Ancestry : Card Catalog

Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.

Original data:Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881. NAID: 159715232. Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793 – 1999, Record Group 75. The National Archives at College Park, MD

About the U.S., Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881

General collection information

This collection contains letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs between 1824 and 1881. Formed in 1824, the Office of Indian Affairs (now known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs or BIA) was created to broker relations between the U.S. government and Native American people.

Using this collection

Records in the collection may include the following information:

  • Letter writer's name, including titles
  • Letter writer's residence
  • Date of letter
  • Tribal affiliation
  • Name of agency or superintendency
  • Name of recipient
  • Personal history

Collection in context

Letters in this collection date from the early- to late-1800s, a period of time when U.S. policies towards Native American tribes and peoples were especially violent. Contents of the letters may address everyday issues, but they may also reference important historical events.

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