions be appointed, which amendment was accepted and the motion, as amended, was carried and the Chair appointed the following committee: Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. Frank Korn, Gen. Chas. F. Barrett, Mrs. Frank Lucas and Judge Edwards, with Mr. Colcord.
Mrs. Moore moved that the Governor be invited to be present at the meeting. Motion was seconded and carried and Judge Taylor was asked to wait upon the Governor.
Judge Williams read a letter from Mr. Grant Foreman, and presented to the Board a copy of an article on the Legend of the Keetoowah Society, written by Mr. Levi B. Gritts, and moved that the Secretary be directed to write a letter to Mr. Gritts thanking him for the article and also write a letter to Mr. Foreman thanking him for securing the article. Motion was seconded and carried.
The Governor having appeared, General Barrett moved that the routine business be dispensed with and that the
report of the Building Committee be presented to the Governor for his approval or rejection. Motion was seconded and carried and the Governor voted aye on the acceptance of the report of the Building Committee.
The Governor made a short talk, eulogizing the Building Committee for the splendid work they had done in securing for the State such a magnificent building to house the Historical Society, and asked to be excused from further attendance on account of official engagements.