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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Shoshone

History

An official was appointed for the Shoshones in Elko, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine Counties in 1869. The Western Shoshone Agency was established in 1878 at Elko, Nevada[1][2], and continued to function through the early 1950's. By 1955, it was a subagency of the Nevada Agency[3].

Agent

John How July 1, 1878 [4]

Records

Many records of the Western Shoshone Agency, 1869-1952, are in the Pacific Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in San Francisco<ref>Guide to Federal Records, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75. Available online.</ref>, including student registers and attendance records, 1899-1931, and other administrative and financial records.

The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Western Shoshone Indian Reservation. The census includes the non-Indian employees of the Western Shoshone Agency, as well as many pages of Indian Population Schedules for the native population of the Reservation. They are recorded as District 50, Western Shoshone Agency, in Elko County, Nevada.

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 Western Shoshone Agency, 1883-1889, are on roll 56 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 1617729).

Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1885, 1887-1890, and 1892-1939. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 646 thru 648[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 583105-583107). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site. The 1891 census roll for the Western Shoshone Agency, although missing in the above set, has been filed and microfilmed with census rolls for the Shoshone Agency, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming. That roll lists 590 Western Shoshone and Paiute Indians living in Nevada. It is also included in Ancestry.com's digitized set under the Shoshone Agency, rather than the Western Shoshone Agency (their images 112-133 for the years 1885, 1890-93, 1895-99.)

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Western Shoshone Agency, 1907-1936, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Rolls 167-168[7], available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm numbers 1724385-1724386. Reports for some years are missing.

Records Available Through the Family History Library

Employees 1883-1915 FHL Film: 976980 Item 5

References

  1. Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974, p. 109.
  2. 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, p. 190.
  3. 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.
  4. Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974. FHL Book 970.1 H551o
  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.
  • 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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