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Object ID RG0804.AM
Collection RG0804 Bellevue Settlers Club (Bellevue, Neb.)
Object Name Organizational records
Extent of Description 1 item
Title Bellevue Settlers Club bylaws
Dates of Creation 1854-1855
Year Range from 1854
Year Range to 1855
Admin/Biographical History Two events in 1854 prepared the way for settlement in Bellevue. In March the Omaha, Otoe, and Missouri tribes signed treaties relinquishing their claim upon land in most of eastern Nebraska. In May the Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed, opening Nebraska Territory to white settlement.

New settlers poured into Bellevue to claim land. Such claims were not legal until the land had been surveyed and an official government land office established. As a form of protection, Bellevue settlers formed their own claims club. Within months of its formation in September 1854, virtually all of the land in and around Bellevue had been registered with the Bellevue Settlers Club.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of one item, the Club Laws from 1854-1855. The Club Laws were devised by the Bellevue Settlers Club in order to systematize the registration of land claims in the Bellevue area. The laws detail requirements and restrictions set by the club.
Finding Aids Bellevue Settlers Club (Bellevue, Neb.) finding aid
Subjects Frontier & pioneer life
Search Terms Bellevue (Neb.) -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Bellevue
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Sarpy County
Land settlement -- Nebraska -- Sarpy County
Sarpy County (Neb.) -- History