The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened April 28, 1932, at 10:00 A. M., in the Historical Building, Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Secretary called the roll, which showed the following members present: Mr. Charles F. Colcord, President, presiding; Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mr. George H. Evans, Dr. Joseph B. Thoborn, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Judge Thomas H. Doyle, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Judge Phil D. Brewer, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore and Dan W. Peery, the Secretary.
The Secretary reported that the following had notified him of their inability to attend this meeting: Judge Harry Campbell, Judge R. L. Williams and Dr. E. E. Dale.
The Secretary read the minutes of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, held January 28, 1932, which upon motion of General Barrett were approved as read.
The Secretary read the minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee, held March 19, 1932.
Judge Brewer moved that the appointment of Judge R. L. Williams and Judge Thomas A. Edwards as members of the Executive Committee, immediately following the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, be confirmed and made a matter of record. Mrs. Korn seconded the motion, which carried.
Mrs. Moore moved that the services of Peter J. Hudson be continued at the expiration of his present term of employment for another three months, at a salary of $75.00 per month, to be paid out of the private funds of the Society, which motion upon being seconded by Mrs. Korn, was carried.
Mrs. Moore, chairman of the committee to place the large gun, made a verbal report, and moved that the Secretary be instructed to write to Mr. G. Fred Tunnard, past commander of the Foreign War Veterans, and ascertain what they expect to do with the gun, as the Board of Affairs has requested the Board of Directors of the Historical Society to make some disposition of the gun stored in the basement of the Capitol building. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Roblin and carried.
The Secretary read the request of the Department of Oklahoma, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U. S., for space in the Historical building.
General Barrett moved that the Veterans of Foreign Wars be assigned the east room in the north wing of the second floor of the Historical building. Judge Taylor seconded the motion which carried.
The Secretary read a letter from the Superintendent of the block house on the Saratoga Battlefield to Gov. William H. Murray, requesting the state to furnish them a state flag, which letter had been referred to the Historical Society.
Judge Brewer moved that the Secretary purchase a state flag to be paid for out of the private funds of the Society, to be placed in the block house on the Saratoga Battlefield. Mrs. Roblin seconded the motion which carried.
Mrs. Moore presented the offer of Mr. Grant Foreman to superintend having certain Moravian manuscripts copied for the Society, also some photographs, and moved that Mr. Foreman be authorized to have copies made of these Moravian records, also to have copies made of the photographs, which he mentioned, the expenses to be paid out of the equipment funds of the state appropriation. Judge Brewer seconded the motion which carried.
Judge Brewer moved that $300.00 or as much thereof as may be necessary be made available for Mr. Foreman to secure certain Moravian manuscripts and papers relating to work with the Cherokee Indians, and copies of photographs in the Department of the Interior in Washington, (and other papers relating to the Chickasaw and plains Indians and other members of the Five Civilized Tribes), said money to be paid on vouchers authorized by the Executive Committee. Motion was seconded and carried.
The Secretary presented the following list of applicants for membership in the Society:
James Charles Connery, Oklahoma City; J. D. Douglass, Oklahoma City; C. E. Fahrney, Ardmore; Mrs. Duncan Finlayson, Tulsa; J. H. Gordon, McAlester; Mrs. Gaylord Hancock, Tulsa; Mrs. Lulu Harvey, Tulsa; Prof. O. W. Hoop, Tulsa; Earl Martin, Oklahoma City; Caroline Meyer, Tulsa; William O. Rees, Okmulgee; Mrs. Ruby Ann Roads, Waukomis; Mrs. Earl Shotwell, Oklahoma City; R. Burt Stewart, Lawton; Dr. A. Ray Wiley, Tulsa; and Mrs. Louise Zollers, Los Angeles, California.
Judge Brewer moved that they be elected to membership in the Society, which upon being seconded was carried.
Mrs. Roblin presented bills incurred in, providing for the reception given by the Society to the State Federation of Women's Clubs, and moved that a sum not to exceed $20.00 be provided from the private funds of the Society to take care of this indebtedness, which motion upon being seconded was carried.
Mrs. Roblin moved that the Board give Mrs. Moore a vote of thanks for her work in planning and superintending this reception, which motion was seconded and carried.
The acoustics of the directors' room was discussed and Judge Edwards moved that it be referred to the Executive Committee. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Moore moved that the Society purchase a frame for the portrait of Bishop Theophile Meerschaert, which portrait is to be presented to the Society, said frame to be paid for out of the equipment fund. Motion was seconded by Judge Brewer which carried.
General Sneed told of an offer of a picture of early days that he wished the Board to investigate. Judge Brewer moved it be referred to the Art Committee. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Williams moved that the members of the Historical Society be thanked for their assistance in the reception to the State Federation of Women's Clubs. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Doyle moved that pursuant to the action of the members at the annual meeting, held March 31, 1932, regarding the compiling of the constitution and by-laws of the Society, that a committee of five be appointed, consisting of three attorneys, and two laymen, to compile the constitution and by-laws. Motion was seconded and carried.
The Chair appointed Judge Brewer, Chairman, with Judge Williams, Judge Edwards, Doctor Thoburn and General Barret to act in this capacity.
Judge Brewer moved that the Secretary and Miss Mulholland proceed at once to go through the records and assemble all the amendments to the constitution and by-laws and make them available for the committee. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. Thoburn moved that the minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee be approved as read. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. Thoburn moved that as a substitute for the action taken at the last meeting of the Executive Committee in voting to place the proposed celebration of the centennial of Washington Irving's "Tour on the Prairies" under the advisory jurisdiction of a number of separate committees, that a single committee to consist of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as chairman, three members of the Board of Directors and three other members of the Society shall be appointed by the president of the Society, such committee to assist in co-ordinating the efforts and activities of local agencies and organizations in the counties of Pawnee, Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, and Okfuskee, leaving the counties on the route which adjoin Tulsa and Muskogee counties under the advisory jurisdiction of the county historical Societies of those two counties; that said committee be authorized and directed to co-operate with local agencies and organizations and to assist the same in the co-ordination of such efforts and in the planning of details and programs for such local celebrations as far as may seem to be needed and desired, provided, however, that the same shall be done without incurring any expense on the part of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Motion was seconded by General Sneed, which carried.
The Chair appointed the following committee: Hon. John Vaughan, Chairman, Dr. E. E. Dale, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Dr. Joseph B. Thoburn, Mr. Fred McCarrel, Mrs. J. W. Drake and Mr. Frank C. Orner to serve in this capacity.
Mrs. Williams moved that the Secretary be instructed to correspond with the Secretary of the Kansas Historical Society and see what could be done in regard to a trade with them for some of the Oklahoma material, also correspond with other Societies with the same end in view. Judge Brewer seconded the motion which carried.
On motion the meeting stood adjourned.
Charles F. Colcord, President,
Dan W. Peery, Secretary.