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Allowances for transportation, photography, phonographic work:

Blackman, field work—maximum.

$100 00 Sheldon, photographic work...

25 00 Sheldon, phonographic work...

25 00 H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

PLAN FOR RESEARCH AND REFERENCE DEPARTMENT, SUBMITTED BY A. E. SHELDON, APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE BOARD,

MAY 10, 1906.

To the Executive Board of the Nebraska State Historical

Society: This is to request you to create a new department—the research and reference department—of this Society upon the following plan :

1. The new department to be independent of any other department in its organization, but to cooperate with the others toward common ends.

2. A secretary of research and reference department to be at its head. He to have direction and control of the department, the selection of assistants, the making and carrying out of plans, subject to the executive board, to whom he shall report.

3. The present director of field work to be secretary of the new department and to carry with him his present lines of work—except so far as may be arranged hereafter.

4. A special new field of work to be opened—the scientific collection, arrangement and indexing of data for the use of the Nebraska legislature and public officials, pursuing the general plan of the Wisconsin legislative reference department.

5. For the support of the new department there shall be set apart a sum ($ -) from the present biennial appropriation; also the receipts from membership fees directly traceable to circular letters to be sent out explaining the new constitutional archives volumes now in press and soliciting members on the strength of them. Separate estimates shall be made in the future for support of this department and submitted to the auditor and legislature.

6. Rooms. A room in the university library building next to the present Historical Society rooms shall be asked of the proper authorities, also one at the capitol during the legis. lative session.

7. Work to begin at once in this department. The secretary to be authorized to visit Wisconsin and study organization and methods there.

MEETING OF EXECUTIVE BOARD.

Lincoln, Nebraska, October 9, 1906. Called to order by President Miller. Present, Miller, Howard, Geisthardt, and Caldwell.

Report of Secretary of May 10, 1906, was read and approved as read. Report of office staff called for. Mr. Barrett had no report except written communication. Mr. Blackman reported on the collections, especially the Bristol collection, which has been secured as a loan collection. In explorations not much had been gained in new information, stone markings not determined. Request of Mr. Blackman to have some part of our collection stored in the city library. Permission was granted.

Mr. Sheldon reported on the work of the library reference bureau. President Miller then called for remarks and expressed himself as favorable to the matter. Professor Howard explained the reason for his support. Mr. Miller opened up the question of the program, various questions whether his plan of having some distinguished man to give an address one evening, as Mr. Estabrook, Mr. Cleveland, Governor Cummins, Woodrow Wilson, or J. J. Hill was wise.

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Mr. Barrett's resignation was presented. Professor Howard moved that it be accepted and that a resolution be authorized to be drafted expressive of appreciation of his work. Seconded by Mr. Geisthardt. Professor Howard discussed the work Mr. Barrett had done. Mr. Howard and Mr. Geisthardt were appointed as such committee.

Financing legislative bureau was taken up, discussed and approved. On account of Miss D. Palin's sickness, Miss Pearl Palin was permitted to continue her work. The personnel of legislative bureau was left to the Secretary and Mr. Sheldon.

H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

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RESIGNATION OF CURATOR BARRETT, 1906.

Lincoln, Nebraska, October 9, 1906. To the Executive Board of the Nebraska State Historical

Society: GENTLEMEN—I desire to be released from official connection with the Historical Society at the end of this biennium, April 1, and will ask you to act favorably upon the request at this time. Except detail work, there remains but one thing that I yet wish to do for the Society, and that I shall be able to do after my official connection with the Society has ceased.

It is probable that I shall not require all of the time between now and the first of April to complete what remains for me to do, and I shall therefore ask you to empower the Secretary of the Society to agree with me upon an earlier date than April 1st, in accordance with the completion of the work.

JAY AMOS BARRETT.

THIRTIETH ANNUAL MEETING, 1907.

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 15, 1907. Meeting of the State Historical Society called to order by President Geo. L. Miller. Moved and seconded that the Society adjourn to meet at 8:00 P.M. January 16, 1907. Carried.

H. W. CALDWELL., Secretary. GEO. L. MILLER, President.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 16, 1907. The meeting of the Society was called to order at 8:15 P.M. by the First Vice-President, R. L. Harvey, who introduced Dr. Geo. L. Miller, of Omaha, the newly elected President of the Society. Dr. Miller gave a few words of thanks for the honor conferred by his election as President of the Society. He then spoke in feeling terms of his predecessors, Hon. R. W. Furnas and Hon. J. Sterling Morton, whose deaths had left a great void in the ranks of the Society. Dr. Miller then stated that he had aimed to have some distinguished man to address the Society, but all efforts to do so had failed. He still hoped to have such an address at some future date. The educational spirit of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska impressed Dr. Miller favorably, and he rejoiced that he had lived to see such a spirit, and added that taxes might well be doubled for the cause of education.

The President then called the speakers who were on the program for the evening. Col. H. E. Palmer, of Omaha, presented a paper of very great interest on "Across the Plains, 1861-65.” Col. T. J. Majors gave a talk on the 1st Nebraska Cavalry and an outline of some phases of its history during and at the close of the Civil War. On account of the lateness of the hour, Mr. C. S. Paine declined to present his paper, which was read by title and handed to the Society for its use. The Society then adjourned to 8:00 P.M., January 17, 1907.

H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary. GEO. L. MILLER, President.

MEETING OF THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Lincoln, January 17, 1907. The Society was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by its President, Hon. Geo. L. Miller. Mr. Miller introduced Mr. Robert F. Gilder, the first speaker on the evening's program, in a few very felicitous words, as a journalist and artist, and one deeply interested in early Indian life in Nebraska. Mr. Gilder's paper discussed the "Indian Mounds near Omaha," and the finding therein of the remains of prehistoric man. The same subject was continued by Professor Erwin H. Barbour in an illustrated lecture on “Evidence of Nebraska Loess Man.” Mr. Blackman, the Curator of the Society, then discussed the Indian costumes and customs as illustrated in the D. Charles Bristol Collection.

The Society, after listening to the foregoing excellent and interesting program, resolved itself into its annual business session for the election of officers and the transaction of such other business matters as might come before it. The calling of the roll of members was dispensed with on motion of the Secretary, after he had counted more than a quorum present. The minutes of the last annual meeting were then read and approved. The Secretary next read the report of the Treasurer, which was received and referred to the executive committee for auditing. The list of names of those applying for membership was then read, and on vote of the Society were ali declared duly elected, and on payment of the customary fee of $2 entitled to active membership in the Society. The names were as follows:

I. D. Evans, Kenesaw.

J. A. C. Kennedy, Omaha.. Lafayette E. Gruver, Univer- Albert W. Crites, Chadron. sity Place.

Lysle I. Abbott, Omaha. Charles P. Anderbery, Min- James R. Hanna, Greeley. den.

William I. Allen, Schuyler.

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