Finding Aid to the William Alexander Carter Papers, 1837-1975, bulk 1860-1869

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Finding Aid to the William Alexander Carter Papers, 1837-1975, bulk 1860-1869

Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/75 p

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library Staff
Date Completed:
September 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Alexander Carter papers
Date (inclusive): 1837-1975,
Date (bulk): bulk 1860-1869
Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/75 p
Creators : Carter, William Alexander, 1820-1881.
Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes and 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 2.3
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The William Alexander Carter papers, 1837-1975 (bulk 1860-1869) contains Carter's business and personal papers as a sutler at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, mainly to Carter, along with legal papers, financial records, and items relating to Carter and to his family. The papers give a detailed view of a busy period during the history of Fort Bridger as a center of regional business and government, and likewise reflect the business, political, and personal aspects of Carter's career during an active and successful period. Carter's business involved people from all over the United States, but regional centers like Salt Lake City and St. Louis are particularly well represented, as is New York City.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Alexander Carter Papers, BANC MSS 99/75 p, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

William Alexander Carter Letterbooks, 1860-1884, BANC MSS P-M 200
William A. Carter Accounts, 1859-1888, BANC MSS P-M 201
William A. Carter Papers (unbound), BANC MSS P-M 202
Edgar N. Carter Papers, [circa 1910-1957], BANC MSS P-M 216
Views relating to Fort Bridger, Wyoming and the family of William Alexander Carter, BANC PIC 1905.07978-.07995--PIC and BANC PIC 1905.13063-.13064--PIC.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Carter, William Alexander, 1820-1881--Archives
Carter, William Alexander, 1820-1881--Pictorial works
Carter, James Van Allen, 1838-1896
Bridger, Jim, 1804-1881--Pictorial works
Auerbach, Herbert S. (Herbert Samuel), 1882-1945
United States Army
Frontier and pioneer life--Utah
Sutlers--West (U.S.)
Judges--Wyoming
Fur traders--West (U.S.)
Military supplies
Mines and mineral resources--Wyoming
Mines and mineral resources--Utah
Indians of North America--Wyoming
Real property--Wyoming--Uinta County
Land tenure--Wyoming--Uinta County
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
Fort Bridger (Wyo.)--History
Fort Bridger (Wyo.)--Pictorial works
United States--Politics and government--1849-1877
Wyoming--History--19th century
Utah--History--19th century
Wyoming--Politics and government
West (U.S.)--Commerce
Uinta County (Wyo.)--History--19th century
Business records
Contracts
Receipts
Notes
Photographs

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The William Alexander Carter Papers, 1837-1975 (bulk 1860-1869) were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Ken Lopez on January 7, 1993.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Charis Anne Baz Takaro and Lisa de Larios in October 1998.

Biography

William A. Carter of Virginia began his army service in the Seminole War and became a sutler or purveyor after his discharge. Later, as a Missouri settler and an 1850 overland emigrant to California, Carter came to Fort Bridger with Albert Johnston's Utah Expedition in 1857 and spent the rest of his life there as a sutler and post trader. In addition to his business provisioning emigrants traveling overland, Carter was active in mining, lumbering, and ranching. He was his own bookkeeper, a custodian of government funds, and served in a number of public offices, including those of probate judge, justice of the peace, and notary public. He was known as a friend of the Shoshone and Ute Indians. Carter unsuccessfully solicited an appointment as Wyoming Territory's first governor, and was a public relations man for Fort Bridger and the area, giving enthusiastic accounts during his regular trips to Virginia and Washington D.C. After his death in 1881 until 1890, his widow, Mary E. Carter, and their children carried on business at Fort Bridger.
Fort Bridger was a trading post in Utah Territory at Black's Fork on the Green River, in what is now Uinta County, Wyoming. It was established by mountain man, Jim Bridger, with Louis Vasquez, as an emigrant supply stop on the Oregon Trail in 1843, and was purchased by the Mormons in 1853. Burned during the Mormon conflicts in 1857, the fort was rebuilt in 1858 for use by the army and was run by Carter. Although the army leased the fort from Bridger, both Bridger and Brigham Young believed they owned the fort. Fort Bridger was an important supply station for emigrants traveling overland, and served as one of the main hubs of westward expansion used by mountain men, Indians, emigrants, Mormon pioneers, the U.S. Army, and the Pony Express. As Carter's residence, it also served as a social, cultural, and political center in the region, drawing guests from the East and those with business in the area. Carter's family continued to live at the fort until 1928, when it was sold to the Wyoming Historical Landmark Commission for preservation. Today Fort Bridger is a Wyoming State Park.

