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About this collection

Held by LA County Library's American Indian Resources Center, this collection contains letters from federal and state government officials and private citizens in California to the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The letters concern issues related to California Indians immediately before and during the first 30 years of California's statehood from 1849 to 1880. The letters served to keep the Office informed about the status and developments in the governance of Indian affairs in California.

 

To help make this collection of handwritten documents more accessible, the Library has opened the collection to the public for help with transcribing. If you'd like to help, visit the project page on our website.

 

About the American Indian Resource Center

The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) was established in 1979 to meet the informational, cultural and educational needs of Native Americans in Los Angeles County and to make information about them available to the larger community.The AIRC collection is the largest public library collection in the U.S. that focuses on American Indians. AIRC materials include audiocassettes, books, compact discs, films, magazines, microfilm, newsletters, newspapers, and videocassettes. Most of these materials can be checked out.

 
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