Idaho Superintendency of Indian AffairsEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

United States Gotoarrow.png American Indian Research Gotoarrow.png Bureau of Indian Affairs Gotoarrow.png Superintendencies Gotoarrow.png Idaho Superintendency



The Idaho Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1863. 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 "Idaho" until the filing system was changed in 1881, however.

Special Agent, Governors and Ex Officio Superintendents and Army Officer Detailed as Superintendent

George C. Hough served as special agent, 1866-1869, William H. Wallace March 10, 1863, Caleb Lyon February 26, 1864, David W. Ballard April 10, 1876, and Col. De L. Floyd-Jones June 17, 1876 [1]


The Flathead and Blackfeet Agencies were under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Superintendency for a very short time in 1863-64.


Records of the Idaho Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1863-1870, are at the National Archives and have been microfilmed as their Microcopy Number M832. Copies are also available at the Seattle Regional Archives. This same set of microfilm of the records of the Idaho Superintendency are also available at the Family History Library and its family history centers.

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Idaho 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 their microfilm roll numbers 1661067 thru 1661083.


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:


  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


Need additional research help? Contact our research help specialists.

Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.

Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).

  • This page was last modified on 21 January 2015, at 22:45.
  • This page has been accessed 1,153 times.