Area Research Center: Kenneth M. Hammer Collection
The Battle of Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876
The Kenneth M. Hammer Collection
The Kenneth M. Hammer Collection features materials relating to the Battle of Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer, the Seventh Cavalry, and the Native Americans who fought there.
Born in South Dakota in 1918, Dr. Hammer grew up listening to stories about the settlement of the Dakotas and Montana. His particular interest in Custer grew from a visit to Fort Abraham Lincoln as a child with his father. Over the years, he collected many materials related to the Custer fight and wrote several volumes about it. In 1977, Dr. Hammer was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Custer in '76: Walter Camp's notes on the Custer Fight. His most recent work is Men with Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry, June 25, 1876, Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, 1995.
Shortly after Dr. Hammer arrived at Whitewater, Andersen Library acquired much of his Custer collection for the University's Special Collections. Over the years, the Library has acquired additional materials to supplement the Hammer Collection. Professor Kenneth M. Hammer taught economics at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater from 1966 to 1983, after a distinguished career in the United States Air Force. After retirement, Dr. Hammer lived in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area as a valued emeritus professor of this University. He died Oct. 18, 2013 and is buried in Union Grove, WI.
Custer Collection Bibliography
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Library's Special Collections incorporates the Kenneth M. Hammer collection into the larger Custer Collection. The Custer Collection page provides a bibliography of available materials.
Digitized Custer Collection Books
Seven titles from the Kenneth M. Hammer Collection are accessible online as the Nineteenth-century European-American views on Life in and the Peoples of the American West at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. These digitized books include:
- War-path and Bivouac, or the Conquest of the Sioux by John F. Finerty, 1890
- Reno Court of Inquiry. 1951 transcript of 1879 record by Marcus A. Reno
- Eleven years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier by Frances F. Victor, 1877
- The origin of the North American Indians by John McIntosh, 1844
- The Complete Life of Major General George Custer by Frederick Whittaker, 1876
- Thrilling Scenes among the Indians by T.M. Newsome, 1884
- Personal Recollections and Observations of Nelson A. Miles by Nelson A. Miles, 1896
The Links to Battle of Little Bighorn Resources page offers links to more information about Custer and the historic battle.