Cherokee Nation, Gilcrease Museum partner to preserve ‘John Ross Papers’

By Staff Reports, Cherokee Phoenix, November 13, 2013

TULSA, Okla. – For Native American Heritage Month, the Cherokee Nation is partnering with Gilcrease Museum to preserve more than 2,000 historical Cherokee documents that reside in the museum’s archival collection. 

 CN officials presented the museum with $20,000 to preserve the “John Ross Papers,” a collection of more than 2,000 pages of former Principal Chief John Ross’ handwritten letters spanning from 1820 to his death in 1866. Ross was the longest serving Cherokee chief in history. He led the Cherokee people across the Trail of Tears 175 years ago and remained the Cherokees’ chief in Indian Territory until his death.

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