Jimalee Chitwood Burton was born in 1920 in eastern Oklahoma. She came to prominence with her collected poetry, prose, and traditional stories entitled Indian Heritage, Indian Pride: Stories That Touched My Life. Aside from her poetry and prose, Jimalee Burton is also known as a graphic artist who melded traditional motifs with contemporary themes and media. She served as editor of the intertribal newspaper, The Native Voice, for fifteen years.
Scope & Content Note
This collection contains one copy photograph of the 89er meeting in Oklahoma City around 1900. Some of the names represented are Governor William Henry Davis, “Alfalfa Bill” Murray, C.A. Compton, and J.A. Chitwood (Jimalee Burton’s father).
Inscription on reverse side of 1985.048.1:
“89’er meeting in Oklahoma City, OT.
Copy of the original in the Century Chest at Capitol.
(John) J.A. Chitwood, my father – shirtsleeves & vest – stands behind friends.
C.A. Compton – built original Compton House.
Gov. Bill Murray
Compton & Chitwood hunting pals, always
Chitwood Pony Express Rider, Quitman to Quanah, Texas
Cowboy on Col. Goodnight’s Ranch, Texas
Built his own ranch – “Cross J” Brand Tex. & Okla.
In great run 89 – staked claim Capitol Hill area
Opened tent store in O.C. Robinson area
1887 – Foreman of gang building Roundhouse Purcell St. on Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad – Helped drive “golden spike” – Built several stores on Rock Island Ry as it built west always had a ranch – Chitwood was part Cherokee as was his wife Mary – She started & built 2 Methodist Churches – Many prominent builders of Okla. in this picture.
William Hals – Frank Garret – Chas. Colcord
Written by Daughter, Jimalee Burton (No-chee-nee ) (Cherokee) Editor, writer, artist, music. Author of Is The American Indian Free, University Press, Norman, Okla. 1972.”
Murray, William Henry Davis
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Indians of North America
This collection was accessioned in 1985.
The Jimalee Burton Photograph and Explaination of Green Corn Dance is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted artwork images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.
Jimalee Burton Photograph and Explaination of Green Corn Dance, undated, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
| Series 1: Jimalee Burton Collection
Items have been cataloged in the Image Archive Database, but none have been scanned yet.
|Box/Folder #||Accession #||Folder Title/Description|
|1/1||1985.048.1||89’er meeting in Oklahoma City. 1900 ca. Roy Rodgers Studio. Photograph, b&w, 8×10 in.|
|1/2||1985.048||Partial folder. Inscription reads: “Green Corn Dance. Jimalee Burton. Years ago this was given to me in this folder, as is.”|
|1/3||1985.048||Four type-written copy pages of text, “Creek Indian Stomp Dance Or, Green Corn Dance.” Written by David Beaver. Inscription on first page: “Given me by Okamah Perryman Johnson, a relative of David Beaver, Creek Indians. Jimalee Burton (Ho-chee-nee).”|