American Indian Archive

Since 1934, the OHS archives have housed American Indian Records for numerous tribes. These records include a variety of official documents and information relating to tribes in Indian & Oklahoma Territory. Many of these materials are available on microfilm. Patrons who wish to view these records are asked to use microfilmed copies when available. When accessing Federal American Indian records, researchers must first sign a research application form.

Records of the Five Civilized Tribes - Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee) and Seminole

Dating from the 1850s to the around 1910, this collection contains materials generated by the tribal governments. Included are census records, accounts of legislative sessions, court dockets, correspondence, election records, treasurer's records, materials relating to land allotment and leases, and school records.

American Indian Agency Records

This collection contains records created by federal Indian agencies and sub-agencies including:

  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency
  • Kiowa, Comanche & Apache Agency
    • Wichita & Affiliated Bands Subagency including Caddo, Delaware, Keechi, Tawakoni and Waco
  • Pawnee Agency
    • Ponca Subagency
    • Otoe-Missouria, Tonkawa, Nez Perce
  • Quapaw Agency
    • Includes Eastern Shawnee, Seneca-Cayuga, Wyandot, Ottawa, Miami, Modoc and Peoria with some Wea & Piankashaw records
  • Sac and Fox Agency
    • Includes Absentee Shawnee Subagency - Potawatomi and Mexican Kickapoo

Researchers should note that each agency may include multiple sub-agencies which served the people of numerous different tribes. The majority of these records date from post-Civil War to the late 1920s, and cover subjects including accounts, agents, agricultural leases, allotments, cattle, census, claims, correspondence, employees, estates, funds, individual Indian files, individual Indian money files, minerals, property, railroads, schools and more.

To learn more about the American Indian Archives, see:
Full Description of the American Indian Archives
Tribal census records on microfilm
History of the Dawes Commission
Index to the Dawes Final Rolls
Index to the 1896 Applications for Enrollment
Summary of American Indian Holdings
Sources for information about Freedmen
Catalog of American Indian Microfilm Records (PDF)
American Indian Tribes with headquarters in Oklahoma
Removal of Tribes to Oklahoma