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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3125.AM:  LeRoy Bisbee, 1874-1963



Papers, research materials:  1854-1960

Arlington, Washington County, Neb.:  Historian

Size:  1.5 cu.ft.; 2 boxes and 3 scrapbooks



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



LeRoy Bisbee, 1874-1963, was descended from one of the early settlers of Fontanelle, Nebraska. As a local historian, he accumulated a large amount of personal reminiscences and historical and biographical material dealing with Fontanelle and Washington County, Nebraska.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection is arranged in eleven series: 1) Correspondence, 1856-1960; 2) Histories of Fontanelle; 3) Histories of Washington County; 4) Biographical sketches of early settlers; 5) Nebraska University at Fontanelle; 6) The Nebraska Colonization Company; 7) Churches and church groups; 8) Narratives; 9) Miscellaneous receipts, notes, and pamphlets; 10) Clippings and printed articles; and 11) Scrapbooks.



The materials relate to the early history of Fontanelle, Nebraska Territory, and of Washington County. The collection includes a great deal of information about and by early settlers in the area, and about the Nebraska University established at Fontanelle in 1857.



Correspondents include: C.B. Bisbee, 1871; Mrs. George A. Custer, 1923; James W. Dawes, 1889; Mary Welles Gaylord, 1882; Reuben Gaylord, 1887; Mrs. E.R. Kline, 1879-1881; Waldo Lyon, 1866; David H. Mercer, 1900; Arley B. Show, 1889-1890.



Note:  For related materials see Nebraska Colonization Company [RG4369]; Logan Fontenelle [RG1001]; and Fontenelle Family [RG1738]. The NSHS Library collection contains numerous publications about the history of Fontanelle and Washington County as well as members of the Fontenelle family. The Nebraska History Index also contains references to various related articles.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1856-1960



Box 1

Folder




  1. 1856-1900

  2. 1901-1960



Series 2 – Histories of Fontanelle




  1. Five manuscripts



Series 3 – Histories of Washington County




  1. Four manuscripts



Series 4 – Biographical Sketches




  1. Includes material on most of the early settlers in the area



Series 5 – Nebraska University




  1. Mostly minutes of the “Executive Committee of the University” between 1858 and 1869 [transcripts only]



Series 6 – Nebraska Colonization Company




  1. Constitution and minutes, 1854-1857



Series 7 Churches and Church Groups




  1. Historical notes



Series 8 – Narratives




  1. Death and burial of Logan Fontanelle

    flour mill

    grass hopper plague

    Trail From Omaha to Decatur, 1857, unsigned



Series 9 – Miscellaneous




  1. Receipts, a marriage license, a deed

  2. Nebraska University bulletin, 1868; items on Gen. George A. Custer and John C. Fremont

  3. Four pamphlets, souvenirs of the Custer monument and museum



Series 10 – Clippings and Printed Articles



Box 2

Folder




  1. Articles from magazines and books on historical topics

  2. Articles from magazines and books on historical topics

  3. Newspaper clippings on historical topics

  4. Newspaper clippings on historical topics



Series 11 – Scrapbooks



Volume




  1. Pictures and articles about Custer and the Sioux

  2. Pictures and articles about Indians

  3. Pictures by Frederick Remington



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Bisbee, LeRoy, 1874-1963

Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876

Fontanelle (Neb.) — History

Fontenelle, Logan, 1825-1855

Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1890

Grasshoppers — Nebraska

Mills and millwork — Nebraska

Nebraska Colonization Company

Nebraska University (Fontanelle, Neb.)

Washington County (Neb.) — History



 



Revised 04-15-2009   TMM