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Native American treaties photostat collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2202

Scope and Contents

There are three pieces of paper, all photostats, in this collection. Two photostats are of the treaty made with the Miami Indians at Sy. Mary's in Ohio on October 6, 1818. The third photostat is President John Quincy Adams' approval of the treaty, which is dated 1827.

There are also oversize folders containing photostats of treaties with the Wyandot, Potawatomi, Ottawa, Chippewa, Seneca, Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee peoples ranging from 1817 to 1832 (OB179) and from 1814 to 1818 (OBE002).


  • 1814-1832, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Treaty of St. Mary's was signed on October 6, 1818, in Saint Mary's, Ohio, between the United States government, the Miami tribe and other territorial leaders. This treaty was drafted as part of a large-scale effort by the United States to purchase land from indigenous people and move them to lands west of the Mississippi River.

From 1774 until about 1832, treaties between individual sovereign American Indian nations and the U.S. were negotiated to establish borders and prescribe conditions of behavior between the parties. The negotiations ended in a mutually signed pact which had to be approved by the U.S.Congress. From 1832 until 1871, American Indian nations were considered to be domestic, dependent tribes. Negotiated treaties between tribes and the U.S. had to be approved by the U.S. Congress.


National Archives and Records Administration. "American Indian Treaties." National Archives. October 4, 2016. Accessed September 9, 2021.


0.21 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/07/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. Oversize collection processing completed 2021/09/09 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/09 by Lauren Patton.EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/10 by Brittany Kropf.
Native American treaties photostat collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.