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Martin Garretson Papers

Identifier: WH487

Scope and Contents

Material originally gathered by Garretson. Consists primarily of correspondence between members of the Plainsmen Society, with a few from the American Bison Society. Letters contain reminiscences about early days in the West, with references to such personalities as William Henry Jackson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane. Besides Garretson, correspondents include Jesse Brown, Dan W. Greenburg, William Francis Hooker, A.B. Ostrander, Ellis

Scope and Contents

T. Peirce, Edmund Seymour, Clark B. Stocking, and George W. Stokes. Also included are articles written by correspondents, newsclipping, and a few photographs.


  • 1919-1940

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Martin S. Garretson (1866-1955) was one of the founders of the American Bison Society in 1905 and for many years its secretary. He also served as an officer in the Plainsmen Society. For 17 years, he was curator of the Heads & Horns Museum at the Bronx Zoo, retiring in 1940.


1 box(es) (.25 linear feet)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Fred White Jr., 1976.


A detailed inventory of all material was made in 1984. A copy is in box 1.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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