Bureau of Indian Affairs Records, 1807-1901

Format and number of items

Microfilm. 1000+ reels of film.


PEF-MFILM E93 .U547 1963, FILM 669, and E77 .U575.


National Archives

In the Library Catalog?

No, individual documents are not in the Library Catalog.


From National Archives Record Group 75, these records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence and special files on specific topics.


Materials are generally in chronological order. In three series:

  • Letters sent by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1882 (NARA Microfilm Publication M21). 122 reels of microfilm PEF-MFILM E93 .U547 1963.
    Letters sent include instructions to agents and military matters.
  • Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-81 (NARA Microfilm Publication M 234). 962 reels of microfilm PER -MFILM Film 669. (Arkansas Superintendency is on reel 29).
    Letters received include reports and requisitions from agents, personal petitions, and disputes of all kinds.
  • Special Files of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1807-1901 (NARA Mirofilm Publication M574). 85 reels of microfilm (we have only reels 24 and 63). PER-MFILM E77 .U575.
    The Special Files consist of correspondence, reports, accounts affidavits, and other records that were brought together for easier reference. We have reel 24, which includes negotiations with Cherokee Chief John Ross, 1861-66, and reel 63, which includes records relating to the Quapaw Agency, 1874-78.


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Time Periods


For more info

National Archives Record Group 75