Adams Museum & House, Inc. Announces Donation of
DEADWOOD, S.D. – The Adams Museum & House, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of the Henry Frawley Collection. This rare and extensive collection of papers includes legal files, correspondence and a multitude of documents associated with the pioneer lawyer’s Deadwood practice from 1877 to 1927. The collection was donated by Hank Frawley, grandson of Henry Frawley, and will become a part of the Homestake Adams Research Center, a new facility granting public access to research materials operated by the Adams Museum & House, Inc., and scheduled to open in the next two years.
Henry Frawley arrived in Deadwood in the summer of 1877 and soon established a law practice in town. As a lawyer, Frawley represented some of the most innovative and successful corporations in the Hills. He was attorney for John Fitzgerald & Bros. as they sought to establish a line of the Burlington and Missouri Railroad from Edgemont to Deadwood. He also represented the Golden Reward Mining Co. and the American National Bank. Frawley was held in high esteem as a lawyer and considered by many to be one of the best in the state. In the words of his grandson, “His power of analysis was remarkable; his memory phenomenal; his understanding of the human mind and its reactions extraordinary.” In 1892 he established a horse and cattle ranch in Centennial Valley, commonly known as the Centennial home farm. Frawley was inducted into the City of Deadwood Hall of Fame in 2006.
Henry Frawley came to Deadwood on the same wagon train as pioneer grocer and museum founder W.E. Adams. Both gentlemen possessed foresight for the advancement and preservation of Deadwood. Hank Frawley’s donation of his grandfather’s collection to the Adams Museum & House, Inc. is thus a fitting tribute.
The Adams Museum & House, Inc. is a non-profit educational complex dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and material culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills. www.AdamsMuseumAndHouse.org