The Kathy Tucker - Lillie Hays Collection is comprised of letters written from 1874 to 1876 by Lillie Hays to her friend Nancy J. Thomas. Lillie Hays describes her journey from Pittsburgh to the Yankton Agency, her subsequent meeting with her superior Bishop Hare, and finally her life at the Cheyenne River Agency. The Collection is comprised of one box, which includes ten letters from Lillie Hays to Nancy J. Thomas and one letter from Henry Swift to Nancy J. Thomas. Also included are two reports by Bishop Hare about the Mission Fields. The Lillie Hays Collection would be helpful to anyone wanting to learn more about life as a missionary in the late nineteenth century. Interesting information within the collection includes reports from Bishop Hare, and insight into White-Native American relations in the late nineteenth century, including information on General Custer. The Kathy Tucker - Lillie Hays Collection is available at the Center for Western Studies.
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