I had dinner with my Dad last night and we were talking about my upcoming trip to Chickasaw Nation, where I’ll be presenting a lecture. I asked him if he wanted me to look up anything at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, which is a genealogy center. My Dad has done significant genealogical research into our family history. As an academic, I’ve always been amazed at the complexity and thoroughness of his genealogy research. I thought maybe while I was in Chickasaw, I could find out something paltry to supplement his work.
Much to my surprise he pulled out a box of postcards to show me. I didn’t think much about them really. It is a large stack all dated from the time before allotment in Oklahoma. I think he wanted me to donate some. I thought this was a good idea, then I saw it—Greetings from Ardmore, OKLA—postcard. I wanted to know who had written it and where it came from. As I started looking at the postcards, I saw that many were from as early as 1907 and they were addressed to Chickasaw, I.T. or Chickasaw, Indian Territory. I began to wonder what the story behind the cards was and to read them.
So, I’ve decided to explore these postcards. I’m going to document and photograph them and speculate a bit in my blog. I hope you enjoy the narrative. I’ll also take the cards with me on my trip to Chickasaw Nation in two weeks and see what happens there.