The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened in the Historical building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 27, 1939, at 10:00 A. M., with Judge Robert L. Williams, President, presiding.
The Secretary called the roll which showed the following members present: Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Judge Thomas H. Doyle, Judge Samuel W. Hayes, Gen. William S. Key, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mrs. Blanche Lucas, Hon. John B. Meserve, Mrs Jessie E. Moore, Hon. W. J. Peterson, Judge William P. Thompson, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge Robert L. Williams and James W. Moffitt, the Secretary.
The Secretary presented reasons for absence from the following members: Judge Harry Campbell, Dr. E. E. Dale, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Mr. George H. Evans, Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Col. A. N. Leecraft, and Mr. Jasper Sipes, and upon motion duly seconded the absentees were excused.
The Secretary presented the minutes of the Board meeting held January 26, 1939, and the minutes of the Annual Meeting held May 11-12, 1939.
Hon. W. J. Peterson moved that the reading of the minutes of the Board meeting held January 26, 1939 and the Annual Meeting held May 11-12, 1939 be passed at this time. Motion was seconded and carried.
The President reported that the expense incurred by Professor Rex W. Strickland, now of the School of Mines, El Paso, Texas, attending the Annual Meeting at Durant, to deliver an address on "Miller County, Arkansas Territory, (now a part of Oklahoma), The Frontier that men forgot," was $44.45 and that he had paid the money to professor Rex W. Strickland.
Judge Samuel W. Hayes moved that Judge Robert L. Williams be reimbursed from the private funds of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Blanche Lucas moved that Professor Rex W. Strickland be allowed stenographic hire to reproduce for the Society the address he delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society at Durant. Motion was seconded and carried, same not to be published without his consent.
The exhibit of museum articles lent to the First National Bank and Trust Company for their anniversary celebration was discussed.
Mrs. John R. Williams moved that the Board express its appreciation to the First National Bank and Trust Company for the treatment accorded the exhibit and the spirit of co-operation on the part of the bank officials to interest people in the work of the Historical Society, also for the $100.00 donated the Society relative thereto. Motion was seconded and carried.
The President presented the matter of continuing the WPA project sponsored by the Historical Society for another ten months after the termination of the present project.
Hon. W. J. Peterson moved that the President be authorized to execute a contract on the part of the Historical Society as sponsor and to use any funds available, either state appropriation or private funds of the Society, to provide for the sponsor's share of the contribution. Judge William P. Thompson seconded the motion.
Judge Samuel W. Hayes moved to amend by adding that the President be authorized to make application for the transfer of state appropriated funds to meet any emergency arising in the sponsor's contribution for the WPA project. The amendment was seconded by Hon. John B. Meserve, and the motion as amended was carried.
The President read part of a letter from Mr. Carney O. Dean, a representative of the Motter Bookbinding Company, regarding the publication of a master index for the seventeen volumes of Chronicles of Oklahoma now completed, also a letter from Dr. E. E. Dale of the University of Oklahoma regarding the Master Index.
Judge Samuel W. Hayes moved that the Board authorize the President to consent to the publication of the master index with no financial obligation on the part of the Historical Society, provided that the work be supervised by James J. Hill, assistant librarian at the University of Oklahoma, without cost to the Society.
The President asked permission to sign a release for work done on a WPA project, sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, at the Sequoyah home shrine.
Honorable John B. Meserve moved that the President and Secretary be authorized to sign said release. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge William P. Thompson moved that a committee of three be appointed to confer with the State Highway Commissioners, in regard to roads leading from the main highway to the Sequoyah home shrine and from the main highway to the Robert M. Jones shrine. Motion was seconded and carried.
The matter of paying the typewriter rent for the WPA projects at Oklahoma City and Muskogee was discussed.
Judge Samuel W. Hayes moved that the rent be paid quarterly as heretofore, thus securing some reduction, and accordingly allowed out of the transferred WPA funds from state appropriations.
The Secretary presented the following list of applicants for membership in the Society:
LIFE: Clara Alice Ward, Tulsa.
ANNUAL: J. A. Bodovitz, Ardmore; A. F. Connelly, Oklahoma City; Rev. W. N. P. Dailey, Potteraville, New York; Harry J. Daitch, Akron, Ohio; Miss Cooleela Faulkner, Claremore; Clarence W. Fink, Okmulgee; G. E. Frey, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Joe Ham, Oklahoma City; Miss Ella A. Ketcham, Oklahoma City; George I. Laingor, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Paul Lynch, Fort Smith, Arkansas; C. C. Roberts, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Elizabeth Thurman Smith, Clinton; Robert W. Spann, Granite; Mrs. Bland West, Norman.
Judge Thomas H. Doyle moved that they be elected members of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Hon. John B. Meserve moved that it be the sense of this Board of Directors to put forth every effort to increase the membership of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Honorable W. J. Peterson moved that the President be given authority to prescribe the duties of the various employees of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Jessie E. Moore transmitted to the Society a copy of the Chickasaw Roll of 1818, the original having been made up for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the Chickasaw Treaty of October 19, 1818, between the Commissioners for the United States and the Chiefs and Warriors of the Chickasaw Nation, this copy having been compiled by Mrs. Melven Cornish of McAlester, Oklahoma, and is presented to the Historical Society by Mr. and Mrs. Melven Cornish.
Mrs. Blanche Lucas moved that this gift be accepted and that Mr. and Mrs. Melven Cornish and Mrs. Jessie E. Moore be thanked for this donation. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Thomas H. Doyle reported that Mr. G. B. Parker and associates of the Scripps-Howard publications donated to the Society a complete bound file of all their editions of the Oklahoma News and a number of volumes of other newspapers and The Oklahoma City Directory, and moved that Mr. Parker and associates be thanked for their generosity in supplying these copies for the Historical Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
The following letter was read:
Board of Directors—Oklahoma Historical Society.
Since the room which was to have been furnished by the women's organizations named by the Board has not materialized, I desire to present to the Historical Society the following articles given by generous donors to the Oklahoma Memorial Association.
1 A hand painted picture by Maxine V. Lewis, subject "Oklahoma under six flags."
2 An American walnut desk and chair, presented by the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha to honor Dr. George W. Austin.
3 A small American walnut book case, presented by the Women's Culture Club of El Reno.
4 An American walnut book case and desk, presented to honor the Governors of Oklahoma.
5 An inlaid table of various woods, made by the prisoners of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, at McAlester, and presented by the Warden.
6 A Majestic refrigerator, presented by the John Brown Department Store.
7 An electric range, presented by the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.
Signed Anna B. Korn, President
Gen. William S. Key moved that they be accepted and the donors thanked for this contribution to the Museum and equipment of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Upon motion of Hon. John B. Meserve the meeting stood adjourned subject to call.
Judge Robert L. Williams, President,
James W. Moffitt,