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Indians of North America historical manuscripts and documents, 1724-1981

Identifier: 1975-006

Scope and Contents

This artificial collection was brought together initially as the the old American Indian Law and History Collection from miscellaneous acquisitions that had accrued over twenty years of collecting. Later the collection's scope was broadened somewhat and the title was changed. It is presently a collection of historical documents, correspondence, photographs and ephemera relating to the governments, citizenship, and lands primarily of those tribes located in Oklahoma Indian Territory. The materials in this collection are those pieces that either can not be attributed to another named collection, or otherwise are better served being in this.

This collection consists of papers and documents pertaining to the Indians of North America. Included are government, citizenship and land papers, correspondence, photographs, and a variety of other items concerning Indian affairs primarily in Indian Territory/Oklahoma. Although the majority of the material deals with Indian affairs, the collection does contain papers of a more personal nature as well.


  • Creation: 1724 - 1981



These materials are in English, Cherokee, and Creek.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.


12 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 9 oversized boxes.)

Physical Location

23 boxes shelved on 3rd floor; 9 oversized boxes shelved on 5th floor oversize racks.

Custodial History

Some of this material, for example the Ellis Clarke Soper Collection photographs, has been removed and returned to its original assession, although the indexing has been retained in this finding aid, along with a "see" note.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material has been aquired from a large variety of sources. Where possible, the actual source will be noted.


It should be noted that the use of the terms in this collection are based on Library of Congress usage standards and historical precedent.


Indians of North America historical manuscripts and documents, 1724-1981
Under Revision
Milissa Burkart
1995 July
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496