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Collection of Indian trade licenses

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2968

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photostats of trade licenses, oaths, and bonds in manuscript and printed form, in French and English, and lists of licenses granted for the years 1766 to 1790. These photostats were made by the Minnesota Historical Society in 1925 from negatives received from the Canadian Archives and from negatives in the possession of Professor Wayne E. Stevens of Dartmouth College. The materials document the British and French trade in the Ohio Valley.


  • circa 1925

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Licenses were issued to Canadian fur traders under both French and British governments. The abstracts that accompanu this collection were created under the direction of Professor Wayne E. Stevens of Dartmouth College in 1925 and were typed at the Minnesota Historical Society during the same year. This project included the creation of the photostat copies also included and was cooperative with the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, the Historical Survey of the University of Illinois, the state historical societies of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota and the Indiana State Library.


0.08 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

B055: Oversize collection of Indian trade licenses

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/02 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/02 by Lauren Patton.
Collection of Indian trade licenses
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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