SNRC officially opened the James W. and Sallie E. Frazier Collection on 24 April.
The Frazier Collection is a treasure-trove of original source documents related to Gideon Morgan, a prominent Cherokee politician in Indian Territory and the early days of Oklahoma statehood, and his extended family and related families. The documents range from 1811 to 2010, with Cherokee land allotment and citizenship records; personal letters on politics and family life; business records related to slavery, steamships, hotels, real estate, and publishing; records of teaching and education organizations, and journals; coming from Tennessee, Arkansas, Indian Territory, and Oklahoma. Associated with the documents are hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings, advertising, and other printed matter ephemera. The families represented included the Morgans, Bells, Yeatmans, Erwins, Staplers, and Ivies. The collection includes over 20 cubic feet of documents as well as artifacts (including a Civil War era trunk, portraits, furniture, and basketry).
Mr. and Mrs. Frazier attended the opening reception and Mrs. Frazier spoke, relating the history of the collection and how it was assembled.