Scope and Content of Collection

The William Alexander Carter papers, 1837-1975 (bulk 1860s) contains Carter's business and personal papers as a sutler at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, mainly to Carter, along with legal papers, financial records, and items relating to Carter and to his family. The papers give a detailed view of a busy period during the history of Fort Bridger as a center of regional business and government, and likewise reflect the business, political, and personal aspects of Carter's career during an active and successful period. Carter's business involved people from all over the United States, but regional centers like Salt Lake City and St. Louis are particularly well represented, as is New York City.
Correspondence includes letters to Carter from high-level U.S. government and army officials, army personnel at regional forts, merchants, financial institutions and others involved in business affairs in the Rocky Mountains and in Utah Territory, along with a small number of letters from Carter. Also includes letters to J. Van Allen Carter and other Carter family members. Financial records of daily business operations at Fort Bridger reflect its role as a trading post and government supplier, while legal records relate to the Fort Bridger land ownership controversy between Jim Bridger, Brigham Young, and the U.S. government. Includes Carter's governmental appointments, contracts for army supplies between Carter and the government or other individuals, material relating to mining and petroleum claims and real estate, as well as documents generated by Carter as Probate Judge and by David A. Burr as Justice of the Peace at Fort Bridger. Writings by and about Carter include his brief notes on the Seminole War and on Indian activity at Fort Bridger, a "diary" probably compiled from letters he wrote to his wife, and other miscellaneous items.
Also included with the collection are the research materials gathered by Herbert Auerbach for a book or article on Fort Bridger. These include Auerbach's notes, documents copied from various institutions and publications, reminiscences collected about Jim Bridger, Louis Vasquez, William Alexander Carter, mountain men and trappers, and life at Fort Bridger, as well as photographs of Jim Bridger, William A. Carter, and the Fort Bridger area.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1859-1886, undated

Physical Description: Boxes 1-3; Box 4, folders 1-17

Arrangement

Divided into three sub-series: Outgoing, Incoming, and Letters neither to nor from Carter.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of letters to Carter; the very few that are from Carter appear to be duplicates copied by him or by a clerk. Some of the letters to Carter deal with financial, business or legal matters also reflected in other series. Letters neither to nor from Carter are few; these are mainly to James Van Allen Carter, with few to Richard Carter and miscellaneous other individuals. Correspondence is housed one letter in each folder.
 

Subseries 1.1 Outgoing 1860-1879, undated

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 1-37

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters written by William Alexander Carter.
Box 1, Folder 1

Carter, Richard H. 1860 July 11

Box 1, Folder 2

Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869 1862 June 28

Box 1, Folder 3

Filley, O.D. 1862 June 29

Box 1, Folder 4

Eaton, J. E., Major 1862 July 8

Box 1, Folder 5

Morgan, C. H., Lieutenant 1862 Oct. 7

Box 1, Folder 6

Rice, J. S. 1863 Jan. 26

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869 1864 March 20-April 4

Box 1, Folder 9

Hamilton, Richard H. 1864 Oct. 20

Box 1, Folder 10

Leavitt, D. B. 1864 Nov. 1

Box 1, Folder 11-16

Scatt, L. B. 1864 Nov. 23 -1865 Jan. 12

Box 1, Folder 17

Connor, P. E. (Patrick Edward), 1820-1891 1865 Jan. 23

Box 1, Folder 18

Scatt, L. B. 1865 Jan. 28

Box 1, Folder 19

Randall, Alexander William 1865 March 13

Box 1, Folder 20

Creighton, Edward 1865 May 11

Box 1, Folder 21-22

Sharp, John 1865 June 19 -26

Box 1, Folder 23

Stenhouse, T. B. H. (Thomas Brown Holmes), 1865 Sept. 2

Box 1, Folder 24

Carter, Mary E. 1866 March 23

Box 1, Folder 25

Hamilton, Richard H. 1866 April 13

Box 1, Folder 26

Carter, Mary E. 1866 May 22

Box 1, Folder 27

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 1867 March 6

Box 1, Folder 28

Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869 1867 March 12

Box 1, Folder 29

Grassee, J. M. 1867 May 4

Box 1, Folder 30

Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875 1868 July 28

Box 1, Folder 31

Paymaster General 1869 April 4

Scope and Content Note

By James Van Allen Carter, 1838-1896
Box 1, Folder 32

Jacobs, Edward C. 1871 Jan. 23

Box 1, Folder 33

Palmer, J. W., General 1875 May 9

Box 1, Folder 34

Clark, S. H. H. 1877 July 15

Box 1, Folder 35

Davis, O. F. 1879 Sept. 22

Box 1, Folder 36

Smith, John E., General 1879 Oct. 29

Box 1, Folder 37

Unidentified letter undated

 

