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RG0789.AM:  Earl Alonzo Brininstool, 1870-1957

Papers:  1929-1942

Los Angeles, California:  Author

Size:  Three folders


Born in New York in 1870, E.A. Brininstool spent most of his professional life in Los Angeles, California. He was a prolific author of books and articles on the Indian Wars. He died July 28th, 1957.


The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and articles relating to Earl Alonzo Brininstool. The correspondence is between Brininstool and Addison E. Sheldon of the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the letters date from 1929-1935. The bulk of the correspondence is in regard to the editing and publication of various manuscripts by Brininstool.

Some of the articles and manuscripts include such titles as:

  1. The Hero of the Arickaree: Personal experience of John Hurst of Forsyth’s Scouts at the Battle of Beecher Island.

  2. The Legend of Crow Butte by Dr. Anna Cross.

  3. Clippings about Crazy Horse.

  4. Story of Gen. Jesse M. Lee.

  5. When Oklahoma Was Wild.

  6. Major Reno Vindicated: An Interesting Analysis Justifying His Conduct of the Fight in the River Bottom and Timber, During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25-26, 1876, Commonly Referred to as Custer’s Last Fight. (With Comments by E.A. Brininstool)

  7. Strategic Return of the Dull Knife Band of Cheyenne Indians Which Resulted in Their Death in 1879.

  8. The Fetterman Massacre: One of the Greatest Tragedies in the History of Fort Phil Kearny.

See the photo component [RG0789.PH] for related images.

See the Library Catalog for various publications by E.A. Brininstool.

Additional Brininstool papers are held at the University of Texas at Austin.


Subject headings:

Brininstool, Earl Alonzo, 1870-1957

Crazy Horse, ca. 1840-1877

Crow Butte (Nebraska)

Fetterman, William Judd, 1833?-1866

Fort Phil Kearny (Wyoming) — History

Frontier & pioneer life

Hurst, John, 1841-1920

Indians of North America

Lee, Jesse M., 1843-1926

Military life

Reno, Marcus Albert, 1834-1889

Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943