Michigan Superintendency of Indian Affairs

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The Michigan Superintendency of Indian Affairs was established in 1805. After the Superintendency was abolished in1851 and the responsibility was transferred to the new Northern Superintendency.

Governors and Ex Officio Superintendents 

Willaim Hull   March 1, 1805,  Lewis Cass   October 29, 1813,  George B. Porter  August  6, 1831, Stevens T. Mason (acting)  took charge upon the death of Porter  July 6, 1834, and  John S. Horner September 8, 1835, 


The records of the Michigan Superintendency includes correspondence mainly concerning Wyandot, Delaware, Shawnee, Ottawa, Chippewa, Potawatomi, Miami, Kickapoo, Winnebago, Sauk, Piankeshaw, Kaskaskia, Oneida, Milwaukie, Sandusky, Wea, Seneca, Mohawk, Fox, and Menominee Indians. The letters include annuities paid to Indians, gifts to them, military affairs, rations, accounts, schools, missions, treaties, law and order, blacksmiths, and licenses to trade with the Indians.


Records of the Michigan Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1814-1882, are at theNational Archives and have been microfilmed as their Microcopy Number M1. Copies are also available at the Chicago and San Francisco Regional Archives. This same set of microfilm of the records of the Michigan Superintendency is also available at the Family History Library and itsfamily history centers.

Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Michigan Superintendency, 1824-1851, 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 1661149 thru 1661157.


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: