Edward Palmer was an Acting Assistant Surgeon in the U. S. Army, and was later employed by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture from 1865-1889. He was an amateur ethnologist, anthropologist, geologist and meteorologist.
This collection contains original manuscripts concerning Native Americans, Arizona military posts, and journeys in the Southwest. Holograph manuscripts in various hands include observations of Apache while stationed at Camp Grant, 1866-1867; life and events at Camp Lincoln (Camp Verde), 1865-1866; Pima Indians, 1885; Yuma Indians, 1867, 1885-1889; journey from Fort Mohave to Williams Fork copper mines, 1870; journey from Prescott to La Paz, 1869; Montezuma Well, ca 1866; and Civil War notes, 1861-1866.