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The Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1850. After the Superintendency was abolished in 1870 and the agents reported directly to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Some correspondence continued to be filed under "Utah" until the change of filing systems in 1881, however.


Brigham Young, Jacob Forney, Benjamin Davies, Henry Martin, James D. Doty, Thomas A. Marshall, Orsamus H. Irish, Franklin H. Head, Bvt. Col. J.E. Tourtellotte [1]


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 of the Utah Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1853-1874, are at the National Archives and have been microfilmed as their Microcopy Number M834. Copies are also available at the Denver and San Francisco Regional Archives. This set of microfilm of the records of the Utah Superintendency is also available at the Family History Library and itsfamily history centers.

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Utah Superintendency, 1849-1880, 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 1661627 thru 1661636.


  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:


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