J.A. Blankenburg Collection

J. A. Blankenburg Collection, 1880s
2 folders
Location: 0622
Accession #: H.153


Featured in this collection are two photographs of the Harrington family at their homestead in Oklahoma during the early 1900s, in addition to a Kingfisher, Oklahoma land office certificate signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 granting a specified plot of land to Andrew J. Harrington and his family.


No biographical information concerning J.A. Blankenburg or Andrew J. Harrington accompanied the collection. For more information about the Land Run, visit the virtual exhibit Rushes to Statehood: The Oklahoma Land Runs.

This collection contains two 5 x 7 inch mounted photographs of the Andrew J. Harrington homestead of the early 1900s west of the Indian Meridian in Oklahoma. A land office certificate signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, an appointment of James Canary as Deputy Sheriff and Jailer in Blaine County, and various news clippings. There is a panoramic mailing card photograph of Clinton, Oklahoma, although it is folded into fourths and heavily creased.

Personal Names:
Harrington, Andrew J.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Subject Headings:
Frontier and pioneer life
Land Rush
Land Office

No date of accession accompanied the files for this collection, but it is likely it was acquired in the 1960s or 1970s. The scope and content note was written by librarian Karen Spilman in March 2003. The current finding aid was written and updated online by archivist/librarian Laura Anne Heller on February 12, 2010.

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

J. A. Blankenburg Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Series 1: J. A. Blankenburg Collection
Photographs have been cataloged in the Image Archive Database but have not been scanned yet.
Box/Folder # Accession # Folder Title/Description
1/3 Documents
H.153.01 Homestead certificate of the Register at the Land Office at Kingfisher, Oklahoma, for Andrew Harrington, on July 1, 1903. Signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. The land claimed is the “North East quarter of Section fourteen in Township fourteen North of Range sixteen West of Indian Meridian in Oklahoma containing one hundred and sixty acres.” Notarized by the United States Federal Land Office. Certificate #5915, Application # 13412. Recorded Oklahoma, Vol. 101, Page 87.
H.153.18 Department of the Interior, Bureau of pensions, request for name, rank, company, regiment, state, service, date of enlistment and discharge, and present address. Green B. Raum, Commissioner. Stamped several times on reverse side: Mr. John W. McDown, El Reno, Oklahoma.
H.153.15 National Tribune, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 27, 1887 – Supplement, Vol. VII, No. 324. Page 9-10, front and back.
H.153.04 “Office of Sheriff of Blaine County, Okla. Ty., Wm. Wilson, Sheriff.” Sheriff William Wilson appoints James Canary, Deputy Sheriff of Blaine County, to duty as Jailor in Watonga, OT. Dated May 22, 1894, and signed by William Wilson. Signed by J.C. Canary. Subscribed and sworn in by Geo. Rainey, County Clerk, May 22, 1894. Color photocopy included. Record was torn into six pieces and taped together. Tape began deteriorating and has been removed. [1]
H.153 Envelope in which Blankenburg Collection’s photographs and certificates arrived. Includes slip of paper identifying appointment of James Canary.
1/4 Photographs
H.153.16 “Clinton, Okla.” Published for W.T. Bingenheimer, Clinton, Okla. Folded. Panoramic mailing card photograph, b&w, 27.5 x 4.25 in. [1]
H.153.02 Possibly the Andrew J. Harrington family on their homestead in Oklahoma. Circa late 1800s or early 1900s. Written in pencil on reverse side, “Myer.” Photograph, mounted, b&w, 5×7 in.
H.153.03 “Andrew J. Harrington homestead.” Circa early 1900s. Written in ink on reverse side, “Andrew J. Harrington, b. 1837 – d.1921. NE of Custer City, wife, and grandmother of Mrs. Blankenburg, who was born in the house on the right. Young woman is her mother. See homestead certificate #5915.” Photograph, mounted, b&w, 5×7 in.