Subseries 1.2 Incoming 1859-1886, undated

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 38-123; Boxes 2-3

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains incoming letters to William Alexander Carter from various individuals and companies.
Box 1, Folder 38

Adams, Thomas 1863 Nov. 16

Box 1, Folder 39

Armistead, W. B. 1861 Oct. 11

Box 1, Folder 40-42

Ashton & Tait 1863 Sept. 10, 1864 Oct. 28

Box 1, Folder 43-44

A.S. Parker & Co. 1860 March 13, 1861 May 18

Box 1, Folder 45

Babcock & Co. 1866 Nov. 14

Box 1, Folder 46

Bancroft, A.D. 1867 June 11

Box 1, Folder 47-48

Barrow & Co. 1864 Aug. 8-19

Scope and Content Note

By M. Spotswood
Box 1, Folder 49

Barrow, J. E. 1864 Aug 13

Box 1, Folder 50

Bateman, A. L. 1864 Oct. 7

Box 1, Folder 51-54

Bell, William 1860 March 28 -June 7

Box 1, Folder 55

Benedict, Hall, & Co. 1867 Aug. 9

Box 1, Folder 56-57

Birthright, J.P. 1864 Aug. 30 -Oct. 26

Box 1, Folder 58

Bittinger, J. S. 1864 March 10

Box 1, Folder 59

Bradley & Co. 1865 Nov. 20

Box 1, Folder 60

Brizzee, W. A. 1867 July 22

Box 1, Folder 61-62

Brown, Albert, Captain 1885 Nov. 21, 1886 Aug. 27

Box 1, Folder 63-65

Bryan & Hardcastle 1860 April 12, 1861 May 3

Box 1, Folder 66

Buchanan, A. S. 1864 Jan. 27

Box 1, Folder 67

Buford, John, Captain 1860 Sep 19

Box 1, Folder 68

Bullock, Thomas 1866 March 21

Box 1, Folder 69

Burleigh, Walter Atwood, 1820-1896 1868 July 26

Box 1, Folder 70

Burns, Samuel 1875 Sept. 6

Box 1, Folder 71

Burr, David A. 1861 Nov. 18

Box 1, Folder 72

Cabot & Senter 1863 Oct. 28

Box 1, Folder 73-74

Campbell, John. A., b. 1835 1869 July 12-Aug. 9

Box 1, Folder 75

Campbell, Robert, 1804-1879 1864 Dec. 23

Box 1, Folder 76

Carlysle, Henry 1864 July 7

Box 1, Folder 77-78

Carter, James Van Allen, 1838-1896 1866 Aug 11-29

Box 1, Folder 79

Carter, Moore 1864 July 30

Box 1, Folder 80

Carter, Richard H. 1860 June 20

Box 1, Folder 81

C. D. Sullivan & Co. 1862 June 21

Scope and Content Note

By I. Moshea
Box 1, Folder 82

Chamberlain, James 1867 Sept. 3

Box 1, Folder 83-84

Charless, Blow & Co. 1860 June 4, 1862 Jan. 21

Box 1, Folder 85-86

Chetlain, Augustus L. (Augustus Louis), 1824-1914 1868 Jan. 30-July 25

Box 1, Folder 87-88

Cisco, John J. 1861 July 9-Nov. 1

Box 1, Folder 89

Clampitt, John W. (John Wesley), b. 1839 1867 Nov. 16

Box 1, Folder 90-95

Connor, P. E. (Patrick Edward), 1820-1891 1865 June 8, 1866 Aug. 24

Box 1, Folder 96

Cornell, James 1865 Oct. 25

Box 1, Folder 97-98

Cowles, J. E. 1866 Nov. 28, 1867 April 23

Box 1, Folder 99-101

Crossman, G. H. 1860 Feb. 29-Sept. 17

Box 1, Folder 102

D. & H. Siegel 1865 Nov. 17

Box 1, Folder 103

Daniels, J. W. 1869 July 6

Box 1, Folder 104

Davis, Sallie J. 1864 Oct. 26

Box 1, Folder 105-114

Dean, Samuel 1863 June 11-1866 Sept. 6

Box 1, Folder 115

Denny, P.B., Lieutenant 1865 Dec 23

Box 1, Folder 116-117

DeWolfe, S. 1866 Dec 28, 1867 Oct. 17

Box 1, Folder 118

Dickinson, W.G. 1868 Dec. 23

Box 1, Folder 119

Doty, Governor J.D. 1865 Feb. 14

Box 1, Folder 120-121

Dyer Brothers 1860, Sept. 6-14

Box 1, Folder 122-123

Dyer, G.M. 1862 Nov. 22, Dec. 18

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Eldredge & Clawson 1867 Jan. 30-Aug. 12

