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Miami Indians annuity payrolls

 Collection — Folder: OBC208
Identifier: OBC208

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat copies of payrolls that recorded the distribution of annuity payments to the Miami Indians who were "residing East of the Mississippi" for the years 1859 and 1860. The payrolls also include separate distribution lists for the Eel River tribe members who received payments.


  • 1859-1860

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Miami Indians settled in Indiana more than one hundred years before it became a territory in 1800. As American settlers moved into Indiana, several treaties with the United States forced the Miami to give up most of their land and move west of the Mississippi. Only a small portion of the Miami were excluded from the removal, including the families of Francis Slocum and chiefs Richardville, Godfroy, and Meshingomesia. For the cession of their land, Article 2 of a November 28, 1840 treaty gave the Miami $550,000, with $300,000 set apart for the payment of the tribe’s debts. The remaining $250,000 was to be paid to the members of the tribe in twenty annual installments. Article 4 of a June 5, 1854 treaty stipulated how the remaining payments of the $12,500 annuity would be divided: the Indiana Miami would receive $6,863.64 and the Miami who had moved west would receive $5, 636.36 per annum. A May 8, 1858 amendment by the Senate to Article 4 also authorized payment of interest earned on $221,257.80 at 5 percent and the annuities were paid by gold and silver coin.


Information found within collection.

Kappler, Charles J. ed. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties Vol. II. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903.

Miami County Museum. “Miami County History.” Accessed March 4, 2019.


.06 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Miami County (Ind) Museum on 1930/03/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/03/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/03/04 by Laura Eliason.
Miami Indians annuity payrolls
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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