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U.S. Federal Documents on HathiTrust: Bureau of Indian Affairs Publications

A research guide to HathiTrust's collections of U.S. Federal Documents

Established in 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was responsible for maintaining allotment records, annuity rolls, census records, correspondence, health records, annual reports, and school records. 

What can you find in this collection?

  • Reports of conflicts between Native American groups and white settlers. 
  • Annual reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs
  • Efforts to "civilize" and assimilate Native Americans
  • The forced removal onto reservations
  • Archaeological reports
  • Geological features and mineral resources of reservations and Native American lands
  • Planning documents
  • Constitutions and bylaws
  • Population and economic studies
  • Cultural heritage

Searching the Collection

  • Collection enables full-text searching across the subset of documents
  • Can sort by title, author, and publication date. 
  • Advanced search interface is not available within this collection, but Boolean operators can assist with advanced searching. 
  • To search a keyword:
    • Enter your term and click find
    • Set to sort by most relevant (even after entering a search, the sorting feature will still be set to the default "sort by title").

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