Box 2, Folder 4

Ely, Charles P. 1863 April 18

Box 2, Folder 5

Esali, Gottlieb 1875 Aug. 22

Box 2, Folder 6

Ethier, Anthony, Lieutenant 1863 Feb. 8

Box 2, Folder 7-9

Field Brothers 1864 Jan. 16 - 1866 Nov. 26

Scope and Content Note

By John T. Field
Box 2, Folder 10

Field, Dayton 1864 Dec. 15

Box 2, Folder 11

Filley, Chauncey I 1860 Nov. 30

Box 2, Folder 12-13

Filley, O. D. 1860 Oct. 5-19

Box 2, Folder 14-15

First National Bank of Omaha 1867 March 1-23

Scope and Content Note

By H. W. Yates
Box 2, Folder 16

Foy, Charles 1862 March 24

Box 2, Folder 17

Fuller, Frank 1862 Jan. 23

Scope and Content Note

Acting Governor, Utah Territory
Box 2, Folder 18

Fulton & Terry 1862 Dec. 8

Box 2, Folder 19

George Sutch & Co. 1867 July 1

Box 2, Folder 20-21

Gilbert & Gorrish 1862 Aug. 30, 1863 May 29

Box 2, Folder 22

Glison, J. B. 1867 Nov. 13

Box 2, Folder 23-24

Gooding, O.P., Colonel 1862 Nov. 29, 1865 Feb. 18

Box 2, Folder 25

Greely, A. W. (Adolphus Washington), 1844-1935 1867 Dec. 8

Box 2, Folder 26-28

Green & Brother 1860 Jan. 11, 1861 Feb. 9

Box 2, Folder 29

Guild, Mrs. Charles 1879 June 17

Box 2, Folder 30

Hand, George 1867 Nov. 11

Box 2, Folder 31-32

H. & R. B. Whittemore & Co. 1864 July 27-Oct. 18

Box 2, Folder 33-34

Harriman, George C. 1864 Feb 8-29

Box 2, Folder 35

Hartnell, John 1859 Feb. 4

Scope and Content Note

Secretary, Office of the Governor, Utah
Box 2, Folder 36

Hatch, Abram, 1830-1911 1871 Jan. 24

Box 2, Folder 37-39

Helfenstein, Gore & Co. 1860 June 1-1863 July 15

Box 2, Folder 40

Heller, E. 1864 Sept. 26

Box 2, Folder 41-46

Hempstead, Charles H. 1865 March 19-1866 Aug. 6

Box 2, Folder 47

H. J. Rogers & Company 1871 Jan. 2

Scope and Content Note

By John W. Donnellan
Box 2, Folder 48

Holbert, Charles 1867 July 29

Box 2, Folder 49-50

Holladay & Halsey 1864 Dec. 1, 1866 April 6

Box 2, Folder 51

Hooper, Eldredge & Co. 1862 May 16

Scope and Content Note

By W. Clayton
Box 2, Folder 52

Howard, William 1864 Nov. 21

Box 2, Folder 53

Hughes, B. M. 1864 Nov. 11

Box 2, Folder 54

Hughes, L. D. 1864 Sept

Box 2, Folder 55

Hughes, L. W. 1864 Aug. 8

Box 2, Folder 56-69

Hunt, F. E., Major 1860 Feb. 15- 1861 Oct. 29

Box 2, Folder 70

Hussey, Dahler & Co. 1867 July 2

Box 2, Folder 71-72

Jackson, George 1859 Feb. 27- March 8

Box 2, Folder 73

J. A. Ware & Co. 1865 Nov. 11

Box 2, Folder 74-79

Jennings, William, 1823-1886 1864 Aug. 31- 1867 Feb. 22

Box 2, Folder 80

Jocelyn, S. E. 1865 May 24

Box 2, Folder 81

Jones, J. H. 1863 Oct. 7

