Dear Mr. Wandschneider,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.
We searched the National Archives Catalog, using the search term "Nez Perce Reservation executive" resulted in over a thousand results. The dates you provided helped narrow it down 77 results which include an executive order May 29, 1873 Nez Pierce and June 16, 1873 Wallowa Valley, both from Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793-1999. The later was an item associated with the series Executive Order Files, 1860-1892, of which several items have been digitized in color.
Hopefully this information will be helpful in your research and with the creation of your exhibit.
Interestesting. The June 16, 1873 gave me a document related to the Apache in New Mexico, and a Nez Perce agent report from 1876.
I have better dates. The Executive order establishing a reservation for the “Roaming Nez Perce of the Wallowa Valley..” was in fact dated June 16, 1873. I would love to have it--even the wording on it! And then the EO that rescinded the 1873 order, dated June 10, 1875. Same deal. Would love orgiginal doc, but transcription or copy of some kind would be welcome.
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Hello Mr. Wandschneider,
Taking a second look at the June 16, 1873 document cited, the second page has what appears to be U.S. Grant's signature. Unfortunately, it was on it's side in the Catalog and that makes things harder to read, especially handwriting. It has been rotated here. Please excuse the document quality, the Catalog's higher resolution image was being difficult.
Please also take a look at my colleague's response to your inquiry to assist you further.
Thank you so much. I imagine this is about as clean a copy as we will find. I’ll see if printer can enhance it all a little bit. Would be nice to have the June 1875 recision, but this is the important one... sorry i got a bit confused by the New Mexico material and the 1876 NP material, which might actually be helpful.
Hello Mr. Wandschneider, and thank you for submitting your question to History Hub!
You may also wish to consider other avenues of inquiry.
You refer to Grace Bartlett’s book The Wallowa Country: 1867-1877. The author may have provided a National Archives Record Group, series names, or perhaps a geographic location for the referenced records. Whatever her citation, it may be helpful to track down the original, or copies, of the records you seek.
There are resources available that are not readily linkable or digitized. For example there is the series Appraisements from Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
If the book citation is inadequate, we suggest e-mailing the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
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(This reply was composed with the assistance of Subject Matter Expert Cody White)
Thank you both for your speedy replies. We are on the right path. The copy of the map that Bartlett used in her book is a better--or doctored--copy. Unfortunately, she did not provide sources, and she has passed away. There is another interesting appendix item in the book--an appraisal list of 87 settlers’ improvements and their values. I think this was done at the level of the Indian Agent for the State of Oregon, so am chasing it in that direction. And at worst can copy pages of her book for the exhibit. thanks again!