Historical Resources

Travel OK Article
A small description of the Wichita people in the Oklahoma travel guide

Journal Record Resources
This resource has many old and new news articles involving the tribe, a great resource for current and past events involving the Wichita

State of Oklahoma Indian Education Guide
State research on the tribe including government mandates affecting the tribe, history and original land of the tribe, maps and more

National Indian Law Library
National database on legal proceedings involving the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

Oklahoma History Center 
Has a collection of records related to the reservation years and the allotment era, photographs and publications like the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and the Chronicles of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Historical Society

Indian Claims Commission Cases

Claims Commission Cases Specific to Wichita

Go to Special Exhibits, click on Plains Villagers of the Texas Panhandle.
Go to Site Explorer, click on the Harrel site and Gilbert site.

Has a page on the Wichita and a page on Quivera.


Kitikiti’sh: The Wichita Indians and Associated Tribes in Texas, 1757-1859. By Earl H. Elam

The Wichita Indians: People of the Grass House. By Susan A. Holland

The Wichita People, Indian Tribal Series, by William W. Newcomb, Jr.

Mythology of the Wichita. By George A. Dorsey, Foreword by Elizabeth A. H. John

Storms Brewed in Other Men’s Worlds: The Confrontation of Indians, Spaniards, and French in the Southwest, 1540-1795. By Elizabeth A. H. John

The Indians of Texas from Prehistoric to Modern Times. By William W. Newcomb, Jr.

Carbine and Lance: The Story of Old Fort Sill. By Colonel W.S. Nye

Prehistoric Man on the Great Plains. By Waldo R. Wedel

The Wichita Indians, 1541-1750: ethnohistorical essays, Volume 38 of Reprints in Anthropology. By Mildred Mott Wedel

The Wichita Indians: Traders of Texas and the Southern Plains, 1540-1845. By F. Todd Smith

The Caddos, the Wichitas, and the United States, 1846-1901. By F. Todd Smith

Kansas Archaeology. Edited by Robert J. Hoard and William E. Banks (Comprehensive overview of the state’s archaeological record.)

Plains Indians, A.D. 500-1500: The Archaeological Past of Historic Groups. Edited by Karl H. Schlesier

Without Quarter: The Wichita Expedition and The Fight on Crooked Creek. By William Y. Chalfant

Life at the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Agency: The Photographs of Annette Ross Hume. By Kristina L. Southwell and John R. Lovett


Chronicles of Oklahoma – Volumes 1-40 are available online at: https://www.okhistory.org
The Chronicles contains many articles about Wichitas. The following are of particular interest to mid-19th century and early 20th century events in Wichita history.

Establishment of the Wichita Reservation, Berlin Chapman, Volume 11, No. 4

Dissolution of the Wichita Reservation, Berlin Chapman, Volume 22, No. 2 and Volume 22, No. 3

Wichita-Kiowa Relations and the 1874 Outbreak, Karl Schmitt, Volume 28, No. 2

Wichita Death Customs, Karl Schmitt, Volume 28, No. 2

Lieutenant William E. Burnet: Notes on Removal of Indians from Texas to Indian Territory Part I, Raymond Estep, Volume 38, No. 3

Lieutenant William E. Burnet Letters: Removal of Texas Indians and the Founding of Fort Cobb Part II, Raymond Estep, Volume 38, No. 4

Lieutenant William E. Burnet: Removal of the Texas Indians and the Founding of Fort Cobb Part III, Raymond Estep, Volume 39, No. 1