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This digital collection contains the earliest known depictions of the area that would become the city of Wichita drawn by the noted illustrator James E. Taylor (1839-1901).  The images show American Indians hunting and in their encampment, early trader settlements and ranches, a view of a wooded Arkansas River, and William Greiffenstein, one of the founders of Wichita.  Taylor probably made the drawings in 1867 when he was sent to Kansas as an artist and war correspondent to cover negotiations at the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty.  His work was published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Harper’s and other popular 19th century news magazines.
 

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  Finding Aid to Early Wichita Drawings Collection

 

 
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