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Collection Number RG0741.AM
Collection Name RG0741 Belden, George Pfouts, 1844-1871
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 reel of microfilm
Title Dictionary of the Snake, Crow, and Sioux
Date or Date Span 1868
Date 1868
Admin/Biographical History George P. Belden was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio in 1844. He ran away from his Ohio home sometime between 1855 and 1857, and settled in Brownville, Nebraska Territory. During the Civil War, Belden served in the 1st Nebraska Infantry, the 1st Nebraska Veteran Cavalry Volunteers, and the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry, rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He later received a Lieutenant's commission in the regular army and held assignments at Ft. Phil Kearney, Dakota Territory, Ft. D.A. Russell, Wyoming Territory and Ft. McPherson, Nebraska Territory. He was court-martialed in 1869 and cashiered on November 4, 1869. He died in 1871, either the murder victim of an Unkpapa Sioux or of a half-breed with whom he had quarreled.

Belden, as a hunter, trapper, and guide, lived among the Plains Indians. His experiences are chronicled in Belden, The White Chief; or Twelve Years Among the Wild Indians of the Plains, available in the Nebraska State Historical Society Library. Photographs are available in the photo component of this collection (RG0741.PH).
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of one volume of manuscript material on one reel of microfilm. Entitled "Dictionary of the Snake, Crow, and Sioux," this material was compiled by Lt. George P. Belden while he served with the U.S. 2nd Cavalry at Ft. Phil Kearney, Dakota Territory. Belden's Dictionary includes a profile map of the road from Ft. Smith to Ft. Phil Kearney which shows the Crow and the English names for the waterways shown; a listing of Indian names with their English translations and an explanation of their meaning; translations of numerals and colors; and a semi-alphabetical listing of English words and their translation into Snake, Crow, and Sioux.
Creator Belden, George Pfouts, 1844-1871
Copyrights The microfilm was purchased from the Bureau of American Ethnology. Contact them for reproduction and copyright information.
Finding Aids George Pfouts Belden finding aid
Location of Originals Bureau of American Ethnology
Subjects Indians of North America
People Belden, George Pfouts, 1844-1871
Search Terms Crow Indians -- Language
Dakota Territory -- Maps
Siouian Indians -- Language
Snake Indians -- Language