Box 2, Folder 82

Kellen, Charles W. 1864 Sept. 29

Box 2, Folder 83

Kerlagh, Theodore 1864 Nov. 21

Box 2, Folder 84

Kimball & Lawrence 1868 March 13

Scope and Content Note

By Thomas W. Armstrong
Box 2, Folder 85-88

Kintzing, Charles S. 1863 Jan. 23-1866 Dec. 3

Box 2, Folder 89-91

Kittredge, W., Captain 1864 Oct. 1-1866 Aug. 23

Box 2, Folder 92

Komas, Richard D. 1874 July 15

Box 2, Folder 93-94

Kountze Brothers 1864 Oct. 17-Nov. 3

Box 2, Folder 95

Lathrop, Ludington & Co. 1864 Nov. 18

Box 2, Folder 96

Lechener, John A. 1861 Feb. 18

Box 2, Folder 97-98

Leed, James S. 1864 Aug. 11-Dec. 12

Box 2, Folder 99

Litchfield, A. T. 1866 Jan. 3

Box 2, Folder 100-107

Livingston, Bell & Co. 1859 Jan. 5-1862 Aug. 11

Box 2, Folder 108-110

Livingston, Howard 1862 Nov. 21-1865 Dec. 5

Box 2, Folder 111

Love, John A. 1864 Aug. 28

Box 2, Folder 112

Lynes, Edward 1864 Oct. 28

Box 2, Folder 113

Mansell, A. J. 1867 Sept. 13

Box 2, Folder 114-115

Mason, E. C. 1860 May 17-Sept. 19

Box 2, Folder 116

Matthewson, J. H., Captain 1865 Oct. 10

Box 2, Folder 117

Miller, A. B. 1860 Sept. 24

Box 2, Folder 118

Miller, J. R. 1866 Sept. 6

Box 3, Folder 1-11

Miners' National Bank 1867 Jan. 14-Oct. 22

Box 3, Folder 12

Moore, J. K. 1870 June 18

Box 3, Folder 13-16

Myers, W., General 1869 Aug. 27-1874 June 10

Box 3, Folder 17-21

Neels, John N. 1864 Aug. 29-1866 Oct. 6

Box 3, Folder 22

Neill, James 1865 Nov. 30

Box 3, Folder 23

Nevin, Jackman & Co. 1861 Sept. 7

Box 3, Folder 24

Nevin, J. C. 1864 Oct. 17

Box 3, Folder 25

Nicholson, Walter 1866 Oct. 30

Box 3, Folder 26

Nowlan, William 1863 April 14

Box 3, Folder 27

Owens, [ ] 1864 Sept. 30

Box 3, Folder 28

Palmer, J. W., General 1875 April 4

Box 3, Folder 29-30

Perry, J. C. 1864 July 30, 1865 July 5

Box 3, Folder 31

Petrie & Co. 1866 July 1

Scope and Content Note

By John H. McKee
Box 3, Folder 32

Postmaster General, Second Assistant 1863 Sept. 8

Scope and Content Note

By E. L. Childs
Box 3, Folder 33

Pratt & Fox 1864 July 8

Box 3, Folder 34-37

Price, George F., Captain 1864 Sept. 1-1867 Aug. 27

Box 3, Folder 38

Purple, Edwin R. (Edwin Ruthven), 1831-1879 1864 April 5

Box 3, Folder 39-43

Rasin, U. M. 1869 Nov. 2-1870 June 13

Box 3, Folder 44

Reid, Robert K. 1863 Nov. 14

Box 3, Folder 45

Rhodes, D. W. 1867 July 15

Box 3, Folder 46-57

Robert Campbell & Co. 1860 March 1- 1867 Dec. 5

Box 3, Folder 58-60

Root, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1837-1926 1864 Sept. 25- Oct. 12

