The adjourned meeting of the Board of Directors was held May 5, 1930, at 10:30 a. m. in the Court Room of the Criminal Court of Appeals, with the following members present: Charles F. Colcord (President), presiding, Jasper Sipes, Judge Baxter Taylor, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Mrs. J. R. Frazier, Mrs. John R. Williams, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Judge Thos. A. Edwards, Mrs. T. B. Ferguson, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mrs. Frank Korn, Judge R. L. Williams, Gen. Wm. S. Key, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Judge Phil. D. Brewer, Dan. W. Peery, and J. Y. Bryce, the Secretary.
The Secretary read the minutes of the annual meeting held January 23, 1930, the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors held January 23, 1930, the minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held February 18, 1930, the minutes of the meeting of the Library and Museum Committee held March 6, 1930, and the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors held April 24, 1930, which on motion of Mrs. Frank Korn were approved as read.
Judge Williams delivered to the Society a copy of the papers of George S. Gaines, which Mr. Grant Forman had copied from the originals in the files of the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History, and which were once owned by J. F. H. Claiborne, and moved that the Society extend to Mr. and Mrs. Foreman a vote of thanks for securing this copy for the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams stated that he had borrowed a photograph of the cabinet of Gov. Coleman Cole, of the Choctaw Nation, and moved that the Society have an enlarged copy made by the Watton Studio, and that the original copy be returned to Major Victor M. Locke, Jr., who is the owner of the picture. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Frazier discussed the advisability of taking steps to preserve the graves of Thompson McKenzie and his wife.
Judge Williams stated that he would get a picture of Jim McHenry, a Creek Indian, and also a picture of the Indian Mission Conference in session for the Society.
Judge Williams read a letter from Amos A. Ewing offering to the Society a collection of pictures taken of different groups after they reached the Cherokee strip on their way to the opening of Oklahoma proper.
General Key moved that these pictures be received by the Society and that Mr. Ewing be thanked for this contribution. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams told of the plans of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Foreman to spend six months next winter in Washington, D. C., in the interest of the Society, and suggested that their railroad fare and board bill be paid and also that a party be paid for copying records under their instructions.
Mr. Sipes moved that a committee be appointed to see how much funds are available for this purpose, and that Mr. Foreman be notified of the amount. General Barrett seconded the motion and added that the duties of this committee should be extended to cover other expenditures
for securing records. Mr. Sipes accepted the amendment and the motion as amended was carried.
Judge Williams moved that the Secretary be instructed to return the George Hudson picture which had been copied, to Major Victor M. Locke, who is the owner of the picture. Motion was seconded and carried.
The Secretary read the following list of applicants for membership:
Annual Members: Ulysses M. Baughman, Oklahoma City; Judge A. G. C. Bierer, Guthrie; Mrs. Lena Whittaker Blakeney, Oklahoma City Prof. R. J. Dangerfield, Norman; Mary Woodward Davis, Edmond; Inez McMillan Gibson, Ardmore; Prof. G. M. Harrel, Ada; Dan C. Kenan, Okmulgee; Perry A. Keotah, Anadarko; Jim Koontz, Okemah; Mrs. Janana B. Lamar, Bernice; Graves Leeper, Oklahoma City; Grady Lewis, Sapulpa; Reuel W. Little, Madill;, R. K. McGregor, Carnegie; Mrs. Ralph G. McKinney, Bartlesville; Mrs. James W. McSpadden, Tahlequah; Frederic D. Oiler, Tulsa; Mrs. Jane Alexander Oiler, Tulsa; Mrs. R. R. Owens, Tulsa., Horatio C. Pollock, Tulsa; J. C. Port, Edmond; John Quimby, Bowlegs; William Ribble, Oklahoma City; H. E. Ringle, Okkmugee; Samuel E. Swinney, Durant; Mrs. J. Urbansky, Oklahoma City.
Annual Corresponding: Marjorie A. Colne, Augusta, Kansas, Mrs. Christina Anderson Brandt, Los Angeles, Calif., and John H. Brandt, Los Angeles, Calif.
Judge Brewer moved that they be elected to membership in the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. Moore discussed the Hitchcock diary of old Missions, now owned by Mrs. Camp, and suggested that Mrs. Camp be invited to visit the Historical Society and leave with us the diary rather than deposit it with the Smithsonian Institution.
The advisability of securing copies of the John Rollin Ridge papers, now in California, was discussed.
Mr. Peery told of a conversation he had with Senator Robert Owen, in which Senator Owen told of having a painting of Sequoyah and other things which he wished to donate to the Society.
