Cornell University Library in association with Professor Jon Parmenter of the Cornell University History Department is providing digitized and transcibed Native American manuscript records. The Goal is to create site/tool which makes images, transcriptions, and annotations visible simultaneously. These materials are from the records of the Albany Commissioner of Indian Affairs and covers the period of 1678-1755.
The Illustration to the left is of Thayendanegea or Joseph Brant (1743 - 1807). Joseph Brant was of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Tribe. He was the most well-known Native American of his generation who allied himself closely with Great Britain. He met many important people of his time including George Washington and King George III.
Joseph Brant became a prominent poltical and military leader of the Iroquois League. He was helped by Sir William Johnson, the British Indian agent of the province of New York and his brother-in-law.
During the American Revolutionary War, Brant sided with the British and fought against American Revolutionaries on the New York frontier.
After the war, Joseph Brant, continued the struggle for his people. He moved to Canada where he died.