Iowa Superintendency of Indian Affairs

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History[edit | edit source]

The Iowa Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1838. After the Superintendency was abolished in 1846 and responsibility for most of the agencies was transferred to the St. Louis Superintendency.

Records for Superintendencies exist in the National Archives and copies of many of them are also available in other research facilities.

Tribes[edit | edit source]

Sioux, Sac and Fox, Ottawa, Chippewa, Winnebago, Priarie du Chein, and Potawatomi

Govenors and Ex officio Superintendents[edit | edit source]

Robert Lucas July 7, 1838, John Chambers March 25, 1841,and James Clarke  (papers of )  November 8, 1845 [1]

Agencies[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.

Subagency[edit | edit source]

  • Ioway Subagency 1825-1837 Records FHL film 1661092

Records[edit | edit source]

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Iowa Superintendency, 1838-1849, have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M234. Copies are available at the National Archives and at the Family History Library and its family history centers on their microfilm roll number 1661093.

References[edit | edit source]

Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Press, [1974].

Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington [District of Columbia]: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1981.

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:

  1. 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