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 1833

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Nancy Agnew and others.

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Northwestern Indians. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a copy of a report of Schoolcraft's expedition among the northwestern Indians.

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Pay for horses lost -- frontiers Illinois and Michigan.

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Report : Mr. Tipton

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Report : Mr. Wright

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Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the finances.

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Reuben N. Bullard.

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School lands -- Ohio [to accompany bill H.R. no. 90].

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Silas D. Fisher (to accompany bill H. R. no. 680).

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Thos. T. Triplett (to accompany bill H. R. no. 755).

Submissions from 1834

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Alexander J. Robison [to accompany bill H. R. no. 188].

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Alfred Stewart.

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Appropriations -- War Department --1833. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement of the appropriations for the service of the War Department for the year 1833, and the expenditures of the same.

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [to accompany bill H. R. no. 94].

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Claims of citizens of Georgia for depredations by Creek Indians [to accompany bill H. R. no. 153].

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Colonel Gideon Morgan [to accompany bill H. R. no. 425].

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Correspondence on the subject of the emigration of Indians, between the 30th November, 1831, and 27th December, 1833, with abstracts of expenditures by disbursing agents, in the removal and subsistence of Indians, &c. &c.

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Death of Hardiman Owens. Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 18th ultimo, in relation to the death of Hardiman Owens.

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Defence of frontiers of Arkansas [to accompany bill H. R. no. 292].

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Estimates accompanying the Indian annuity bill no. 182.

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Extend provisions of pension laws [to accompany bill H. R. no. 320].

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Henry Stoddard [to accompany bill H. R. no. 357].

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James Caulfield [to accompany bill H. R. no. 424].

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James D. Harding.

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James Elder.

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James McCarty.

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Jesse Manley.

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John Cullins [to accompany bill H. R. no. 304].

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John H. Robinson.

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John McCartney.

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Joseph Brown [to accompany bill H. R. no. 194].

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Joseph Cooper [to accompany bill H. R. no. 318].

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Julia Bezior.

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Licenses to trade with Indians. Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting an abstract of licenses granted to trade with Indians within the year commencing 10th September, 1832.

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Luke Voorhise [to accompany bill H. R. no. 423].

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Marston Mead.

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Memorial of a delegation from the Cherokees, praying protection and relief from the government.

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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

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Nancy McPherson.

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Pamela Adams [to accompany bill H. R. no. 355].

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Peleg Spencer.

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Pierre Gamblins.

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Property lost [to accompany bill H. R. 402].

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Report : Mr. Naudain

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Report : Mr. Preston

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Report : Mr. Tipton

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Report : Mr. Tipton

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Report : Mr. White

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Samuel A. Edmondson [to accompany bill H. R. no. 142].

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Sarah Harford.

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Silas D. Fisher [to accompany bill H.R. no. 211].

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Southern boundary of Tennessee [to accompany bill H. R. no. 464].

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William Baden [to accompany bill H. R. no. 459].

Submissions from 1835

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Abner Stelson.

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Abner Stelson.

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

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Benjamin F. Stickney

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Department of Indian Affairs. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a list of the names of persons employed under the authority of the "Act for the organization of the Department of Indian Affairs."

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Indian annuities -- Transportation, &c. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 3d February, in relation to the transportation and disbursement of money appropriated for Indian annuities for the years 1833 and 1834.

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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