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R. D. Spratt "Notes on the Choctaw Indians, their language, etc."

Identifier: MSS-0298

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two late nineteenth century volumes by R. D. Spratt dealing with the history, legends, and language of the Choctaw Indians. While a significant portion of the handwritten ledger deals with the language and vocabulary of the Choctaw, the typewritten bound volume deals mainly with the history and not as much vocabulary. It does contain several Choctaw translations of Bible verses and stories as well as several photographs. The collection also contains a letter from Wade Coleman, Jr. of Livingston, Alabama, to Mary Gorgas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (the envelope is pasted on one of the back endpapers), five photographs of unidentified Indians and places, as well as two separate typewritten pages of information about the Choctaw.


  • circa 1900


Language of Materials

English; Choctaw

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Biographical / Historical

Robert D. Spratt was born on 25 February 1879 and died on 11 November 1950. Besides the volumes on the Choctaw Indians, he also wrote A History of the Town of Livingston, Alabama.


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Nineteenth century volumes by R. D. Spratt dealing with the history, legends, significant members, and language of the Choctaw Indians


Unknown (T.P. Thompson?)


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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266