The American Indian File is an artifically assembled collection which includes miscellaneous pieces and four smaller groups
of papers concerning Indians east of the Mississippi River in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The documents are primarily
concerned with the transfer of land from Indians to whites and include deeds, indentures, treaties, proclamations and mortgages.
Nearly all the papers are dated from 1642 to 1815, with a very few pieces from the late 19th and the 20th centuries. Also
included is information on military and political affairs, negotiations and Indian ethnology, primarily between 1780 to 1850.
Tribes belonging to the Iroquorian language family, including the Cherokees and Senecas, are most fully represented, but tribes
in the Algonquian family, especially in the Great Lakes region are also represented.
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission
from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.