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 1838

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James Brown -- representatives of

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John Dougherty

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John L. Allen

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Joseph Dukes

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Josias E. Vroman

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Lands to organized militiamen, &c

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Letter from the Secretary of War, to the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, on the subject of compensating the militia who attended the payment of the annuity to the Pottawatamie Indians in 1836

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Lieutenant John Allison

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Matthew Duncan

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Memorial of a number of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the re-consideration of the treaty made with the Cherokees at New Echota, in December, 1835

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Memorial of a number of citizens of Washington County, Arkansas, praying the erection of a fort at or near the town of Fayetteville, in said county

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Memorial of Sylvanus Fansher, praying the establishment of a permanent vaccine institution, for the benefit of the Army, Navy, and Indian Department

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Memorial of the Legislature of Mississippi, that the settlers on the Choctaw Purchase, within the limits of that State, may be allowed the right of pre-emption

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Message from the President of the United States, to the two Houses of Congress, at the commencement of the third session of the Twenty-fifth Congress.

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Miller Francis

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Miller Hallowes

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Nathaniel H. Hooe

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Northern boundary of Missouri

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On the State of the Treasury

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Pensions to Indian fighters

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Repairs of fortifications -- St. Augustine

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Report : Claim of A. Westfall

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Report : Claim of J. Hanks

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 3d instant, with statements of grants of land to the State of Indiana

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, on the finances.

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report from the Commissioner of the General Land Office, showing the operations of that department during the year 1837, and part of the year 1838.

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 10th instant, in relation to the payment of Indian annuities in goods, &c

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 11th instant, in relation to the necessity of additional clerks in the Office of Indian Affairs

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 13th October, 1837, in relation to the Cherokee treaty of 1835

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 16th instant, in relation to the claims of George Duval

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 29th ultimo, in relation to the occurrences at the payment of the annuity to the Pottawatamie Indians, in 1836

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 8th instant, transmitting copies of correspondence with the Governor of Alabama, in reference to hostilities with the Creek Indians

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Report from the Secretary of War, with a statement of the appropriations and expenditures of that department, for the year 1837

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Report : Memorial of J. Paxton

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Report on Issue of Certain Land Patents

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Report on Location of Indian Reservations

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Report : Petition of Heirs of F. Contraman

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Resolutions a number of citizens of Washington County, Arkansas, in relation to the defence of the western frontier

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Rev. James Cumming

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Robert Frazier

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Samuel Ferguson

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Samuel G. Phillips

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School lands -- Indian reservations -- Ohio

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Statement of the officers of the Missouri volunteers, in relation to the action with the Indians on the 25th December, 1837, in Florida, with a correspondence between said officers and Col. Taylor, and with Major Brant, of the Quartermaster's Department

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Surveyor -- Wisconsin

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Sylvester Tiffany

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Thomas Murray, Jr. -- representative of

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Unexpended balances of appropriations

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William Young

Submissions from 1839

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Cherokee Indians residing in North Carolina

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Document in relation to the subjugation of the hostile Indians in Florida

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Document relating to the bill (S. 160) "to provide for the armed occupation and settlement of that part of Florida which is now overrun and infested by marauding bands of hostile Indians."

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Document relating to the bill "to provide for the armed occupation and settlement of that part of Florida which is now overrun and infested by marauding bands of hostile Indians."

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Documents relating to the bill (S. 160) "to provide for the armed occupation and settlement of that part of Florida which is now overrun and infested by marauding bands of hostile Indians

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Documents relating to the claim of Colonel A. G. Morgan, of Missouri, for military services in Florida

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Documents relating to the claim of the executor of John J. Bulow, Jr. to be indemnified for property destroyed by the hostile Indians in Florida

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Documents relating to the claims of Andrew J. Johnson and Samuel M. Love, for payment for horses lost by them while in the military service of the United States

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Documents relating to the subject of ceding to the State of Tennessee the vacant, unappropriated, and refuse lands within that state

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Extracts from the message of Governor Call to the Territorial Legislature of Florida, January 11, 1839, in relation to the Indian hostilities in that Territory, and the means of terminating them

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In Senate of the United States. Motion in relation to the payment of claims for Indian depredations

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Letter from the Secretary of War, in relation to the necessity of additional clerks in the Office of Indian Affairs

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Letter from the Secretary of War, on the subject of the expenses of making the disbursements of the Indian Department

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Letter from the Secretary of War to the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, recommending the removal of the Swan Creek and Black River bands of Chippewa Indians

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Memorial of a number of the Chief Warriors and Chiefs of the Six and Seneca Nations of Indians, praying that the action of the Senate on the treaty with the Seneca Indians may be suspended, &c., &c..

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Memorial of Hezekiah L. Thistle, praying that certain communications addressed by him to the Secretary of War, and Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs of the Senate, on the subject of expelling the hostile Indians from Florida, may be printed

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Memorial of the General Assembly of Alabama, praying that the people of that state be indemnified for depredations commited on their property by the hostile Creek Indians in 1836

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Memorial of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin, praying that the title of the Menomonie Indians to lands within that territory may be extinguished

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Memorial of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, praying the passage of a law to authorize the enrolment of a number of volunteers for the defence of that Territory

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Message from the President of the United States, communicating additional information in relation to the disputed boundary line between the State of Missouri and territory of Iowa.

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Message from the President of the United States, in relation to the condition of the Seminole Indians, who have emigrated

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Motion submitted by Mr. Linn, in relation to the occupation and settlement of the Oregon Territory.

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Negroes, &c., captured from Indians in Florida, &c

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On the Relief of F. Laventure et. al. [

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Petition of a number of citizens of Illinois, praying the establishment of a land office at "Kishwaukee," in that state

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Petition of a number of citizens of the State of Alabama, praying to be allowed pre-emption rights to any unlocated public lands, in lieu of others of which they have been deprived

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Report : Claim of Choctaw Indians

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Report : Claim of G. Humphreys

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Report : Claim of J. Baldridge

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Report : Claim of J. Baldridge

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Report : Claim of J. Bulow, jr.

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Report : Claim of J. Dukes

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Report : Claim of J. Richey

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Report : Claim of J. Scott

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Report : Claim of R. Robertson

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating a report from the Commissioner of the General Land Office, showing the operations of that office since the 17th December, 1838.

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a statement showing the annual receipts and expenditures of the Government since the year 1817

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a statement showing the number of acres in the states of Alabama and Mississippi, embraced in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the payment of the claims of the Alabama volunteers, for horses lost in the service of the United States in the late campaign against the Seminole Indians

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the termination of the commission for the adjudication of claims under the Cherokee Treaty of December 29, 1835, and the expenses of the same

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Report from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a statement of the expenses incurred in negotiating and concluding the Cherokee Treaty of December 29, 1835

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Report from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with the act of May 1, 1820, a statement of the appropriations and expenditures for that department during the year 1838.

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Report from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in obedience to the act of June 30, 1834, a statement of all persons employed in the service of the Indian Department during the year 1838

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Report on Indian Depredation Claims

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Report : Petition of J. Hernandez

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Report : Petition of J. Kennedy

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Report : Petition of J. McCartney

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Report : Petition of M. Hagan

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Report : Petition of R. Banks

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Report : Petition of W. Smith

Submissions from 1840

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Adam Hall