The Cy Davis Collection consists of diaries initially belonging to Johnny T. Spaulding, account books, photographs, artifacts, manuscripts, and biographies of the Davis family. The manuscripts include, "The Lives and Love of Buckskin Johnny Spaulding" a collection of narrative poems. Artifacts include over 1400 pieces of Native American artifacts, such as arrowheads, tools, bones, pottery, paintings, moccasins, jewelry, and more. Born in 1846, John Spaulding was a renowned pioneer of the Dakota region. He established early residence in the Belle Fourche area, drawn by the 1876 Gold Rush, and later became well acquainted with prominent regional figures, including Calamity Jane. He served with John Pershing in the Spanish-American War after which he moved to California. Spaulding married his long time love, Nettie, in August of 1927. They remained married until his death in 1932. The Cy Davis collection is available at the Center for Western Studies.
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