Cyrus Byington Letters

MS B99

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Byington, Cyrus, 1793-1868
Cyrus Byington Letters
Inclusive Dates
MS B99
0.05 linear feet (1 folder)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

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Acquisition Information

The Cyrus Byington Letters were donated to the University of Arkansas Libraries by Edward S. Byington of De Queen, Arkansas, in 1932.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff circa 1968-1978. Biographical note added during EAD conversion in November 2019.

Preferred Form of Citation

Cyrus Byington Letters (MS B99), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

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Biographical Note

Cyrus Byington was born March 11, 1793 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He practiced law beginning in 1814, but left the legal field to enroll in seminary. He began preaching in Massachusetts in 1819, then in 1820 led a group of missionaries to the Choctaw Nation; he would serve as missionary and educator among the Choctaw for much of his life, including establishing a school in Eagletown, Arkansas. He wrote a grammar of the Choctaw language, and translated seven books of the Bible into Choctaw. Byington passed away December 31, 1868.

Scope and Content Note

Letters written by Cyrus Byington to relatives in Massachusetts, while serving as a missionary to the Choctaw tribe near Eagle Town, Ark. 1 volume containing typescript copies of 31 letters.

Related Materials

Other Byington letters and papers are in the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Missionaries -- United States -- Correspondence

Choctaw Nation

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

    Box LOC 127

    Box LOC 127 Folder MS B99

    Cyrus Byington Letters, 1819-1861


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