Place of Publication: Tullahassee Manual Labor School, Creek Nation, Wagoner County, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) (1870-1875)
Volume and Issue Data: The Creek Boys’ and Girls’ Monthly (Vol. 1, No. 1, Dec. 1870-Vol. 1, No. 5, April 27, 1871); Our Monthly (Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan. 1873-Vol. 4, No. 10, Oct. 1875); may have run as late as 1876
Size and Format: Two columns, published in both Creek and English languages
Editor/Publisher: William S. Robertson and Ann Augusta Robertson (1870-1875)
Title Changes and Continuation: The Creek Boys’ and Girls’ Monthly (1870-1871); Our Monthly (1873-1875?)
General Description and Notes:
The first volume (1870-1872) of the small, two-column monthly appeared only in manuscript. Later issues were printed on a hand press donated by Creek National Council.
The Rev. William S. Roberston, a Presbyterian missionary associated with the Tullahassee school since 1850, assisted by his daughter Ann Augusta, edited contributions mostly from Creek student exercises. The purpose of the paper was “the moral and intellectual improvement” of the students, and to “give the Creeks parts of the Bible and religious songs in their own language.” In addition to student work, the Robertsons solicited writings from any Creeks who were interested in the school or its publications. The monthly’s manuscript editions were received so well by the community that the Creek National Council provided funds to purchase a printing press and appropriated $100 annually to cover printing 1,000 copies per issue a year. Copies were distributed free in the Creek Nation. Our Monthly first appeared in print in Jan. 1873.
The paper was published in both Creek and English, with many issues almost entirely in Creek. Ann Eliza Robertson translated some articles, scripture passages and hymns into Creek while others were written by Creeks.
In addition to general news about the Creek nation and education matters, the paper also published political commentary. For example, an 1875 Creek letter called for the repeal of the Treaty of 1866, which gave railroads a claim to Indian land. Local advertising and local news also appeared.
Bibliography: Althea Bass, The Story of Tullahassee (Oklahoma City: Semco Color Press, 1960); Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936); James Constantine Pilling, Bibliography of the Muskhogean Languages (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889); James E. Murphy and Sharon M. Murphy, Let My People Know: American Indian Journalism, 1828-1978 (Norman: University, 1981), 59; David F. Littlefield, Jr. and James W. Parins, American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984), 293-296.
Locations: Danky and Hady; OkMu; OkTu; ULS