Tuesday, July 24, 2018

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set

…from the desk of Brenda Hemmelman, Collection Services Librarian

greyscale photo of congressional building with feather
A recently attended webinar from the Federal Depository Library Program Training Academy highlighted a great resource from the University of Oklahoma.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set is a collection of United States government documents that were assembled from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries print collection and scanned at the University of Oklahoma Donald E Pray Law Library. Librarians Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu identified titles to scan using Steven L. Johnson’s book, Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899. The database is the product of a six-year-long partnership. It was undertaken in order to provide free, online access to this historic content for the benefit of tribes, scholars, students and the public in general.

During the 19th century, the United States was engaged in an era of territorial expansion and addition of new states. The government entered into treaties with tribes, conducted wars with tribes, established reservations, relocated tribes, and determined rights to the lands and resources of the indigenous population. The Serial Set provides in-depth, detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory.