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 1840

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Alexander Watson

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Alford Gandy

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Allen Gentry

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Amanda M. Dade

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Arms for inhabitants of Iowa

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Arthur R. Owens

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Benjamin Murphy

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Boundary of Missouri and Iowa

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Britton Evans

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Burlington and Des Moines transportation company

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Captain James Hunter -- widow of

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Charles Sumption

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Chickasaw fund. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a statement of the funds of the Chickasaw Indians, as required by the act of 20th April, 1836.

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Conrad Widrig

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Dade Institute

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David W. Sleeth

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Doctor Wheeler Randall

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Documents from War Department

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Documents relating to the claims of certain companies of Missouri volunteers, for payment for their services in the years 1829 and 1836

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Documents relating to the claims of Wallis and Arthur, and others, for compensation for rations furnished to, and the use of wagons, &c. by, the Missouri volunteers, who were called into the service of the United States, in 1836, against the Sac and Iowa Indians

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Documents relating to the confirmation of the claim of Jonathan Carver to a tract of land

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Documents relating to the construction of certain roads in the Territory of Iowa

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Elisha Mooreland and others

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Elisha Moreland and others

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Exchange school lands granted to half-breed Sac and Fox Indians

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Expenditures in suppressing Indian hostilities in Florida. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information required by the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 7th of July last, in relation to the amount of expenditure in suppressing Indian hostilities in Florida, &c.

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Finance and estimate of appropriations for 1841. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting his annual report on the State of the finances; also an estimate of appropriations for the year 1841.

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General Duncan L. Clinch

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General John Cocke

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George Mayfield

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George M. Bedinger

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George W. Paschall

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Helen Miller

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Henry Bush

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Hyacinth Lassel

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Irwinton Academy, Alabama

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Isaac McHenry

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Jacob Baugh

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Jacob Haas

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James S. Calhoun

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James Shields

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James W. Andersons

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John Brown

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John G. Bibb

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John H. Robinson

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John L. Scott

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John Lybrook

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John P. Baldwin

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John Richey

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Joseph P. and George W. Johnson

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Joseph Paxton

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Joseph W. Knipe

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Land to soldiers -- old fourth regiment

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Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office, in answer to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 10th instant, calling for statements of the quantity of public lands which have been sold, and remaining unsold since 1830, which have been in market for periods of 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years

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Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to a resolution of the House of Representatives of 24th ult., in relation to troops employed to guard the payment of annuities to Indians on the Des Moines River

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Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to a resolution of the House of Representatives of 9th instant, respecting the progress which has been made in the settlement of claims for horses lost in the Creek and Seminole Wars

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Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 9th instant, in relation to claims growing out of the Florida war

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Letter from the Secretary of War, to the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, recommending an appropriation for the removal and subsistence of a number of Stockbridge and Munsee Indians.

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a plan for the reorganization of the Indian Department, in compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 2d of March last

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement of the appropriations and expenditures for the year 1839, and of the balances unexpended

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement of the names, &c., of persons employed in the service of the Indian Department during the year 1839

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting proceedings, under joint resolution of Congress of the 13th of February last, in relation to the purchase of the island at the confluence of the St. Peter's and Mississippi Rivers

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Lieutenant John Allison

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Lorenzo N. Clarke

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Madison Collins

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Matthew Irwin Keith

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Memorial of Richard K. Call

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Memorial of Stephen R. Riggs et al

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Memorial of the Delegation of the Cherokee Nation

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Memorial of the General Assembly of Alabama, praying the creation of a new land district in that state

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Memorial of the Legislature of Alabama, asking Congress to compensate certain citizens of Alabama for depredations by the Creek Indians

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Memorial of the Legislature of Mississippi, praying the payment to that state of the value of the sixteenth sections in the Chickasaw cession, and a donation of the unappropriated lands in that state, for purposes of internal improvement

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Memorial of the Legislature of Wiskonsin, in relation to a military road from Fort Howard to Fort Snelling

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Message from the President of the United States, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, copies of the correspondence between the War Department and Governor Call, concerning the war in Florida

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Message from the President of the United States, showing the operations of the Topographical Bureau during the year 1839.

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the military and naval defences of the country

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a statement showing the purchases of Indian lands since the establishment of the present Federal Government

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the proceedings of the Court of Inquiry, in the case of Lieutenant Colonel Brant

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Nathan Coats

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Navigation of rivers in Wiskonsan

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On the Relief of E. Griddle

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On the Relief of F. Laventure et al.

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On the Relief of W. Cuddeback

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On the Relief of W. Cuddeback

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Pensions to officers, &c. -- Indian Wars, 1783 to 1795

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Petition of inhabitants of Wisconsin, to separate the offices of Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Wisconsin; and that the people have leave to elect the Governor, and that the Superintendent reside among the Indians

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Petition of the Stockbridge Nation of Indians in Wiskonsin, for remuneration for the expenses of their removal from New York; and that the title to their lands be guarantied to them by the United States

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Preamble and joint resolutions of the General Assembly of Alabama, claiming restitution for money advanced by that state on account of Indian hostilities within the same

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Preston Frazier

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Raymond A. Henderson

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Reefers of Florida, Housman and Bethell,--Montgomery Railroad Company--David R. Mitchell,--Legislature of Florida, Land for Seats of Justice.

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Report : Claim of Alabama Volunteers

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, in pursuance of the act "for carrying into effect the treaties with the Chickasaws," showing the amount received on account of their lands

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Report from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, statements showing the expenditures of the Government from 1824 to 1839, inclusive

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the establishment of a line of military posts from the Missouri to the Oregon or Columbia River

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Report from the Secretary of War, showing the appropriations and expenditures for the service of the War Department during the year 1839, with the balances remaining in the Treasury at the end of the year

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Report from the Secretary of War, transmitting Estimates of the appropriations necessary for the service of the Indian Department for the year 1840

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Report : Memorial of G. Whitman

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Report : Memorial of J. Paxton

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Report : Petition of F. Wood