These facsimile United States government documents were assembled from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries print collection and scanned at the University of Oklahoma Donald E Pray Law Library. Librarians Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu identified titles to scan using Steven L. Johnson’s book, Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899. The database is the product of a six-year-long partnership. It was undertaken in order to provide free, online access to this historic content for the benefit of tribes, scholars, students and the public in general. The source volumes were preserved intact throughout the scanning process and may be consulted onsite at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

During the 19th century, the United States was engaged in an era of territorial expansion and addition of new states. The government entered into treaties with tribes, conducted wars with tribes, established reservations, relocated tribes, and determined rights to the lands and resources of the indigenous population. The Serial Set provides in-depth, detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory.

The Serial Set, which is still published today, contains the House and Senate Documents and Reports from Congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. It also includes materials from the executive branch. Documents in the Serial Set are arranged in series chronologically (not topically). Johnson’s bibliographic Guide required the author’s review, scrutiny and selection of documents from an enormous number of Serial Set volumes. Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899 was published by Clearwater Publishing Company in 1977. Permission for use of subject annotations was granted by ProQuest LLC as successor in title to ownership of this publication.

Individuals responsible for creating the database are Marilyn K Nicely, Retired Law Librarian for Native American Digitization at the University of Oklahoma Law Library; OU Law Library student workers, especially Sarah K. Capps and Jared Johnson; together with Steve Beleu, Federal Government Information Specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Major institutional support was provided by OU Law and ODL

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Submissions from 1821

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Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury transmitting his annual report on the state of the finances

Submissions from 1822

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[CommunIcation from Thomas L. M'Kenney]

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement showing the appropriations for the service of the year 1821; the amount expended for each specific object; and the balance remaining unexpended on the 31st of December, 1821

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, (in obedience to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 18th Ult.) information in relation to the Superintendency of Indian Affairs, in the territory of Michigan during the year 1820, and part of the year 1821.

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a report of the Secretary of War, of the measures heretofor devised and pursued for the civilization of the several Indian tribes, within the United States.

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Message from the President of the United States transmitting, pursuant to a resolution of the Senate of the 14th inst., information of the annual disposition which has been made of the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, appropriated by an act of Congress, of the year 1802, to promote civilization among friendly Indian tribes; shewing to what tribes that evidence of the national bounty has been extended, the names of the agents who have been entrusted with the application of the money, the several amounts by them received, and the manner in which they have severally applied it to accomplish the objects of the act.

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[Report : Petition of Holden W. Prout]

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[Report : Petition of Nicholas Ware and Wm. A. Carr

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[Report : Petition of Noble Osborne and William Doake]

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[Report : Petition of Samuel Walker]

Submissions from 1823

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Letter from the secretary of war, transmitting copies of the accounts of Superintendents and Agents for Indian Affairs, prepared In pursuance of the 3d section of the act of 6th of May, 1822, to amend the act to regulate Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes, and to preserve Peace on the Frontiers

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[Report by Mr. Benton]

Submissions from 1826

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[Resolution offered my Mr. Johnston, of Louisiana]

Submissions from 1827

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Letter from the Secretary of War, on the resolutions of the Legislature of the State of Georgia, in relation to the suffering condition of the friendly Creek Indians, &c. which had been referred to him by the House of Representatives to report thereupon.

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Letter from the Secretary of War to the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. Transmitting information in relation to the condition of the Indians in Florida.

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Message from the President of the United States, in relation to the survey of the Creek lands in Georgia, with accompanying documents.

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Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives, to which were referred the messages of the President U.S. of the 5th and 8th February, and 2d March, 1827, with accompanying documents and a report and resolutions of the Legislature of Georgia

Submissions from 1828

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Florida, resolutions, legislature of -- Georgia boundary.

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Memorial of James M. Bradford and others.

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a copy of the letter from the Cherokee Council to Col. Hugh Montgomery, &c.

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Supplemental report from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Submissions from 1829

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James Royal.

Submissions from 1830

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Anthony Foreman and John G. Ross.

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B. H. Reeves, G. O. Sibley, and Thomas Mather.

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Charles Cassedy

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Governor Blount's claim.

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John M'iver.

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Mounted force letter from General Jesup to the Hon. A. H. Sevier, in relation to mounting a part of the forces of the United States, for the protection of the country south of the Missouri River.

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Timothy D. and Robert A. Pettigrew.

Submissions from 1832

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[Resolution of Mr. Frelinghyusen]

Submissions from 1834

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Memorial of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Michigan, praying that a territorial government be established for the western part of said territory, or Wisconsin, &c

Submissions from 1835

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Abner Stelson.

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Abner Stelson.

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Benjamin F. Stickney

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Joseph Cooper

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Message from the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress at the commencement of the First Session of the Twenty-Fourth Congress, 1835

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Resolution of Senator Poindexter

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Samuel Cozad.

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The legal representatives of Willie Blount

Submissions from 1836

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Aaron Pierce

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Abuses -- Indian Affairs

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Albion T. Crow

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Alexander G. Morgan

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Arkansas -- Losses by Choctaw treaty

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Basil Brown

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Benjamin Murphy

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Charles A. Grignon.

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Choctaw Reservation

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Claims between the Rio Hondo and Sabine Rivers (to accompany bill H. R. no. 797).

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Clerks in public offices -- Increase pay of

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Col. Gideon Morgan

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Daniel Sherwood

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Doctor David H. Maxwell

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Don Juan Madrazo

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Edward Duval, administrators of

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Enoch G. Wise

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Frances Gardiner

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Gabriel Priest

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George Cubbage

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George C. Willard

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Heirs of Jacob Smith

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Heirs of Thomas F. Reddeck

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Henry Stoddard

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Horses and other property lost in Indian wars

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Hostile Indians in Florida

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Hugh L. Heiskell

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Illinois frontier settlers

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Indian hostilities to suppress -- Estimate

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Inhabitants of La Salle County, Illinois

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Isaac Wellborn, Jr

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James Alexander and Ira Nash

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James Baker

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James Baker

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James Brown and John Brown

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James Caulfield

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James Clyman

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James Collier

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James L. Kenner (to accompany bill H. R. no. 762).

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James McPherson

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Jesse Morrisson

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John and James Brown

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John B. Perkins

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John Johnston's administratrix

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John L. Bogardus

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John McCartney

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John Reilly

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John Wilson

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Joseph Willson

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Joshua Pitcher

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Jubal B. Hancock

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Land Claims, &c., under 14th article Choctaw Treaty

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Lands to organized militia men, &c

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Letter from the Secretary of War, to the Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, in relation to providing camp equipage for the militia

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Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting a list of officers and other persons employed in the Indian Department, &c

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Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting a statement of the appropriations and expenditures for the department, for 1835

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Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting documents in relation to hostilities of Creek Indians

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Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting estimates of appropriations necessary to carry into effect certain Indian treaties

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Lot Leonard

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Luke Voorhise

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Major Dade, et al. -- Pensions to widows and children