1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 4, 2019 2:21 PM by Jason Atkinson

    11-09-1855 Franklin Pierce Executive Order

    Denise Jarman Newbie

      Where can I obtain this document?  Why isn't it in the Federal Register?  An unrescinded Executive Order is still part of the law of the land and should be available to us all? 

        • Re: 11-09-1855 Franklin Pierce Executive Order
          Jason Atkinson Scout

          Dear Denise Jarman,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub! 

          As you did not provide any details about the topic of the order, it is difficult to be sure exactly which order you are requesting information about. Might you be referring to the 1855 establishment of the Coast Reservation (latter known as the Siletz Reservation) in Oregon, as described in the Oregon Encyclopedia?

          If so, relevant documents were published in 1912 by the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, in the book Executive Orders Relating Indian Reservations From May 14, 1855 to July 1, 1912.  They are on pages 151-153 under the heading “Siletz Reservation.”

          The book is available in hard copy though the Library of Congress and you can also check local law and academic libraries.  Digitized versions can be found at Archives.org and the HathiTrust Digital Library.  None of these websites are affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration. 

          It is possible that the National Archives may have records relating to the establishment of the Coast Reservation. If so, they would most likely be in Record Group 75 Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For further information about Indian Affairs records, you can email National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) archives1reference@nara.gov.

          You might also be interested in the Franklin Pierce Papers in the custody of the Library of Congress.

          As for why these documents are not published in the Federal Register, please keep in mind that the Office of the Federal Register was not established until July 26, 1935, well after the Pierce presidency.  The practice of numbering and publishing executive orders had not yet been developed.

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


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