The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened in the Historical Building, at 10:00 a. m., July 23, 1931, with the following members present: Judge Phil D. Brewer, Vice-President presiding; Judge R. L. Williams, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Judge Harry Campbell, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mr. Grant Foreman, General R. A. Sneed anal Dan W. Peery, the Secretary.
Judge Campbell conveyed the regrets of Mrs. Roberta C. Lawson at not being able to attend the meeting on account of the recent death of her husband, Eugene B. Lawson.
Mrs. Korn moved that the Board extend its sympathy to Mrs. Lawson and that Judge Campbell be requested to confer with Mrs. Lawson and select some one to write a brief sketch of the life of Mr. Lawson to be published in the Chronicles, which upon being seconded was carried.
The Secretary read the minutes of the Board meeting held April 23, 1931, and upon motion it was ordered approved.
The Secretary read the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held May 25, 1931.
Some discussion was had as to proposed excavation in the basement, which was reported to need attention.
Judge Williams moved that the Secretary be instructed to take up by letter with the architects and the State Board of Affairs the matter of the excavation in the basement and have it attended to before cold weather, and upon being seconded it was so ordered.
The Secretary read the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held June 29, 1931.
By agreement the minutes were to show that Judge Brewer moved that Mrs. Rella Watts be elected as Clerk or Stenographer under Account No. 8, at a salary of $125 per month.
The Secretary read the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held July 10, 1931.
The Secretary read the following list of applicants for membership: Annual: T. E. Allen, Hominy; Elsie N. Allison, Tulsa; Anna M. Anderson, Tulsa; W. M. Baker, Muskogee; Fanny P. Berry, Weathersfield, Conn.; Nell Bowman, Tulsa; Mrs. W. A. Campbell, Muskogee; Helen Carswell, Anadarko Arthur Carver, Granite; Mrs. Esther O. Chaney, Tulsa; Sidney L. Chapman, Chickasha; W. B. Childers, Ardmore; Dr. Joseph B. Clayton, Durant; Mrs. B. R. Cook, Atoka; Edith Edens, Oklahoma City; Mary E. Edwards, Oklahoma City; Mary L. Edwards, Oklahoma City; John G. Ellinghausen, Tulsa; Cora E. Farrell Guthrie; Mrs. W. W. Folsom, Muskogee; Eula E. Fullerton, Tahlequah; Rachel Adair Hamill, Tulsa; Mrs. Jean B. Johnson, Tulsa; Hal C. Jones, Billings; Mrs. Mary E. Kettering, Oklahoma City; Benjamin W. King, Tulsa; Prof. M. H. Laney, Bennington; Edith M. Layton, Pawhuska; Clyde C. Leech, Oklahmoa City; Joseph Leech, Oklahoma City; H. V. Lewis, Oklahoma City; Benjamin Martin, Muskogee; W. L. Mauk, Eakly; Mayme Mayes, Tulsa; Anna Moore, Tulsa P. J. Mulkaren, Wewoka; Ed McCarrel, Oklahoma City; Alma R. McGlenn, Tulsa; Mary Ward Patterson, Duncan; Leta Percy, Lindsay; Mrs. F. R. Pigg, Shawnee; Judge G. T. Ralls, Coalgate; John A. Robinson, Miami; Mrs. Katherine Robinson, Miami; David
E. Rowland, Bartlesville, Katherine M. Tidd, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Rella Watts, Muskogee; Euna Willard, Lindsay; J. R. Willis, Granite; Mrs. Lillie O. Wills, Miami; Mrs. Gladys Youse, Baxter Springs, Kans.
General Barrett moved that they be accepted as member of the Society, which was seconded and carried.
Judge Doyle moved that Paul Nesbitt be elected an Honorary Member of the Society on account of the various services rendered to the Society; and his work as a member of the Board of Directors. Motion was seconded and unanimously carried.
The question of recognizing the services of Mr. Grant Foreman as research director in history was discussed and by unanimous consent it was agreed that the letter heads should carry the name of Mr. Grant Foreman, with the title of "Director of Historical Research.'
Mr. Foreman read a report of the work being done by Mrs. Rella Watts in the office of the Indian Agency, at Muskogee.
Judge Williams moved that it be received and filed, which was seconded and it was so ordered.
Judge Brewer gave a verbal report of the Committee to confer with the Library Board of the Supreme Court in regard to having certain historical collections of the different states and some family genealogical material anal biographies transferred as a loan from the Law Library to the Historical Society, reporting that 159 volumes had been transferred to the Historical Library. The report of the committee was approved and the committee continued with instructions to get the balance of the collection now in the basement of the Law Library, if they can be secured.
The matter of obtaining state bar association reports by exchanging books with State Bar Associations was discussed, and it was moved that the Chair appoint a committee of three to confer with the Oklahoma State Bar Officials to establish interchange relationships with the State Bar Association, and secure all state and American Bar Association Reports, so that when received they be deposited with the Historical Society as custodian. Motion was seconded and carried. The Chair appointed Judge Doyle, Chairman, Judge Brewer and Judge Ledbetter with Judge Williams and Judge Campbell as ex-officio members of this committee.
Judge Williams presented to the Society a book entitled "Indian Hand Work" as a gift of John D. Benedict, of Muskogee, with a request that the Secretary acknowledge receipt of the gift.
