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Collection Number RG0870.AM
Collection Name RG0870 Culbertson, Alexander, 1809-1879
Identifier Correspondence
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title Alexander Culbertson collection
Date or Date Span 1918-1951
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1951
Admin/Biographical History Born in 1809, Alexander Culbertson went to work for the American Fur Company in 1829. He was in charge of trade at Fort Mckenzie, Dakota until 1840 then Fort Union and Fort Laramie. He established Fort Benton, the first permanent settlement in Montana and married Na-Ta-Wis-Cha a Blackfoot maiden about 1840. In 1851 he was appointed as interpreter and special agent of the U.S. Government. He died August 27, 1879 and is buried at Orleans, Nebraska.

See his "Find-A-Grave" record for more information.
Scope & Content This collection contains miscellaneous research correspondence written in 1918, 1941, and 1950-1951. The letters relate to Alexander Culbertson, to his life as a fur trader in Montana, and to his family. Bibliographical sources are given for further information about Culbertson. Correspondents include A.E. Sheldon, Hugh Butler, Charles Kessler, W.R. McGeachin and Ernest S. Griffith.
Related units of description See the photo component [RG0870.PH] for images.

See the NSHS Library for:

978 W8118 - Wishmann, Lesley, "Frontier Diplomats"
759.197 N583n - Nicandri, David L., "Northwest Chiefs"
Subjects Fur trade
People Butler, Hugh Alfred, 1878-1954
Culbertson, Alexander, 1809-1879
Griffith, Ernest S.
Kessler, Charles N.
McGeachin, William Rankin, 1882-1965
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Search Terms American Fur Company
Culbertson family
Fort Union (Mont.)
Fur traders -- Montana
Montana -- Biography
Orleans (Neb.)