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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Report : Petition of J. Campau

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Report : Petition of J. Hancock

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Report : Petition of J. Johnston

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Report : Petition of J. Johnston

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Report : Petition of J. McIntosh

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Report : Petition of J. Paxton

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Report : Petition of Reps. of J. Piatt

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Report : Petition of S. Cozard

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Resolutions of the Assembly of Wiskonsin

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Revenue and Expenses--1841

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R. Hathaway and M. Hubbell, executrix of W. and J. Flinn

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Robert Frazier

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Robert McGuire

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Samuel Carter

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Samuel D. Enocks

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Samuel MacKay

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Samuel Norris

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School lands in the Indian reservations in the State of Ohio

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Shropshire and Ross

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Spartan Allen

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Statements showing 1st, appropriations made during the 1st session of the 26th Congress; 2d, the offices created, and the salaries thereof; 3d, the offices, the salaries of which have been increased, with the amount of such increase, during the same period

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Sutherland Mayfield

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Sylvester Tiffany

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Thomas J. Stone

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Thomas Wilson

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Thos. W. Taylor

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To establish ports of entry in Arkansas and Missouri, and to allow debenture, &c

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Trustees of Dublin Township, Ohio

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Turner Chamblin

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William A. Cuddeback

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William Baker

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William Bowman

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William Cooley

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William Fleming

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William Hughes

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William Nicholas

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Williamson Smith

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W. Y. C. & R. A. Ewing

Submissions from 1841

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Annual report -- Commissioner General Land Office. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the annual report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office

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Appropriations -- new offices, &c. Report of the Clerk of the House of Representatives of the United States, in compliance with the "Act to authorize the appointment of additional paymasters, and for other purposes," passed July 4, 1836

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Benjamin Murphy

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Caddo Indian Treaty. Testimony taken under a commission from the Committee on Indian Affairs, under an order of the House of Representatives of the United States, by R. V. Marye, Esq., and Judge C. E. Greneaux

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Citizens of West Florida -- Injuries, &c., by troops of United States in 1814

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Claims for horses, &c. lost in Florida. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information required by the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 22d December last, respecting claims presented to the department for horses, &c. lost in the several campaigns in Florida, against the Seminole Indians, &c

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Clements, Bryan, & Co

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Dallam and Hamburgh

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Estimate of appropriations for the year 1842. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting an estimate of the appropriations for the service of the year 1842

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Finance. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report upon the State of the finances

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Frances P. Gardner

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George Fisher

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George W. Walton

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Indians -- Choctaw citizens of Mississippi. Memorial of the Choctaw citizens of the State of Mississippi, to the Congress of the United States

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John C. Reynolds

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John Johnson

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John Johnston

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John L. Cline

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John Lybrook

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John Spears

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Letter from the Governor of the State of Missouri, transmitting an act of the General Assembly of the State of Missouri for ascertaining and settling the northern boundary line of that state; together with a memorial of the Legislature of said state on the same subject

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Lieutenant John L. Cline

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Littlejohn Wilkins, John Lynch, William P. Ford, and Alexander Patrick

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Message from the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress, at the commencement of the second session of the Twenty-seventh Congress : State of the Union, 1841

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Obed P. Lacey

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Peter Sky, an Onondaga Chief

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Peter Sky, an Onondaga Indian

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Randolph Carter

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Report : Claim of D. Skinner

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Report : Claim of G. Hinant

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Report : Claim of W. Dickinson

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Report from the Secretary of the Senate, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a list of private claims which have been before the Senate since the commencement of the Fourteenth Congress, with the proceedings of the proceedings of the Senate thereon

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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 during parts of the years 1839 and 1840

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Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the number and kind of troops stationed on the western frontier, and the necessity of an additional military post on the same

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Report from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement of the appropriations and expenditures for that department during the year 1840, and the balances remaining in the Treasury at the end of that year

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Richard Perry

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Thomas Wilson

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William Parker, a Seneca Indian

Submissions from 1842

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Additional land office in Iowa

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Alexander Brightwell

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Annex Cherokee territory to the Coosa and Huntsville land districts, and removal of the office from Mardisville (To accompany Senate bill No. 1.)

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Cadwallader Wallace

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Charles Howe

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Charles Howe

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Cherokee Indians. Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 18th ultimo, relative to the affairs of the Cherokee Indians

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Choctaw Academy. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information called for on the 14th of February last, in relation to the Choctaw Academy for the education of Indian youths, established at the Great Crossings, in Kentucky

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Civil and diplomatic appropriations of 1842

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Claims of certain companies of Missouri volunteers (To accompany Senate bill no. 67.)

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David M. Hughes, Charles Shipman, and John Henderson (To accompany bill H.R. no. 225.)

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Defence of the State of Georgia. Documents submitted to the House of Representatives, relating to the defence of the State of Georgia against the Indians in Florida, by the Hon. Mark A. Cooper

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Depredations by Indians and United States troops in Georgia

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Depredations in Florida, by U. S. Army, in 1814 (To accompany bill H.R. no. 398.)

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Ephraim Sprague

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Estimates of appropriations for 1843-1844. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the estimates of appropriations for the half calendar year ending 30th June, 1843, and for the fiscal year ending 30th June, 1844

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George Catlin

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George Mayfield

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George M. Bedinger

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Georgia militia claims -- services against the Indians in 1836 (To accompany Senate bill no. 17.)

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Heirs of Cornelius D. Gooch

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Heirs of Michael Cryder

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Indian Appropriations. Report to accompany bill no. 77, "making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department, and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with the various Indian tribes, for the year 1842;" which was reported to the House on the 25th January, 1842

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Indian hostilities in Florida. Message from the President of the United States, upon the subject of a system of defence for the Territory of Florida, &c.