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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Hyacinth Bernard

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James Scull.

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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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Pre-emption to certain persons in Florida.

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Southern bend of Lake Michigan

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Supplemental report from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Theophilus Cooksey

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Thomas Wheatley.

Submissions from 1829

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Claims of citizens of Florida.

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Heirs of Jean Baptiste Couture

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Hubert La Croix, et al (to accompany bill H. R. 367)

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James Royal.

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Jos. Elliot, Peggy Stephens, & challenge. to accompany the bill H. R. no. 363.

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Lands between Ludlow and Roberts' lines, Ohio

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Stereotype laws United States.

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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Indians. Laws of the colonial and state governments, relating the Indian inhabitants.

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John M'iver.

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Lands for education.

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Massachusetts. Memorial of inhabitants of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in relation to the Indian tribes.

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Memorials of the Cherokee Indians, signed by their representatives, and by 3,085 individuals of the Nation.

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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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Salaries -- Judges of Michigan.

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Thomas W. Newton, assignee of Robert Crittenden.

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Timothy D. and Robert A. Pettigrew.

Submissions from 1831

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Annual report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the finances.

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Appropriations for 1832. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting an estimate of appropriations for the year 1832.

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Document relating to blankets for the Indian trade; being questions to, and answers by, Adam D. Steuart, collector of the port of Mackinaw.

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Letter from John J. Astor to Honorable Mr. Benton in relation to blankets for the Indian trade.

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Memorial of a number of citizens of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, praying that the treaties with the Indians may be preserved inviolable, and that they be protected in their rights.

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Memorial of the General Assembly of Missouri, that the N. and N. W. boundary may be enlarged, and a mounted force granted for the protection of the frontier of the state, and its trade with Mexico and the Indians.

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Memorial of the Prudential Committee of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions of Massachusetts, praying that all treaty stipulations with the Indians within the United States may be faithfully observed, &c.

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Message from the President of the United States, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, relative to the execution of the act to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, and to preserve peace on the frontiers, passed the 30th March, 1802.

Submissions from 1832

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Annuities to Indians who joined the enemy during the late war. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a report of the Secretary of War in relation to Indians who joined the enemy during the late war and who receive annuities from the United States.

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Appropriations -- first session, Twenty-Second Congress. Statement of appropriations made during the first session of the Twenty-Second Congress of the United States of America, specifying the amount and object of each.

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Appropriations -- War Department, 1831. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting statements of appropriations for the service of the year 1831, showing the amount appropriated, the amount expended, and the balance in the Treasury on the 31st December last.

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Canal -- Lake Michigan and Illinois River. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report of a survey of the route of a canal to connect the waters of Lake Michigan with those of Illinois River.

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Clark -- adm'r of Seagrove et al., Indian depredations. Memorial of Archibald Clark, Administrator of Robert Seagrove, deceased, for himself and other citizens of Georgia.

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Country for Indians west of the Mississippi. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a copy of a report made by Isaac McCoy upon the subject of the country reserved for the Indians west of the Mississippi.

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Expenditures -- removal of Indians. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 27th January last, in relation to the expenditures of the removal of the Indians west of the Mississippi.

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Expenses -- treaty -- Chickasaws -- Franklin. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report of the Second Auditor of the Treasury of the expenses of holding the treaty with the Chickasaw Indians at Franklin in the months of August and September, 1830, &c.

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Henry R. Schoolcraft -- expedition into the Indian country. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in obedience to a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 24th ultimo, information in relation to an expedition of Henry R. Schoolcraft into the Indian country.

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Indian annuities. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives in relation to the payment of Indian annuities during the years 1830 and 1831.

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In Senate of the United States.

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Licenses to trade with Indians. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting an abstract of licenses granted to persons to trade with the Indians during the year ending 30th September, 1831.

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Memorial from sundry citizens of Pennsylvania, praying that the Cherokee Indians may be protected in their rights, &c.

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Memorial of the Legislature of Alabama, on behalf of sundry individuals belonging to the Creek Indians, praying for assistance from the government.

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Memorial of the New York State Agricultural Society.

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Message from the President of the United States, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate concerning the fur trade and inland trade to Mexico.

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Message from the President of the United States, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate concerning the public lands, &c.

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Message from the President of the United States, with a report from the Secretary of War in relation to the employment of agents among the Indians for their removal, &c., &c.

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Mounted rangers (to accompany bill H. R. no. 546).

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New York -- inhabitants of -- Cherokee Indians.

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, relative to an examination with a view of connecting Lake Michigan with the Wabash River in Indiana.

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[Resolution of Mr. Frelinghyusen]

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Resolutions Moved in Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union on the President's Message

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Statement relative to Indian annuities.

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Trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting copies of accounts of the expenditures for the benefit of the Indians from the 1st August, 1830, to 31st October, 1831.

Submissions from 1833

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Alexander J. Robison (to accompany bill H. R. no. 676).

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Appropriations -- second session, Twenty-second Congress. Statement of appropriations made during the second session of the Twenty-second Congress of the United States of America, specifying the amount and object of each.

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Appropriations -- War department -- 1832. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the annual statement of the appropriations for the service of the War Department for the year 1832.

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Case of the heirs of Doctor James Reynolds.

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David Brearley (to accompany bill H. R. no. 760).

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David Fletcher.

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Estimate of appropriations for 1834. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury transmitting an estimate of appropriations for the year 1834.

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Friendly Creek Indians (to accompany bill H. R. no. 761).

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George Elliott [to accompany bill H.R. no. 93].

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Henry Northup.

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Indian agents. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting copies of accounts of persons charged with the disbursement of money, &c., for the benefit of the Indians from the 1st October, 1831, to 30th September, 1832.

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Invalid pensioners [to accompany bill H. R. no. 128].

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Invalid pensioners [to accompany bill H.R. no. 79].

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Isidore Moore [to accompany bill H.R. no. 68].

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Isidore Moore (to accompany bill H. R. no. 719).

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Jacob Thompson.

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James Brown and John Brown (to accompany bill H. R. no. 717).

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John McClenahan (to accompany bill H. R. no. 677).

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John McClenahan [to accompany bill H.R. no. 85].

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Message from the President of the United States, returning with his objections, the bill entitled "An Act to appropriate, for a limited time, the proceeds of the sales of the public lands of the United States, and for granting land to certain States."