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Rachel Walcott Papers

Identifier: MSS-543-BC

Scope and Content

The Rachel Walcott papers represent a bureaucratic dialogue between various government agencies concerning the murder of Samuel T. Walcott and James McNally, allegedly by two Navajo Indians on March 31, 1884, in the Territory of Arizona. The Indians, Osh-ka-ni-ne and Ten-nai-tso-si were pursued and arrested on July 10, and July 18, 1884.

Interestingly, McNalley's remains were never recovered and this has led to the rise of local folk tales.

The collection is comprised of 38 documents that give insight into early policies exercised by the War Department, the Department of the Interior Office of Indian Affairs, the United States Indian Service's Navajo Agency and others.

The collection reflects multi-cultural misunderstandings and a general unwillingness of two cultures to recognize differing cultural value systems.


  • 1883-1902

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


1 box (.25 cu. ft.)

Relevant secondary sources

  • Article; The Desert Magazine, October 1943, pp.19-23
Finding Aid of the Rachel Walcott Papers, 1883-1902
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131