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The Nevada Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1861. After the Superintendency was abolished in 1870, the agents reported directly to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Correspondence continued to be filed under "Nevada" until the filing system was changed in 1881, however.


The principal tribes living in Nevada were thePaiute, Washo, and Shoshoni. The Walker River and Pyramid Lake Reservations also came under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Agency.

The responsibility of the Superintendency included such matters as enforcement of treaties, annuities and other payments to Indians, farming, improvements, depredations, construction of buildings, purchase and transportation of supplies, conduct of employees, and accounts.


James W. Nye 1861, Hubbard G. Parker 1865, Theodore T. Dwight 1866, Hubbard G. Parker 1867, Bvt. Col. A. D. Nelson 1869, Maj. Henry Douglas 1869, [1]


Records of the Nevada Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1869-1870, are at the National Archives and have been microfilmed as their Microcopy Number M837. Copies are also available at the San Francisco Regional Archives. This set of microfilm of the records of the Nevada Superintendency is also available at the Family History Library and itsfamily history centers.

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Nevada Superintendency, 1861-1880, 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 itsfamily history centers on their microfilm roll numbers 1661268 thru 1661275.


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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