Erl Bates Papers,[ca. 1920-1960]

Collection Number: 21-24-790

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Erl Bates papers, [ca. 1920-1960].
Collection Number:
21-24-790
Creator:
Erl Augustus Caesar Bates, 1889-1973.
Quantity:
1.6 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondance, printed material, typescript reports, memoranda, newsletters, and pamphlets.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers include correspondence and memoranda pertaining to the background and passage of a state bill (1920) appropriating $10,000 to the College of Agriculture for Indian extension work and to the early progress of this work; correspondence and printed, mimeographed, and typescript reports, memoranda, newsletters, and pamphlets pertaining to the Cornell Indian Boards, Six Nations' Agricultural Society, Indian Farmers' Schools.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Erl Bates was a physician and advisor in Indian Extension at the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University.
Dr. Bates worked with New York county farm bureaus and home bureaus and the New York State Department of Education for the benefit of New York's Native Americans.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Papers include correspondence and memoranda pertaining to the background and passage of a state bill (1920) appropriating $10,000 to the College of Agriculture for Indian extension work and to the early progress of this work; correspondence and printed, mimeographed, and typescript reports, memoranda, newsletters, and pamphlets pertaining to the Cornell Indian Boards, Six Nations' Agricultural Society, Indian Farmers' Schools, Indian student attendance at Cornell University "short courses" in agriculture and home economics, the De Yen Twas Society, formed by Cornell Indian students to promote the welfare of the Six Nations, especially in agriculture and homemaking, the New York State Indian Welfare Society, the Indian Rights Association; Indian participation in Farm and Home Week, the New York State Fair, county fairs, and the Indian Fair; Bates' work with farm and home bureaus, and the New York State Education Department; the work of the Home Missions Council and the Council of Women for Home Missions on the reservation, the Cayuga-Seneca Land Case, 1920, the Syracuse Americanization League, Inc.; and lectures given by Bates to various groups. Also, typescript and mimeographed histories concerning New York Indians and the origins of various fruits cultivated in the U.S. by Indians, mimeographed and printed historical tour guides for various New York counties, Indian legends, a copy of Bates' book, Tell Me an Indian Story , and newspaper clippings.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Bates, Erl Augustus Caesar, 1889-1973.
Cornell University--Students.
Cornell University. De Yen Twas Society.
Council of Women for Home Missions.
Home Missions Council of North America.
Indian Rights Association.
New York State Indian Welfare Society.
Six Nations' Agricultural Society.
Syracuse Americanization League.
University of the State of New York.

Subjects:
Agricultural exhibitions.
Agricultural extension work.
Home economics extension work.
Indians of North America--Agriculture.
Indians of North America--Education.
Indians of North America--History.
Indians of North America--Folklore.
Indians of North America--New York (State)
Iroquois Indians.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.
Tompkins County (N.Y.)--History.
New York (State)--History.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Erl Bates papers, #21-24-790. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Includes collection #21-24-1605.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Collection 21-24-790
Box 1 Folder 1-15
Correspondence (15 folders)
1851-1934
Box 1 Folder 16
History of the Indian Extension: copies - 16 a-f (7 folders)
Box 1 Folder 17
Indian Welfare Society
1920, undated
Box 1 Folder 18
Cayuga Indian Land Case (oil lease)
1921
Box 1 Folder 19
Indian Surveys (farms, homes, schools)
Box 1 Folder 20
Indian Students (applications, course schedules)
1921
Box 1 Folder 21
Indian Students: De Yen Twas Society
1921
Box 1 Folder 22
Finances: Indian students, Farm Week
Box 1 Folder 23
Mimeographs Cornell Indian Boards
1924-1933, 1961
Box 1 Folder 24
Mimeographs Cornell Indian Boards
undated
Box 1 Folder 25
Manuscripts, typescript writings
Box 1 Folder 26
Notebook: Origins in Agriculture: Indians and Fruit
Box 1 Folder 27
Mimeographs: Indian Stories a-c (3 folders)
1932-1933, undated
Box 1 Folder 28
Historical Tours a & b (2 folders)
1927-1928, 1930 and undated
Box 1 Folder 29
Newsclippings (incl. Ext. Ser. News) a-e (5 folders)
1919-1929 and undated
Box 1 Folder 30
Photographs
Box 1 Folder 31
Printed matter a-d (4 folders)
Box 1 Folder 32
Miscellaneous
1950, 1962
Box 1 Folder 33
Tell Me an Indian Story by Bates
1932
Collection 21-24-1605
Box 21-24-1605 1-2
Photographs, typescripts, and printed matter relating to Indians; includes pamphlet written by A.G. Zeller on Samuel de Champlain's incursions against the Onondaga Nation