Box 3, Folder 61

Ross & Barrett 1867 June 25

Box 3, Folder 62

Runyon, A. N. 1867, Sept. 4

Box 3, Folder 63-64

Russell, Majors, and Waddell 1860 Aug. 18, 1861 Aug. 30

Scope and Content Note

By John W. Russell
Box 3, Folder 65

Russell, Mrs. Joseph E. S. 1864 Dec. 26

Box 3, Folder 66

Russell, W. H. 1860 Oct. 17

Box 3, Folder 67

Sample, W. C. 1864 Feb 19

Box 3, Folder 68

Samuel C. Davis & Co. 1875 July 13

Box 3, Folder 69

Sharp, A. B. 1866 July 24

Box 3, Folder 70

Sharp, John 1863 June 2

Box 3, Folder 71

Sherwood, Charles K. 1867 April 18

Box 3, Folder 72

Shoemaker, F. M. 1865 Nov. 30

Box 3, Folder 73

Shrewsberry, W. S. 1866 Nov. 16

Box 3, Folder 74

Simmons, J. M. 1864 Jan. 7

Box 3, Folder 75

Sims, E. B. 1866 Aug 30

Box 3, Folder 76

Stein, Aaron 1865 Sept. 28

Box 3, Folder 77

Stein, Nathan 1866 Dec. 17

Box 3, Folder 78

Stewart, A. J. & B. F. 1860 July 31

Box 3, Folder 79-81

Stover, D. B., Captain 1864 Aug. 26-1865 Nov. 16

Box 3, Folder 82

Street, A. W. 1867 Sept. 17

Box 3, Folder 83

Strong, H. M 1863 April 13

Box 3, Folder 84

Thurmond, J. M. 1868 Feb 16

Box 3, Folder 85-88

Tierny, Frank 1869 June 25-July 26

Box 3, Folder 89

Titus, John 1864 Sept. 14

Box 3, Folder 90

Valdez, P. M. 1879 July 30

Box 3, Folder 91-92

Walker, James E. 1860 Nov. 9-1861 Jan. 24

Box 3, Folder 93

Wells Fargo & Company 1867 March 5

Box 3, Folder 94-95

Westbrook, R. L., Captain 1865 Jan. 18, 1866 Nov. 18

Box 3, Folder 96

Westwood, J. M. 1866 Dec 22

Box 3, Folder 97-98

Wilson, George, Jr. 1869 Nov. 23-28

Box 3, Folder 99

Wilson, Posey S. 1865 Sept. 21

Box 3, Folder 100

W. Kiskadden & Co. 1863 Aug. 15

Box 3, Folder 101

Wright, John 1862 Dec 6

Box 3, Folder 102

Wolfe, U. [Udolpho?] 1861 Jan. 20

Box 3, Folder 103-106

Wolff & Hoppe 1860 May 4-1862 Nov. 22

Box 3, Folder 107

Wood, W. 1865 July 21

Box 3, Folder 108

Woolworth & Barton 1867 Sept. 12

Box 3, Folder 109

Wright George R. 1869 June 16

Box 3, Folder 110

Young, Robert H. 1881 Aug. 26

Box 3, Folder 111-113

Zabriskie, E. B., Captain 1865 May 9-Dec. 2

Box 3, Folder 114-115

Illegible 1859 Jan. 18, 1860 May 19

Box 3, Folder 116

Miscellaneous calling cards and envelopes undated

 

Subseries 1.3 Letters neither to nor from Carter 1864-1877, undated

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 1-14

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters to other Carter family members as well as others involved with Fort Bridger.
 

Letters to James Van Allen Carter 1838-1896

Box 4, Folder 1

A. Kuhn & Company 1875 June 28

Box 4, Folder 2

Bradford, Brother & Co. 1874 Nov. 19

Box 4, Folder 3

Crichton, J. J. 1871 Feb. 8

Box 4, Folder 4

Edy, Augustus 1868 Nov. 5

Box 4, Folder 5

Forshey, Madison T. 1877 March 12

Box 4, Folder 6

O'Tool, John 1868 March 27

Box 4, Folder 7

Smith, Peter undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Summers, William 1877 March 10

Box 4, Folder 9

Wright, S. H. 1875 June 24

 

Letters to Richard H. Carter

Box 4, Folder 10

Brookie, A. V. 1875 Jan. 10

Box 4, Folder 11

D. & H. Siegel 1867 Jan. 1

 

Letters to John Sharp

Box 4, Folder 12

James Smith & Co. 1864 Oct. 30

Box 4, Folder 13

Kintzing, Charles S. 1865 Nov. 8

Box 4, Folder 14

Purple, Edwin R. (Edwin Ruthven), 1831-1879 1864 Aug. 7

Box 4, Folder 15

Catlin, Dick 1865 Sept. 27

Scope and Content Note

To Richard H. Hamilton
Box 4, Folder 16

Craig, James 1862 Aug. 3

Scope and Content Note

To General Ben Loan
Box 4, Folder 17

Simpson, J. H. (James Hervey), 1813-1883 1866 Jan. 28

Scope and Content Note

To T. C. Duvant
 

Series 2 Administrative Records 1857-1888, undated

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 18-76; Oversize Folder 1 A

Arrangement

Divided into two sub-series: Financial Records and Legal Records.

