Post by Diane Merkel on Jun 8, 2006 21:03:24 GMT -5
Archives specialist Lori Cox-Paul said she did not realize materials transferred to Kansas City from the National Archives in Washington held a historical treasure. Washington staff wants to make more original documents available to researchers at the Central Plains Region of the National Archives. Central Plains serves Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas.
Paul said she immediately recognized names from George Armstrong Custer's command on the papers.
"It seemed serendipitous to have these documents sent this month as the 130th anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn nears," Paul said. "The letters and other documents are not smoking guns as far as a relationship to the battle, but it is more important taken in the total scheme that these records epresent the daily life of some names that many people know. The side benefit is recognizing the 130th anniversary."
Paul shared samples from a collection she calls "Boots and Saddles: George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry in the Records of the Central Plains Region." The display opens June 19 and closes Aug. 31 at the archives, 2312 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, Mo.