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Miami Indians collection

 Collection — Folder: OB180
Identifier: OB180

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat copies of handwritten lists of English to Miami vocabulary words copied from the originals that were in the possession of Mrs. Charles A. Stockbridge of Fort Wayne, Indiana (undated) and a copy of an October 29, 1936 letter written by Amos W. Butler that supplies a brief description of the Stockbridge family. The collection also includes photostats of a "List of Persons agreed upon as Miami Indians of whole or part blood, (by the parties from the Indian Country and those from Indians who signed the treaty of the 5th June 1854) who are to draw annuities in Indiana" and was signed by George Manypenny, Commissioner of Indian Affairs (circa 1850s).


  • circa 1850, 1936, 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 Miami Indians settled in Indiana more than one hundred years before it became a territory in 1800 and originally spoke an Algonquian dialect. 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. A November 28, 1840 treaty paid the Miami $550,000 for the land they ceded, but $300,000 was immediately 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. George Manypenny, the commissioner of Indian Affairs, met with tribal leaders from Kansas and Indiana to negotiate changes to previous treaties. A new treaty was signed on June 5, 1854 and it officially recognized the Indiana Miami as a separate tribal government from the Kansas Miami and authorized that payment of annuities was to only be made to tribal members approved by the tribal councils.


Information found within collection.

Glenn, Elizabeth and Stewart Rafert. The Native Americans. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2009.

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.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 medium oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations, including from the Terre Haute Library.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/02/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/03/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid updated 2021/09/10 by Lauren Patton.
Miami Indians 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.