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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Tule (Tularenos), Tejon, Kings River, Mono, Kawai, Wikchamni, and Kern River (Tubatulabal) Bands

History

The Tule River Agency was established in 1864 on the Tule River. A farm on the Tule River had been established by 1858 and was attached to the Tejon Agency. In 1863, that farm was made a reservation and the Indians formerly at Tejon and at Kings River were moved to that farm (reservation). In 1876, the agency was moved to a new reservation on the South Fork of the Tule River in southeastern Tulare County[1]. Tule River Agency, California, 1897-1936. The agency was abolished in 1924 and its duties were transferred to the Sacramento Agency[2].

Agents and Appointment Dates

George S. Hoffman (special) June 1, 1864, Charles Maltby July 19, 1867, Lt. J. H. Purcell June 12, 1869, Charles Maltby January 23, 1871, Joel B. Vosburgh September 22, 1873, C. G. Belknap October 2, 1875 [3]

Records

Some of the historical records of the Tule River Agency are in the Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in San Francisco[4]. Among them are:

  • Census records, 1897-1936
  • Agency reports and administrative records, 1913-1923
  • School records, 1915-1923
  • Medical records and vital statistics, 1919-1938

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 Tule River Agency, 1884-1887, are on roll 53 of that Microcopy set[5]. Copies are available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll number 1617726).

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at the Tule River Agency for 1885-1887, and 1915-1923. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, roll 594[6]. 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 583053). Annual census rolls were also taken under the name of Mission Tule River Agency for 1886, 1888, 1893, and 1894 thru 1903. They are on rolls 257-259 of Microcopy M595 (FHL microfilm numbers 579667-579669). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.

The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Tule River Indian Reservation. The census includes the non-Indian employees of the Tule River Agency, as well as many pages of Indian Population Schedules for the native population of the Reservation. They are recorded as District 72, Tule River Indian Reservation, in Tulare County, California.

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Tule River Agency, 1908-1923, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Roll 156[7], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm number 1724374.

Census Records, 1934-1940. FHL film: 976980 item 2

Vital Records, 1925-1938. FHL film: 976980 item 1

References

  1. Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974, p. 23.
  2. Guide to Archival Holdings, Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), San Francisco, Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Available online.
  3. 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
  4. Guide to Federal Records, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75. Available online.
  5. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M1070, p. 48.
  6. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M595, p. 51.
  7. American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998, Microcopy M1011, p. 27.
  • 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.
  • Marquette University. Guide to Catholic-Related Records in the Midwest about Native Americans.
  • 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.

 

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