Arizona Superintendency of Indian Affairs

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History[edit | edit source]

The Arizona Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1863. After the Superintendency was abolished in 1873, agencies under its jurisdiction reported directly to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Some correspondence from those agencies was filed under the Arizona Superintendency heading until 1881, however.

Records for Superintendencies exist in the National Archives and copies of many of them are also available in other research facilities.

Tribes[edit | edit source]

Pima, Papago, Maricopa, Apache, Yavapai, Walapai,Havasupai, Mojave, Yuma

Superintendens and Date of Appointments[edit | edit source]

George D. Poston, March 13, 1863, George W. Leihy, March 3, 1865, George W. Dent, August 9, 1866, BVT. Col. George W. Andrews, July 7, 1869, Herman Bendell, January 12, 1871, and John A. Tonner March 26, 1873. [1]

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Agencies and subagencies were created as administrative offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its predecessors. Their purpose was (and is) to manage Indian affairs with the tribes, to enforce policies, and to assist in maintaining the peace. The names and location of these agencies may have changed, but their purpose remained basically the same. Many of the records of genealogical value (for the tribe and tribal members) were created by and maintained by the agencies.

Records[edit | edit source]

Records of the Arizona Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1863-1873,(M734) are at the National Archives and have been microfilmed as their Microcopy Number M734. Copies are also available at the Regional Archives at Laguna Niguel and Denver, and at the University of Arizona, and Family History Library and it's centers FHL Film:1694796 first film of six

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Arizona Superintendency, 1863-1880, have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M234. Copies are available at the National Archives and at the Family History Library and its family history centers on FHL Films:1660733 thru 1660758.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. By Edward E. Hill. Clearwater Publishing Co., New York, NY ©1974. FHL Book 970.1 H551o

Hill, Edward E.The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Press, [1974].

Hill, Edward E. (comp.) Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington [District of Columbia]: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1981.

Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.

Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington, DC: