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
Submissions from 1821
Submissions from 1822
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
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.
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.
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.
Submissions from 1823
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
Submissions from 1826
Submissions from 1827
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.
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
Submissions from 1829
Submissions from 1830
Submissions from 1831
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."