1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 5, 2020 5:50 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking records about Native Americans in California

    Jerri Mazzetti Newbie

      I'm searching for two types of records: (1) records from BIA representatives that were collecting data from Indian people during the time period of 1928 and 1933.  I think they are called field notes. The data was later typed into the California Applications; and (2) searching for California Indian "Individual History Cards" in original form, usually handwritten. I'm not use what category to begin my search.  Any assistance is appreciated!.

        • Re: Seeking records about Native Americans in California
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Mazzetti,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled the Applications Relating to the Enrollment of California Indians, 1928 - 1932 in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793 - 1999 (Record Group 75) that may include the information that you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We also located 63 series in Record Group 75 that pertain to the Mission Agency which covered many tribes in Southern California during the 1930s. After reviewing the series, please contact the National Archives at Riverside (RW-RS) via email at riverside.archives@nara.gov for additional information.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RW-RS.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

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

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