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Edward Palmer Manuscripts

First page of "Observations on the Apache Indians of Arizona"

Edward Palmer was an Acting Assistant Surgeon in the U. S. Army, and was later employed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture from 1865 to 1889. He was an amateur ethnologist, anthropologist, geologist and meteorologist.

This collection contains original manuscripts concerning native peoples, Arizona military posts, and journeys in the Southwest. Holograph manuscripts in various hands include observations of the Apache while stationed at Camp Grant, 1866-1867; the Pima, 1885; the Yuma, 1867, 1885-1889; life and events at Camp Lincoln (Camp Verde), 1865-1866; 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.