Indiana Indian Agency
Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
The Indiana Agency was the successor to the Fort Wayne Agency, which was established in 1802. Although there were some letters to the Office of Indian Affairs filed under this name for 1824-1828, most of them were filed under the name "Fort Wayne." After 1828, when the agency was moved from Fort Wayne to the south side of the Wabash River between the mouths of Pipe Creek and Eel River, the name Indiana Agency was more commonly used. The headquarters was at Logansport, near the mouth of Eel River.
The Indiana Agency was discontinued in 1835, although some letters regarding land issues, emigration, and even some general correspondence was filed under the Indiana Agency designation until as late as 1850.
Agents and Appointment Dates[edit | edit source]
John Tipton March 28, 1823, William Marshall January 13, 1832, and Abel C. Pepper July 1, 1835. 
Records[edit | edit source]
Agencies and subagencies were created as administrative offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its predecessors. Their purpose was (and is) to manage Indian affairs with the tribes, to enforce policies, and to assist in maintaining the peace. The names and location of these agencies may have changed, but their purpose remained basically the same. Many of the records of genealogical value (for the tribe and tribal members) were created by and maintained by the agencies.
Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Indiana Agency, 1824-1850, have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M234, Rolls 354-361. Copies are available at the National Archives and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1661084 thru 1661091).
References[edit | edit source]
- Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974, pp. 78-79.
- The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. By Edward E. Hill. Clearwater Publishing Co., New York, NY ©1974. FHL Book 970.1 H551o
- American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M234, p. 8.
- American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
- Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
- Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
- Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
- Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online