1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 5, 2019 9:02 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking field reports of California Indian agents 1844-1860


      I'm looking to confirm a statement made in the book "The Boys in the Sky Blue Pants" by Dorothy Clora Cragen that an area in Inyo County, California "was set aside for Indians on which whites were not allowed to settle."  I would like to be able to read field reports or notes by Indian Agents in California, especially by Indian Agent Wasson, who is also referred to as a sub-agent from Nevada territory, or Indian Agent John H.P. Wentworth, also referred to as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California.

        • Re: Seeking field reports of California Indian agents 1844-1860
          Lisha Penn Ranger

          Dear Ms. Bennett,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located headquarters Letters Sent, 1824-1886 and Letters Received, 1824-1880 (National Archives Microfilm Publication No. M234) among the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75). During that era, agencies and sub-agencies reported to the superintendency which most likely was the California Superintendency established in 1852, who then reported to Washington DC. However, Indian agent records were not saved by the BIA because they were considered the agent's personal private property until 1875. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives in Washington (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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