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Superintendents of Indian Affairs for a specific locality existed from approximately 1803 until 1878, when the last Superintendency was abolished. After 1878, agents of the Bureau of Indian Affairs reported directly to the Commissioner's Office in Washington, DC.
A Superintendent of Indian Affairs was an administrator, communicating and overseeing the agents who worked directly with individual tribes. It was the responsibility of the superintendent to see that the agents were following official government policy. Records for Superintendencies exist in the National Archives and copies of many of them are also available in other research facilities.
|NARA#||FHLC First Film||Roll|
|Arkansa Superintendency 1824-1834||Tribes: Cherokee, Quapaw, Choctaw, Osage, Shawnee, Caddo and Delaware|
Florida Superintendency 1824-1853
|Michigan Superintendency 1824-1851||1604649|
|Iowa Superindency 1838-1849|
|Western Superindency 1832-1851|
|Wisconsin Superindency 1836-1848||M951||1618006|
|California Superindency 1849-1880|
|Minnesota Superindency 1849-1856|
|New Mexico Superindency 1849-1880||T21||1617620|
|Oregon Superindency 1842-1880|
|Utah Superindency 1849-1880|
|Central Superindency 1851-1880||M856||1662893|
|Northern Superindency 1851-1876||M1160||1490921|
|Southern Superindency 1851-1871||M640||1602871|
|Washington Superindency 1853-1880||1637277|
|Colorado Superindency 1861-1880|
|Dakota Superindency 1861-1880||M1016||1549631|
|Idaho Superindency 1863-1880||M832||1580047|
|Montana Superindency 1864-1880||1618090|
|Nevada Superindency 1861-1880||M837|
|Wyoming Superindency 1869-1880||1549631|
Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Press, .
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. Available online