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RG 30/192 - Sela G. Wright (1816-1906)
Scope and Content

The collection of Sela G. Wright consists primarily of letters, 1847-66, written by Wright or his relatives. Included are Wright’s letters from Red lake, Minnesota, while among the Ojibway Indians, which are partly written in Ojibway; letters written while assisting Negroes in the South, 1863-66; a letter containing a description of a sailor’s death off Java, 1847; and a letter containing information concerning the funeral services by C.G. Finney for an Oberlin student, 1847. Also included is somewhat extensive genealogical information dating from the 1600s in England from Ms. Jean Wright, as well as Sela Wright’s Ojibway language manuscript. The archives also holds a framed copy of a drawing of Leech Lake by Anna Jane Wright.

Separate from the rest of the collection, the Archives holds two Native American Indian dolls (20" tall), one slipper with beaded trim, two 30" decorative leggings with applique design, one baby carrier with wooden base, and two beaded bags with beaded strap. Included among the artifacts is the wicker basket in which the material was received. Three photographs of the above artifacts are included with the textural materials in the collection.

Series Descriptions
This collection is not divided into series.

The collection of Sela G. Wright was received in four accessions in the years, 1969, 1974, 1982, and 1993.

Related Materials

For Sela Wright’s letters to the Treasurer (20 Mar 1835 and 12 Jan 1837), see RG 7.

See also the CD-ROM containing images of the artifacts in CD-ROMs (RG 32/5), RNG 42.

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