William R. Lewis [RG5529.AM]


RG5529.AM:  William R. Lewis

Papers:  1930s-1950s; 1995-1998

Macy, Thurston County, Neb.:  Writer; historian

Size:  0.2 cu.ft.; 1 box


This collection contains correspondence and manuscripts written by William Lewis, particularly regarding Native American legends and stories. Included are stories about Blackbird Hill, Mission Point, and steamboat navigation on the Missouri River. The materials dating from the 1990s consist of Carolyn Van Zandt’s research into steamboat navigation and other areas relating to Lewis’ writings. Van Zandt was interested in having the Lewis manuscripts published.

Note:  See the Library Catalog for the publication, The cry on Blackbird Hill, by W.R. Lewis [398.2 L677c].


Box 1


    1. Correspondence, 1935-1937, 1958

    1. “The Cry on Blackbird Hill”

    1. “Steamboat Days” typescript

    1. “Steamboat Days” typescript (photocopy)

    1. Strong-Bow and Little-Beaver (untitled) typescript

    1. “The Story of Mission Point typescript

    1. “The Indian’s Story” typescript

    1. “Indian Legends” newspaper clippings

    1. Copyright registrations/notices

    1. Lewis and Clark National Park Association

    1. Carolyn Van Zandt steamboat and other research


Subject headings:

Blackbird Hill (Mo.)

Indians of North America — Folklore

Lewis, William R.

Missouri River — Navigation

Omaha Indians — Folklore

Steamboats — Missouri River — History

Van Zandt, Carolyn


TMM   06-25-2008; 12-22-2021

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