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Dear Mr. Kennedy,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Letters Sent, 1807-1830 in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) that contains records of the Superintendent of Indian Trade Thomas L. McKenney, who organized the delegation to Washington, DC that Petalesharro participated in. We also located the series Letters Sent Relating to Indian Affairs, 1800-1824 in Record Group 75 that includes some records related to Native American delegations. There may be some relevant information about Petalesharro’s speech in these series, which have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. The series Correspondence, Accounts, Reports, and Other Records, 1813-1878 in Record Group 75 contains records of the Central Superintendency of Indian Affairs and possibly may include some useful information. These records have not been digitized. For access to these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we located the series Committee Papers, 1815-1946 of the Committee on Indian Affairs in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (Record Group 233) that contains the file Committee Reports and Papers of the Committee on Indian Affair from the 17th Congress, which was in session when Petalesharro’s delegation visited Washington, DC. The series Petitions and Memorials, 1815-1946 of the Committee on Indian Affairs in Record Group 233 also contains 1 file related to the 17th Congress that may include some information about the delegation and Petalesharro’s speech. The series Committee Papers, 1820-1946 of the Committee on Indian Affairs in the Records of the U.S. Senate (Record Group 46) contains the file Committee Papers of the Committee on Indian Affairs for the 17th Congress as well. In addition, the series Petitions and Memorials, 1820-1946 of the Senate’s Committee on Indian Affairs in Record Group 46 contains 1 file related to the 17th Congress. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) at email@example.com for assistance with these records.
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In addition, we suggest that you contact the White House Historical Association directly for additional information about or sources for the transcription of Petalesharro’s speech on their website.
There may also be some relevant information in the Library of Congress Annals of Congress Collection: US Congressional Documents or in their collection of James Monroe Papers. The University of Mary Washington has custody of a collection of the Papers of James Monroe, and the University of Virginia has a collection of Papers of James Monroe, too. You may wish to contact both universities for further assistance. Finally, the Archive Center at the National Museum of the American Indian may be able to offer some additional information.
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This is excellent, thank you!