Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795

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Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795
The Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795, documents British interactions with Native Americans in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, with some material relating to South Carolina, Michigan, and Virginia. Official documents include passes for Native American travelers, speeches to and from Native American groups, copies of treaties, and reports and correspondence relative to diplomacy, peace efforts, and military affairs. Materials relay information on boundary disputes, prisoner exchanges, crimes committed against both American settlers and Native Americans, and Native American distress over land infringements.

Harmful Language Statement: As you read documents in this collection, you may encounter language that is culturally insensitive or derogatory towards Native Americans. This language is not endorsed by the library, but access to the original materials is provided for the purposes of historical research.

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Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs Reports, June 1753 - May 1755

Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs Reports, June 1753 - May 1755

Copies of correspondence, reports of meetings with Native American groups, and remarks on fort construction, prisoner exchange, rivalries with the French, religious evangelization, and diplomacy.

128 pages: 98% transcribed, 59% needs review
B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 24, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 24, 1766; Niagara

Expresses concerns about his interpreter being detained by Captain Brown. Frazier, Mr. Paynton, and DeCoagne. Roberts also writes that though Capt. Brown writes polite letters but fails to enact anything he promises. Smuggling: Fort Erie, Little Niagara, Detroit, Michilimackinac. Interpreter of...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 50% needs review
B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 3, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 3, 1766; Niagara

Benjamin Roberts reporting on the burning of the ship "Victory Schooner," suspected to have been accomplished by Indians. Copies the text of a report he submitted to Capt. Brown. Offers his personal opinion on the incident. Additional note on cover: "I hear from some Squaws that a party of...

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B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, September 18, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, September 18, 1766; Niagara

Discontent with Captain Brown's management of affairs, related to his farms in the Lower Town. A court of inquiry held that soldiers are not to live among the traders. Concerns about the fire danger of a quantity of hay. Capt. Brown insists on seeing any Indian that comes to Niagara. All traders...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 25% needs review
Chiefs of the Seven Nations LS Copy to [George Washington], October 2, 1795; Fort George, New York

Chiefs of the Seven Nations LS Copy to [George Washington], October 2, 1795; Fort George, New York

Speech requesting that ancestrial land in New York be returned to them. Plan to send a delegation to address Congress. Eight Chief's names, including Ona sa te gen, signed with his mark. IEGOR Lot 741.

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
Choptank and Amos Ogden Manuscript Document and ANS to English Deputies, August 12, 1767; Nanticoke

Choptank and Amos Ogden Manuscript Document and ANS to English Deputies, August 12, 1767; Nanticoke

Reply from Choptank in the name of the Nanticoke Indians, describing the turmoil that the selling of their land would bring to his people. Offers the deputies supplies for their travels home. Choptank's speech is followed by a signed note by Amos Ogden, stating that Choptank's answer may have...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
G[oldsbro]w Banyar DS Copy, January 19, 1763; Fort George, New York

G[oldsbro]w Banyar DS Copy, January 19, 1763; Fort George, New York

Docket: "Minute of Council relative to the Complaint of the Connajoharie Indians. Entd. in Vol. VIII Indn. Records, Page 363." Report of a meeting held by Robert Monckton regarding the claims of the Canajoharie Indians. William Livingston is advised to transmit a copy of the declaration signed by...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
G[uy] Johnson ALS to [John] Wetherhead, October 29, 1774; Guy Park

G[uy] Johnson ALS to [John] Wetherhead, October 29, 1774; Guy Park

Lieutenant Benjamin Roberts's affairs. General Gage's opinion. Seeking assistance from London. IEGOR Lot 685.

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 25% needs review
G[uy] Johnson DS, "Abstract of Indians Cloathed", September 24, 1781 - March 25, 1781; s.l.

G[uy] Johnson DS, "Abstract of Indians Cloathed", September 24, 1781 - March 25, 1781; s.l.

"Abstract of the Several Nations of Indians of Colonel Guy Johnson's Department Clothed: from the 24th: Septr. 1780 to 25th: March 1781." Table showing separate numbers of men, women, and children of the Senecas, Mohawks, Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas, Tuscaroras, Delawares, Nanticokes, and...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 50% needs review
J. Jeffers LS Copy to [Richard] Butler, August 16, 1791; Fort Franklin

J. Jeffers LS Copy to [Richard] Butler, August 16, 1791; Fort Franklin

Jeffers, Lieut. in the 1st US Regiment, reports on visits to Cornplanter and New Arrow. Includes quoted statement from Corn Planter, expressing his dissatisfaction with the Treaty of Painted Post. The Allaghany Indians state they were paid too little for the land they sold to the United States....

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