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 1840
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
Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the information required by the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 23d of March last, respecting the progress which has been made in effecting a treaty with the Wyandot Indians, for the purchase of their lands in Crawford County, &c., &c..
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Submissions from 1841
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
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
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