Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Indian Claims Commission


(Record Group 279)
1946-83

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 279.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 279.2 GENERAL RECORDS 1946-78
  • 279.3 CASE FILES 1946-83
  • 279.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

279.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As an independent agency by an act of August 13, 1946 (60 Stat. 1049).

Functions: Heard and determined claims against the United States on behalf of any tribe, band, or other identifiable group of American Indians residing in the United States and filed within 5 years of the passage of the establishing act.

Abolished: Effective September 30, 1978, by an act of October 8, 1976 (90 Stat. 1990).

Successor Agencies: U.S. Court of Claims (pending cases).

Finding Aids: Carmelita S. Ryan, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Indian Claims Commission," NC 16 (Oct. 1962); preliminary inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Indian Claims Commission in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46.
Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, RG 48.
Records of the Bureau of Land Management, RG 49.
Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, RG 75.
Records of the U.S. Court of Claims, RG 123.

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279.2 GENERAL RECORDS
1946-78

Textual Records: Opinions, findings of facts, and orders, 1948- 78, with index. Journal of the commission, 1947-48. Official reading file, 1965-78. General correspondence, 1947-78. Congressional correspondence, 1949-78. Correspondence with the White House, 1952-75. Press releases, 1970-76. Publications, 1946-78.

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279.3 CASE FILES
1946-83

Textual Records: Closed docketed case files, including anthropological and ethnological reports, and histories of Indian tribes, 1947-83. Register of docketed case file documents, 1946- 78.

Maps (1,092 items): Tribal areas, treaty and reservation boundaries, village locations, routes of early explorers, and related subjects, separated from docketed case files, 1947-79.

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279.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE Maps UNDER 279.3.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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