Collection Scope and Content Note
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The Stockbridge Indian papers in the Huntington Free Library are organized in three parts: the calendar of the documents, Stockbridge documents (also called personal documents), and government documents (also referred to as legislative documents).
The bulk of the Stockbridge Indian Papers in the Huntington Free Library are tribal documents (inaccurately referred to as "personal documents" on the microfilm headers and in the calendar). They are composed of a wide range of tribal and personal records kept by Stockbridge Indian leaders during this time. Included in the documents are copies of treaties; petitions to New York State and the federal governments; tribal rolls; lists of payments to Stockbridge and Munsee individuals; powers of attorney from Stockbridge leaders to particular individuals; government documents; and annuity claims. The documents range from correspondence about relocating to sites in Indiana and Wisconsin to receipts for small expenditures. Undated documents are at the end of the Stockbridge documents in an arbitrary order.
Government documents (called legislative documents on the microfilm headers) comprise document numbers 977 to 1094 in the collection. They reflect political actions involving the Stockbridge, Munsee, Brothertown, and Oneida nations in the U.S. Congress, the New York State Legislature, and the U.S. Court of Claims. Many of these documents are from the Miller collection, which was compiled from the files of Avery Miller, Stockbridge delegate to Washington in the late 1800s. Documents from other sources are also included. Government documents are also found in the "Tribal Documents" section of the Papers.