Colorado Superintendency of Indian Affairs

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The Colorado Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1861 . After the Superintendency was abolished in 1870, after which the agents reported directly to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Correspondence continued to be filed under "Colorado" until the filing system was changed in 1881, however.

Governors and Ex Officio Superintendents

William Gilpin March 25, 1861, John Evans March 26, 1862,

A. Cameron Hunt May 10, 1867, and Edward M. McCook April 17, 1869



Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Colorado Superintendency, 1861-1880, 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 their microfilm roll numbers 1660927 thru 1660944.


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: