George and Lucy Sword diaries

George and Lucy Sword diaries

Dates: 1889-1896

Three volumes of journals, all photocopied. The covers say 5-947: Department of the Interior. US Indian Service. The books are related to the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota, and the Oglala Boarding School. There are lists of English names with corresponding Native American names. There are drawings. There are lists of words, mostly in another language, possibly Oglala or Lakota. Occasionally, the words Captain George Sword or Lucy Sword appear. Financial notes have also been written in the diaries. Volume 1: 1892-1896. Volume 2: 1891-1894. Volume 3: 1889-1892.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Sword, George
  • Call Number: MSS 4174
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Content restricted indefinitely; stored for security purposes only.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George and Lucy Sword diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4174; George and Lucy Sword diaries; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4174, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Cora Thunderbull Merrill in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Cora Thunderbull Merrill; 1989.
Subject Terms
Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Pine Ridge Agency; Diaries; Indians of North America--South Dakota; Material Types
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 26 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Sword (George and Lucy) diaries
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George Sword was born about 1846 in Nebraska. He was of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian tribes. He married Lucy, born about 1866, in 1886 at the Pine Ridge Indian Agency, Shannon, South Dakota.

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