Klamath Indian Agency (Oregon)
Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency
Klamath, Modoc, "Snake," and Pit River who lived on the Klamath Reservation.
A special agent was assigned to the Indians of the Klamath Lake area in 1861. That special agent was made a subagent in 1862 and in 1867, the subagent moved onto the Klamath Reservation. The Klamath Agency was made a full agency in 1872. The agency was terminated in 1961. .
Some records of the Klamath Agency, 1867-1952, are in the Pacific Alaska Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Seattle, including records of allotments and annuities, as well as many other administrative and fiscal records of the agency. A brief listing of those records are online at the National Archives web site.
The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Klamath Indian Reservation. The census includes the non-Indian employees of the Klamath Agency, as well as many pages of Indian Population Schedules for the native population of the Reservation. They are recorded as District 179, Klamath Indian Reservation, in Klamath County, Oregon.
Reports of Inspection of the Field Jurisdictions of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1873-1900 have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of Microcopy Number M1070. The reports for Klamath Agency, 1881-1900 are on rolls 21-22 of that Microcopy set. Copies are available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1617694-1617695).
Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1885 thru 1939. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 224-228. Copies of these records are also available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm numbers 576913-576917). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.
Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Klamath Agency, 1907-1936, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, rolls 73-75, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm number 1724291-1724293).
- American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
- Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
- Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
- 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: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
- "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.