William Elsey Connelly research papers on Wild Bill Hickok

William Elsey Connelly research papers on Wild Bill Hickok

Dates: 1925-1927

Materials include a number of correspondence and newspaper clippings related to William Connelley's research regarding Wild Bill Hickok. Dated from 1925-1927.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.15 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Connelley, William Elsey, 1855-1930
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1200
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Elsey Connelley Wild Bill Hickok research papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
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Initial citation: MSS SC 1200; William Elsey Connelly research papers on Wild Bill Hickok; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1200, LTPSC.
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Subject Terms
Material Types; Correspondence; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Publishers and Publishing; Hickok, Wild Bill, 1837-1876; Connelley, William Elsey, 1855-1930
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Annie Day, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013.)
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Connelly (William Elsey) research papers on Wild Bill Hickok
Finding Aid Author
Annie Day
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Biographical History

William Elsey Connelley (1855-1930) was an author, editor, and historian known for his works on Wild Bill Hickok, Kansas, and Plains Indian tribes. William Elsey Connelley was born in 1855 to Constatine and Rebecca J. Connelley. He worked as an author and editor in Kansas.

William Elsey Connelley was born in Johnson County, Kentucky. In 1890 after working a number of odd jobs Connelley began his career as an historical writer and researcher. He was instrumental in creating a cohesive narrative on the history of the state of Kansas. As a part of his work he wrote a "five volume history of Kansas" and a novel entitled "Indian Myths", and completed a great deal of research on Wild Bill Hickok.

Because of his extensive knowledge regarding the Wyandotte Tribe, Connelley was given power of attorney over the tribe. Eventually he was able to save sacred native lands.

He died in 1930.

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