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Lawrence Taliaferro Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Minnesota Historical Society

Additional information at and guide to the microfilm edition at

Lawrence Taliaferro (1794–1871) was a United States Army officer best known for his service as an Indian agent at Fort Snelling, Minnesota from 1820 through 1839 and also for his role in the quest for freedom of the famous African American slave Dred Scott. This collection includes order books and other items related to Taliaferro’s military service (1813–19), correspondence and journals reflecting his service as Indian agent in what later became the Territory and State of Minnesota (1820–39), and miscellaneous documents and correspondence (1839–68). The papers are particularly rich in data on the Dakota (Sioux) and Ojibway (Chippewa) Native American tribes of the Minnesota frontier.

4 reels, 12-page guide. Also available is one reel of research note cards, including an inventory

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Lawrence Taliaferro, c. 1830. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.


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