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Black Elk collection

Identifier: C MSS -M570

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 12 original letters written to Black Elk's "grandchildren" Claude and Frances Hansen, Denver, Colo. (1947-1951); additional letters concern the Hansen's desire to collect American Indian related artifacts and tribal history; typescript of memoir: "Our Good Friend Black Elk" by Claude B. Hansen (n.d.); post card; envelope. Addresses include Neb., Colo., Mont. and S.D. Collection also available on microfilm (C MSS Mflm181).


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Black Elk (1863-1950) was a famous Medicine Man or Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). He was Heyoka, a second cousin of Crazy Horse. Black Elk was involved in several battles with the U.S. cavalry. He participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn (1876), and was injured in the Wounded Knee Massacre (1890). In 1887, Black Elk traveled to England with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show where the troop put on a command performance for Queen Victoria, whom they called "Grandmother England."


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Claude and Frances Hansen;1994.


Collection contains microfilm (Mflm 181).


Microfilm reel also contains: Edward Oliver Wolcott papers (WH422; Mflm182; RL1).

Finding Aid for the Black Elk collection1947-1951[manuscript]
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

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

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States