Creator: Schultz, James Willard, 1859-1947

Provenance Note: Two original manuscript letters from James Willard Schultz to Daniel S. Gage were donated to Special Collections by the University of Missouri, Columbia, on June 14, 1993.

Historical Note: James Willard Schultz (1859-1947) lived in and wrote about the northwestern portion of Montana now included within the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park. In 1877, at the age of 18, he traveled from his birthplace in Boonville, New York to Fort Benton, Montana Territory. He became interested in American Indians, and lived for many years with the Blackfeet Indians as an accepted member of their nation. Drawing upon his experiences on the western frontier he later wrote thrilling and colorful books and articles to make his living as an author. His success was notable in his own time, and many of his books remain in print. Dr. Daniel S. Gage was a graduate of the University of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and later was employed by Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Content Description Note: Two letters, postmarked Greer, Apache County, Arizona, from Schultz to Daniel S. Gage, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, apparently in answer to Gage's request for information on Blackfeet Indians and characters in Schultz's books.

Updated: 5/14/09