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 1839
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
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
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
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
Submissions from 1840
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
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.
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.
Letter from the Second Auditor of the Treasury, transmitting the accounts of persons charged with the disbursement of moneys, goods, &c., for the benefit of the Indians, for the year ending September 30, 1839, together with the names of sub-agents, &c..
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
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
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
Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 23d ultimo, respecting the interference of any officer or agent of the government with the Cherokee Indians in the formation of a government for the regulation of their own internal affairs, &c..
Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 24th ultimo, relative to the plan proposed for the defence of the western frontier; also, what tribes of Indians inhabit the country immediately west of Arkansas and Missouri.