Scope and Content Note

Contains the business records of Carter's business at Fort Bridger, legal matters concerning Fort Bridger, as well as records of Carter's other roles at Fort Bridger.
 

Subseries 2.1 Financial Records 1858-1888, undated

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 18-66; Oversize folder 1A

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then alphabetically where appropriate.

Scope and Content Note

Contains bills, account summaries, and invoices or other statements from Carter's suppliers, financial institutions and others with whom he did business, as well as inventories of goods at Fort Bridger, advertisements, and instructions for items possibly purchased by Carter.
Box 4, Folder 18

Inventories of goods at Fort Bridger 1858, 1862, 1868, undated

Box 4, Folder 19

Advertisements and instructions for goods 1862-1864, undated

 

Bills, receipts, etc.

Box 4, Folder 20

Ashton & Tait 1864, 1866

Box 4, Folder 21

Benedict, Hall & Co. 1868, 1877

Box 4, Folder 22

Blow, Peter E. 1862

Box 4, Folder 23

Bryan & Hardcastle 1862-1863

Box 4, Folder 24

Charles S. Kintzing & Co. 1864-1867

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Charles S. Kintzing & Co. 1864-1867

Box 4, Folder 25

Eppler, Edward B. 1863

Box 4, Folder 26

Excelsior Manufacturing Co. 1862, 1868

Box 4, Folder 27

Filley, Chauncey I. 1861-1862

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Filley, Chauncey I. 1861-1862

Box 4, Folder 28

Gerard B. Allen & Co. 1868

Box 4, Folder 29

Gill & Brother 1862, 1864

Box 4, Folder 30

Gray & Crawford 1860

Box 4, Folder 31

Grimsley & Co. 1862, 1864

Box 4, Folder 32

H. & R. B. Whittemore & Co. 1859-1868

Box 4, Folder 33

Helfenstein, Gore & Co. 1859-1860

Box 4, Folder 34

Howard, Sanger & Co. 1868

Box 4, Folder 35

Irwin Jackman & Co. 1860

Box 4, Folder 36

J. Green & Co. 1862, 1866, 1867

Box 4, Folder 37

John V. Farwell & Co. 1869

Box 4, Folder 38

L. Cohn & Co. 1868, undated

Box 4, Folder 39

Leavitt, D. B. 1863-1865

Box 4, Folder 40

Livingston, Bell & Co. 1859-1861

Box 4, Folder 41

Missouri River Packet Line 1864

Box 4, Folder 42

Robert Campbell & Co. 1862-1868

Box 4, Folder 43

Robertson, John 1863-1878

Scope and Content Note

a.k.a. "Uncle" Jack Robinson
Box 4, Folder 44

Scarrit, Curtis & Mason 1868

Box 4, Folder 45

Simeon Leland & Co. 1864

Box 4, Folder 46

Stringer, Allen & Co. 1862, 1866

Box 4, Folder 47

Union Pacific Railroad Company 1875

Box 4, Folder 48

William L. Ewing & Co. 1868

Box 4, Folder 49

William Jennings & Co. 1864, 1866, 1868

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

William Jennings & Co. 1864, 1866, 1868

Box 4, Folder 50

Wolff & Hoppe 1861-1862

Box 4, Folder 51

Woolworth & Barton 1867, undated

Box 4, Folder 52-65

Miscellaneous 1858-1877, 1888

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Miscellaneous 1858-1877, 1888

Box 4, Folder 66

Miscellaneous envelopes 1866, undated

 

Subseries 2.2 Legal Records 1857-1878, undated

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 67-76

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains Carter's copies and original documents relating to the Fort Bridger ownership controversy, including items relating to or by Carter, Silas Reed, Randolph Barnes Marcy, and Jim Bridger. Also includes Carter's government appointments, contracts, mining and petroleum claims, real estate and miscellaneous legal or official documents, and drafts or copies of congressional acts, along with legal papers from Carter's role as Probate Judge and David A. Burr, Justice of the Peace, at Fort Bridger.
Box 4, Folder 67

Documents, correspondence, and notes regarding Fort Bridger ownership controversy 1857, 1872-1878, undated

Box 4, Folder 68

William A. Carter's governmental appointments 1858-1865

Box 4, Folder 69

Contracts between William Alexander Carter and the United States government 1859-1862, 1867

