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 1842

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Jacob Houseman

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James C. Watson (To accompany bill H.R. no. 351.)

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James Morrow and Jonathan Tipton (To accompany bill H.R. no. 238.)

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James Ormond

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John E. Hunt and others

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John H. Kenzie -- Indian reservations, to alienate (To accompany bill H.R. no. 349.)

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John Johnston (To accompany bill H.R. no. 218.)

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John Monroe

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John P. Baldwin

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John P. Hickman -- administrator of (To accompany bill H.R. no. 223.)

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John P. Russ, executor of Wiley Jones

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Joseph S. Martin

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Louisa E. Trickel (To accompany bill H.R. no. 246.)

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Message of the President of the United States to The Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Third Session of the Twenty-Seventh Congress : State of the Union, 1842

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Murders on the Neutral Ground. Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 22d ultimo, calling for a report of the names of American citizens lately murdered by the Indians on the neutral ground, in the Territory of Iowa, &c

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Pauchita Garcias

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Pay seven companies Georgia militia (To accompany bill H.R. no. 380.)

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Perrysburg, Ohio -- claimants to town lots

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Petition of Citizens of Pennsylvania

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Randolph Carter

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Relief of citizens of Arkansas who lost their improvements by Indian treaties (To accompany Senate bill no. 70.)

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Removal of the Winnebago Indians

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Report in relation to depots established in Arkansas, by C. A. Harris, for emigrating Indians

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Report : Memorial of D. Welch

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Report : Memorial of J. Phillips

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Report on Pensions to Soldiers in Wayne's Campaign

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Report on Settlers in Iowa

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Report : Petition of T. Stone

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Report : Petition of W. Wootten

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Saml. Rockwell, William Y. Hansell, and William Underwood

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Samuel Cross

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School lands to certain townships in Ohio

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Statements showing First -- Appropriations made during the second session of the 27th Congress: Second -- The officers created, and the salaries thereof: Third -- The offices, the salaries of which have been increased, with the amount of such increase, during the same period

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State of the finances. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, on the state of the finances

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Stephen Shipman

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William Barnes

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William G. Sanders (To accompany bill H.R. no. 389.)

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William M. Rowlett

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William W. Garrard

Submissions from 1843

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Annual statement of appropriations for the War Department, &c. -- 1842. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the annual statement of appropriations for the War Department, &c. in 1842

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Cherokee Treaty. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a copy of instructions to commissioner under Cherokee Treaty of 1835

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Civilization of the Indians. Letter from the Second Auditor of the Treasury, transmitting a statement showing the amount of money annually disbursed for the civilization of the Indian tribes, &c

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Ellen Duvall

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Frauds upon Indians -- Right of the President to withhold papers

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Memorial of the General Assembly of Indiana, praying the extension of the Pension Act of 1832 to the volunteers and militia who served against the Western Indians prior to 1795

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Milly, an Indian woman

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On Relief of S. Neely

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Report from the Commissioner of the General Land Office, showing in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the land offices at which public sales of lands have been made since September 4, 1841, and the amount of such sales

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Resolutions of the General Assembly of Arkansas, in relation to the protection of the western frontier of that state

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Site for a western armory. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a letter from the Secretary of War, submitting a report of the board of officers appointed to select a site for a western armory, together with a counter report from the Surgeon General

Submissions from 1844

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A. R. S. Hunter

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Balance due Shawnee Indians

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Bennett M. Dell

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Besiah, an Indian

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Bryan, John A

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Claims arising under the Cherokee Treaty

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David Robb

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Documents showing the annual amount of the trade and commerce on the Upper Mississippi River

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Eliza Pickrell

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Entries of land

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Georgia -- Militia claims

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Great Western Railway Company

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Harvey Heth

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Heirs and legal representatives of Antonio Pacheco, deceased

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Henry S. Commager

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Isaac S. Ketchum

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Isaac S. Ketchum

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Isaac Whiteman, Richard S. Paris, and Phineas Thomas

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James B. Estes

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John Robinson

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Joseph and Lindsay Ward

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Josephine Nourse

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Langtry & Jenkins

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Lawrence Taliaferro

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Memorial of the American Indian Mission Association, praying the adoption of measures for promoting the permanent welfare of the various Indian tribes

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting the correspondence in relation to the proceedings and conduct of the Choctaw Commission, under the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek

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Mrs. Mary W. Thompson

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On the Relief of G. Gaines

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On the Relief of J. McGuire

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Pre-emption rights -- Settlers on Miami Indian lands

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Removal of the Chippewa, Ottowa, and Potta Watomie Indians

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Report : Claim of Heirs of W. Walker

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Report : Memorial of H. Barney

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Report : Memorial of J. Eldred

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Report : Memorial of the Kentucky Legis.

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Report of the Secretary of War, communicating (in compliance with a resolution of the Senate) a copy of a report made by P. M. Butler, United States agent for the Cherokee Indians

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Report of the Secretary of War, (in compliance with a resolution of the Senate) in relation to the evacuation of Fort Wayne, Arkansas

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Report : Petition of E. Swan

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Report : Petition of H. Chouteau

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Report : Petition of Heirs of J. Kennedy

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Report : Petition of H. Thompson

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Report : Petition of J. Campau

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Report : Petition of J. Campau

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Report : Petition of J. Washington

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Report : Petition of R. Barclay

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Report : Petition of S. Steele and J. Daniel

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Right of pre-emption

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Samuel Neely

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School lands in Ohio

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Thomas Talbot and others