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William H. Coon papers

Call Number: MS 969

Scope and Contents

These papers pertain to a lawsuit brought in 1951 by chiefs of the Seneca Nation living on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation in New York State to remove Mrs. Carrie Blueye from the reservation as an intruder, since her mother was Tuscarora and not Seneca. They are the papers of William H. Coon, a retired attorney and former district attorney of Genesee County. Coon was acting as an adviser to the current district attorney, Wallace J. Stakel, who was the prosecuting attorney in the case. Included is correspondence exchanged between Coon and Stakel providing background information on the case, memoranda concerning suggestions for the district attorney's brief, trial memoranda and briefs, and newspaper clippings about the case.


  • 1932-1953


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The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1965.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, legal briefs, and newspaper clippings, relating to the legal case of Carrie Blueye, in Genesee County, New York.

Biographical / Historical

Trustee of the Village of Batavia, N.Y., 1902-1903; Justice of the Peace of the Town of Batavia, 1904-1907; District Attorney of the County of Genesee, N.Y.,1908-1916; City historian of the City of Batavia, 1919-); City attorney of the City of Batavia; New York State Attorney for the Tonawanda Nation of the Seneca Indians, 1908-1916 and 1928-1939.

Guide to the William H. Coon Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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