Box 4, Folder 70

Contracts between William Alexander Carter and others 1859, 1861, 1865, 1867

Box 4, Folder 71

Mineral and petroleum claims 1865, 1867-1868

Box 4, Folder 72

Miscellaneous real estate documents 1853, 1868-1869

Box 4, Folder 73

Miscellaneous legal or official documents 1860, 1862, 1868, undated

Box 4, Folder 74

Congressional acts undated

Box 4, Folder 75

Documents generated by William Alexander Carter as Probate Judge 1860-1861, 1867-1870

Box 4, Folder 76

Documents generated by David A. Burr as Justice of the Peace at Fort Bridger 1858

 

Series 3 Writings by and about Carter 1837-1924, undated

Physical Description: Box 5, folders 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes two manuscript notes regarding the Seminole War (1837) and Indian activity at Fort Bridger (1863), a diary (accompanied by remarks from one of Carter's children), and the True Story of Fort Bridger by Lulie Carter Groshon.
 

Carter, William A.

Box 5, Folder 1

Notes regarding Seminole War and Indian activity at Fort Bridger 1837, 1863

Box 5, Folder 2-5

"Diary", possibly compiled from letters to his wife with remarks by one of his children 1857-1859, undated

Box 5, Folder 6

"The True Story of Fort Bridger" Groshon, Lulie Carter circa 1924

 

Series 4 Herbert Auerbach's Research Material 1865-1926, undated

Physical Description: Box 5, folders 7-45; Oversize Folder 2 A

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains research material for an unpublished(?) book or article about Fort Bridger functions as a subject file on topics and personalities around Fort Bridger, and includes his own notes as well as clippings and other information sources. Although mostly undated, the files relate to Jim Bridger, Fort Bridger, Fort Supply, Camp Floyd, various individuals, including William A. Carter and Louis Vasquez, mountain men, trappers and traders, and related topics. Also includes photographs of William A. Carter, Jim Bridger, and Fort Bridger.
 

Jim Bridger

Box 5, Folder 7

Survey of land undated

Box 5, Folder 8

Reminiscences undated

Box 5, Folder 9

Excerpts and references undated

Box 5, Folder 10

Miscellaneous notes undated

Box 5, Folder 11

Letters undated

Box 5, Folder 12

Fort Bridger and Fort Supply undated

Box 5, Folder 13-15

Fort Bridger undated

Box 5, Folder 16-17

Mountain men, trappers, and traders 1925, undated

Box 5, Folder 18

Camp Floyd undated

Box 5, Folder 19

Auerbach article [?] undated

Scope and Content Note

Bibliography and first 23 pages missing
Box 5, Folder 20

"Journal history" 1865, 1868

Box 5, Folder 21

List of names undated

Box 5, Folder 22

List of photographers undated

Box 5, Folder 23

William A. Carter undated

Box 5, Folder 24

Louis Vasquez 1924

Box 5, Folder 25

Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez 1924

Box 5, Folder 26

Fur trade/explorers Andrew Henry and William Ashley 1922

Box 5, Folder 27

Fort Laramie and Fort Bridger Memorial undated

Box 5, Folder 28

Fort Laramie undated

Box 5, Folder 29

Lige Driscoll [Eligha Driskell?], Sam Smith, and Phil Mass undated

Box 5, Folder 30

Phil Mass and George Stoll undated

Box 5, Folder 31

General Patrick E. Connor undated

Box 5, Folder 32

Bob (Robert L.) Hereford undated

Box 5, Folder 33

Lewis Robison undated

Box 5, Folder 34

John Baker undated

Box 5, Folder 35

John Robertson undated

Scope and Content Note

a.k.a. "Uncle" Jack Robinson
Box 5, Folder 36

Jim Miller, Millersville undated

Box 5, Folder 37

Henry Perry undated

Box 5, Folder 38

Hiram Vasquez undated

Box 5, Folder 39

Miscellaneous notes, mostly illegible undated

Box 5, Folder 40

Sir George Gore undated

Box 5, Folder 41

Brigham Young undated

Box 5, Folder 42

Gowans, Fred R., and Eugene E. Campbell circa 1975

Scope and Content Note

Fort Bridger: Island in the Wilderness
Box 5, Folder 43

Photographs of Jim Bridger and Black's Fork Bridge 1889, circa 1880s

Box 5, Folder 44

Portraits of William Alexander Carter undated

Box 5, Folder 45

Miscellaneous pictorial material relating to Fort Bridger undated

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 2

Miscellaneous pictorial material relating to Fort Bridger undated