Once his kids got too old to keep it going, the grandkids took over and closed it down. With them came the contact info of the sellers. I contacted them to see about other baskets. I ended up taking a trip to Coldwater, Kansas and was introduced to the entirety of the collection. The ledgers are mostly all from either the Carlisle Indian Industrial School that was in Pennsylvania, or a place called St.Mary's Indian Boarding School in Wisconsin. Some of the drawings have where they came from written on the front of them.
Why they were not listed on the back I do not know. In any case, these are the two main sources listed. I know that the students were not just children and the schools served as what was referred to as re education schools for adults as well. Thus the the subject matter of some of the drawings.
Also, drawings were sent to donors and supporters of the schools as gifts and were covited by many of the recipients. This would account for why thous students of these schools were encouraged to draw these pieces. Glass frames are inexpensive at Hobby Lobby or you may want to have it professionally framed as it is a very collectible work of historical art. This is a consignment piece. I have been a picker for over 35 years.
A Native American Basket Collector for over 40. I find items that are unique and make wonderful additions to collections or decor and list them with the information I get at the time I acquire or agree to take on consignment. Thank you so much for looking, best, Keith.