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Collection Number RG0949.AM
Collection Name RG0949 Riley, Paul Davis, 1936-1981
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 7 boxes; 6.5 cu.ft.
Title Paul Davis Riley collection
Date or Date Span 1866-1981
Year Range from 1866
Year Range to 1981
Admin/Biographical History Paul Davis Riley was born May 2, 1936 in Trenton, Nebraska, to William E. and Grace Davis Riley. After graduating from Trenton High School in 1954, Riley attended the University of Nebraska and began working for the Nebraska State Historical Society. Riley was an active member of such organizations as the Western History Association and the Western Writersí Guild. Riley died on August 9, 1981 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Scope & Content The Riley collection contains large amounts of material related to the history of Nebraska and its people. There are four series: 1) Research Materials; 2) Correspondence, 1973-1975; 3) Vertical File Materials; and 4) Miscellaneous Materials.

Series 1, Research Materials, encompasses over half of the entire collection. Included here are mainly transcriptions of newspaper clippings organized by subject. Substantial material can be found specifically relating to Webster County history, Willa Cather, cattle ranching, various forts, the Pawnee tribe, and the genealogy of many pioneering families.

Series 2, Correspondence, 1973-75, is a small series of Rileyís letters to and from individuals regarding research he had helped them with or vice versa.

Series 3, Vertical File Materials, contains newspaper clipping transcriptions Riley had kept chronologically organized in binders. The bulk of the articles originate from the 1870s-80s. Riley appears to have cross-referenced these files with an index card collection also included in this series. The index cards are alphabetized by subject. See also Box 7.

Series 4, Miscellaneous Materials, consists of additional materials regarding the Cather family, research papers written by Riley, a copy of his obituary, and scrapbooks of political material from the 1950s.
Creator Riley, Paul Davis, 1936-1981
Finding Aids Paul Davis Riley finding aid.
Subjects Cattle ranches
Disaster relief
Forts & fortifications
Frontier & pioneer life
Gold rushes
Indians of North America
Indians of North America
Military life
Rain making
Sun dance
Trails & paths
People Anderson, John Foster
Ballantine, David Coulter, 1876-1959
Ballantine, John
Bookwalter, John Wesley, 1839-1915
Bowring, Eva Kelly, 1892-1985
Boyd, James Edward, 1834-1906
Brisbin, James Sanks, 1837-1892
Buck, Nelson, -1869
Buck, Royal, 1820-1890
Butler, John Paul
Byfield, John
Byfield, William
Cather, Willa Sibert, 1873-1947
Cody, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill," 1846-1917
Crawford, John Wallace "Captain Jack"
Daugherty, William E.
Didier, John B.
Dillard, George
Dorsey, Stephen
Griswold, Dwight Palmer, 1893-1954
Guerrier, Edmund, 1840-1921
Harmon, William Julius, 1849-1921
Hayes, Edward
Hoel, Aaron
Homan, Henry
Hunter, Gallant V.
Kennison, David
Lambert, Martha E.
Marshall, Francis
McDonald, Charles
Meinhold, Charles, -1877
Metcalf, George Stephen, 1900-1975
Middleton, David Cherry "Doc", 185?-1913
Miles, Lorena (Wellman)
Morris, B.P.
Omohundro, John Baker "Texas Jack", 1846-1880
Paxton, William A., 1837-1907
Reid, William A.
Riley, Paul Davis, 1936-1981
Speer, Olive N. (Baldwin), 1870-1965
Sutton, Everette Samson, 1893-1987
Sydenham, Moses Henry, 1835-1907
Taylor, William Z., 1845-1913
Ward, Aaron
Williams, Robert H.
Yager, James Pressley
Yake, James K., 1845-1902
Search Terms Arapahoe (Neb.) -- History
Battle of Arikaree, 1868
Beauvais family
Blizzards -- Nebraska
Brouhard family
Buffalo hunting
Burlington Railroad
Burress family
Camp Red Willow
Carter family
Cass County (Neb.) -- History
Cather family
Cattle ranching -- Nebraska
Cheyenne Indians
Clifford family
Coad family
Coe family
Cottonwood Springs (Neb.) -- History
Cram family
Crime -- Nebraska
Dauchy family
Drury family
Dundy County (Neb.) -- History
Elwood (Neb.) -- History
Estey family
Fort Kearny
Fort Laramie
Fort Lowell
Fort McPherson
Fort Niobrara
Fort Omaha
Franklin County (Neb.) -- History
Freighting -- Nebraska
Frontier County (Neb.) -- History
Furnas County (Neb.) -- History
Gammil family
Gillett family
Grand Island (Neb.) -- History
Grant family
Green family
Harlan County (Neb.) -- History
Harvey family
Hitchcock County (Neb.) -- History
Ilgenfritz family
Indianola (Neb.) -- History
Indians of North America -- Reservations
Indians of North America -- Wars
Ireland family
Julesburg (Kans.) -- History
Kearney (Neb.) -- History
Loomis family
Lynch family
Massacre Canyon, Battle of
Matlock family
McCook (Neb.) -- History
Minden (Neb.) -- History
Morrow family
Murders -- Nebraska
Nemaha County (Neb.) -- History
Nichols family
North Platte (Neb.) -- History
Overland trails
Pawnee Agency
Phillipsburg (Kans.) -- History
Pine Ridge Reservation
Plattsmouth (Neb.) -- History
Plum Creek Massacre
Powell family
Red Willow County (Neb.) -- History
Republican River (Neb.)
Richardson County (Neb.) -- History
Roper family
Royal Buffalo Hunt
Sanders family
Schwatka family
Shelly family
Sidney (Neb.) -- History
Sioux Indians
Stearns family
Sweitzer family
Thayer County (Neb.) -- History
Waits family
Warner family
Webster County (Neb.) -- History
Webster County (Neb.) -- History
Wood family