Judge Williams deposited with the Society four volumes of the diary of Willis Folsom, an early day preacher in the M. E. Church South, in Indian Territory, for safe keeping and for reference, and moved that they be accepted. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented to the Society a portrait of J. Wood Kirk, and moved that it be accepted by the Board as a donation from himself, which was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented the Society a picture of the old Choctaw Council House, which picture was formerly owned by Governor Basil LeFlore, and donated by Frank Gooding, his son-in-law, to be placed in a safe repository to be selected by him, and moved that it be accepted with thanks, and that the Secretary be instructed to have the frame repaired. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented the Society a Photostat copy of certificate of graduation of Basil LeFlore, dated June 11, 1830, as a donation from himself, and moved that it be accepted, which upon being seconded was carried.
Judge Williams presented to the Society a photostat copy of the Choctaw Intelligencer, published at Doaksville, Ind. Ter., Oct. 15, 1851,
being No. 15, of Volume 2, as a donation from himself, and moved that it be accepted. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented to the Society photostat copies of the written minutes of the Indian Mission Conference from the session held in 1844 to the session held in 1877, inclusive, as a donation from himself, and requested that they be indexed and bound.
Mr. Foreman moved that these copies of the minutes be accepted and that the Secretary be directed to have them properly bound and indexed and the subject matter adequately treated. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented to the Society the original records of the Old Flint District Circuit Court, Cherokee Nation, also the photostat copies of same, and moved that the original be safely preserved in the vault and that the photostat copies be bound in substantial covers and indexed. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented the portrait of Reverend Cortez Stubblefield, a Baptist minister, missionary and moderator, which is the donation of the First Baptist Church of Miami, Oklahoma, and moved that the Secretary be instructed to write Dr. J. B. Rounds, the bearer of the gift, and ask him to express the thanks of the Society to the Church at Miami, and also that the Secretary have a brass marker placed on the portrait with suitable inscription. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Willams presented to the Society a portrait of Reverend Ernskine Brantly, D. D., a Presbyterian minister, missionary and educator, the gift of Judge A. H. Ferguson, Durant, Oklahoma, and moved that it be accepted and that the Secretary be instructed to thank Judge Ferguson for the gift, and that the Secretary also have a brass marker with suitable inscription placed on the frame. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams presented the portrait of Reverend Theodore F. Brewer, a Methodist minister, missionary, educator and editor, and moved that it be accepted and that the Secretary be instructed to write a letter of thanks to Mr. R. P. Brewer, the donor, for the gift of his father's portrait, and also that the Secretary have a brass marker with suitable inscription placed on the frame. Motion was seconded and carried.
General Sneed moved that we tender to Judge Williams the heartfelt thanks of this Society for the effort he has expended in securing this valuable material for the Society, which upon being seconded was unanimously carried.
Judge Williams moved that M. A. Mulholland be designated Property Clerk of this Society, and that as such she have supervision over all records made as to all property in every division of the Society, and file same, reports to be made to her monthly, on paper and forms to be prescribed by her and when sufficient reports have accumulated to make a volume to index and have same bound. Motion seconded and carried.
Judge Williams moved that as what is known as the Confederate Memorial Room and the Union Soldiers Room are now departments of the Historical Society and should be treated as such; that all matters germane to or connected with the Confederate Army should be in the Confederate Memorial Room, and that all matters germane to or connected with the Union Army should be in the Union Memorial Room, and that all matters of general history not specifically connected with the Civil War should be in the general display of the Society and under the direction of the House Committee. The motion was seconded and upon roll call was unanimously carried.
Judge Williams moved that the committee of three be appointed to confer with the State Board of Affairs and see if money is available
to make certain alterations in the kitchenette and put wire netting over the windows in the kitchenette. Motion was seconded and carried. The Chair appointed Judge Brewer, Chairman; Judge Doyle and Mrs. Frank Korn to serve on this committee.
Mr. Foreman moved that steps be taken to index the old Manuscripts, and that Miss Woolman, the Librarian, commence as soon as possible to index and identify the old manuscripts and clippings, and old material on hand, including the Fred Barde collection, and that she call upon the Secretary to requisition help from any source among the employees available. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Campbell moved that it is the sense of this Board that the Executive Committee, at its next meeting, investigate to see if there is a surplus in the Society's personal funds to justify the employment of Peter Hudson at a Salary of $75.00 per month, for a few months, to do certain translating in the office of the Five Civilized Tribes and if so that Judge Williams is authorized to do such employing and that Judge Williams and Mr. Foreman supervise the work of Mr. Hudson. Motion as seconded and carried.
Judge Williams moved that Mr. Foreman be authorized to use the services of Mrs. Watts in preparing articles for the Chronicles and when he is collecting data solely for the Historical Society, which upon being seconded was carried.
Judge Williams moved that the committee to negotiate for the purchase of a photostat machine be continued, with the understanding that the machine purchased is to be of sufficient size to print full sheets for such papers as the Oklahoman, Arkansas Gazette, Dallas News, etc. Motion was seconded and carried.
The meeting recessed until 2:00 P. M.
At 2,00 P. M., there being no quorum present the meeting stood adjourned.
Judge Phillip Brewer, Vice-President, Presiding.