Cherokee papers, 1823-1876, undated

Scope and content:

This series includes a wide range of material documenting the legal and financial status of North Carolina Cherokees during the early 19th century. It includes copies and correspondence regarding several treaties between the U.S. government and the Cherokee chiefs; powers of attorney for various Cherokee families who relied on Thomas to support their interests to the Dept. of the Interior; censuses of Cherokee remaining in North Carolina following the Indian Removal Acts; legal depositions, opinions, and complaints involving Cherokee land claims; crime by and against Cherokee people; pensions and relief due the Cherokees; and compensation collected by Thomas according to the terms of the various Indian treaties. There are also volumes of customer accounts designated by Thomas as "Indian Books" kept by him and his employees at his various stores; additional documentation of Cherokee financial accounts can be found on loose pages in the General Papers series and in other account books in the Financial Materials series.


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