Judge Williams moved that Mr. Peery be instructed to advise Senator Owen that the Society would gladly accept his donation. Motion was seconded and carried.
The secretary read the report of the treasurer, which was received and read.
Mrs. Moore discussed the roads and trails in Oklahoma, but action was deferred on markings.
Mr. Thoburn read his report as Director of Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.
Judge Williams moved that the Society set aside $1000.00 out of Account No. 4 to match a like amount appropriated by Congress of the United States for research work in Archaeology under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. Moore seconded the motion which carried.
The president introduced Mrs. T. B. Ferguson. the new member of the Board of Directors.
Judge Doyle moved that the vacancy on the Board of Directors, caused by the death of Dr. J. S. Buchanan, be filled by the election of Dr. E. E. Dale, head of the History Department of the University of Oklahoma, to serve until the next regular election. Mr. Sipes seconded
the motion which carried, and the Secretary was instructed to cast the unanimous vote for Dr. Dale as a member of the Board of Directors.
Judge Williams moved that a committee of five be appointed to draft resolutions in memoriam of Dr. J. S. Buchanan, and report back to the Board at its next meeting for adoption. Motion was seconded and carried.
General Barrett moved that the meeting recess until 2 p. m. and it was so ordered.
The recessed meeting was called to order at 2 p. m. with the following members present: Charles F. Colcord, (President) presiding, Judge R. L. Williams, Dan W. Peery, Judge W. A. Ledbetter, Judge Phil. D. Brewer, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Mrs. John R. Williams, Gen. Chas. F. Barrett, Judge Baxter Taylor, Jasper Sipes, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Mrs. J. R. Frazier, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, and J. Y. Bryce, the Secretary.
Report of the committee to confer with Mrs. Laura Clubb on the loan of her art collection was called for and, in the absence of the chairman, Judge Brewer gave a short verbal report and the committee was continued.
Judge Taylor moved that the Executive Committee be authorized to employ a stenographer possessing secretarial qualifications at a salary to be fixed by the committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Affairs. General Barrett seconded the motion, which carried.
Mr. Peery tendered his resignation as a member of the Board of Directors, as follows:
To the President of the Historical Society: I, Dan W. Peery, member elect of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, do hereby tender my resignation, same to be effective June 30, 1930.
Judge Williams stated that solely for the reason that after 'the 30th day of June, 1930, Mr. Peery is to become secretary of the Society and in order to comply with the law, he moved to accept the resignation of Mr. Peery. Mrs. Moore seconded the motion which carried.
Judge Williams moved that Judge Harry Campbell, of Tulsa, be elected to take the place on the Board occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Peery and to hold the same until the next regular election. Judge Doyle seconded the motion.
General Barrett moved that W. A. Durant be elected to take the place of Mr. Peery on the Board to serve until the next regular election. Mrs. Korn seconded the motion.
The vote by ballot resulted in Mr. Durant receiving two votes and Judge Campbell thirteen votes.
Judge Williams moved that Judge Harry Campbell be declared unanimously elected. Motion was seconded and carried and Judge Harry Campbell was declared unanimously elected a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Sipes moved that Judge Dudley, chairman of the Board of Affairs, be invited to address the Board. Motion was seconded and carried and the Secretary was asked to invite Judge Dudley to appear before the Board.
Judge Dudley appeared and discussed the matter of the steam line to carry heat to the new building, which matter was passed for the attention of the Building Committee.
Mrs. Moore presented the portrait of Gen. R. A. Sneed and moved that it be accepted and that the Board extend to Mr. Watton our very
great appreciation for his work. Mr. Sipes seconded the motion which carried, and General Sneed expressed his appreciation of the honor done him, his children and grandchildren in having his portrait made for the Historical Society collections.
Representatives of the various equipment companies who were present were given a few moments to explain some of the advantages of their equipment.
Judge Brewer moved that a committee be appointed to secure a name plate for the portrait of General Sneed. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Brewer moved that the Secretary be instructed to have an additional copy made of the Cabinet of Governor Coleman Cole, and send it to Major Locke, the owner of the portrait. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Brewer moved that the executive committee be authorized to negotiate in advance to use funds available for rugs and linoleum for the new building. Motion was seconded and carried.
General Sneed eulogized Congress for its tribute to the Confederate Soldiers in the way of furnishing markers for the unmarked graves.
General Barrett moved that the meeting adjourn, and it was so ordered.
CHARLES F. COLCORD, President, Presiding.
J. F. BRYCE, Secretary