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Stockbridge and Munsee Tribe of Indians records

Identifier: VAULT-Ayer-MS-836


Tribal documents, 1789-1858, including petitions, memorials, arguments, powers of attorney, appointments, agreements, correspondence, financial reports, promissory notes, and requests for payment. Petitions, memorials, and arguments concern the tribe's negotiations with the U.S. government and the state of New York re: land sale profits and their distribution, relocation, citizenship, annuities, and other matters. There are appointments and powers of attorney authorizing John W. Quinney and others to negotiate on behalf of the tribe, correspondence with Indian agent William H. Bruce and with J.B. Macy, and a promissory note signed by Stockbridge missionary John Sergeant. In addition to John W. Quinney, other sachems and councilors signing documents include Jeremiah Slingerland, Joseph M. Quinney, Austin E. Quinney, Ziba T. Peters, Simon S. Metoxen, and John Metoxen.


  • Creation: 1789-1858


Biographical / Historical

Tribe of the Mohican Confederacy, known as the Stockbridge Indians, which relocated in the mid-1780s to New Stockbridge, N.Y., and again in 1833 to Wisconsin near Green Bay. In 1843 the Stockbridge agreed to move again to lands west of the Mississippi River. This move was averted in 1854 when the tribe negotiated successfully to remain in Wisconsin on 460 acres at Stockbridge near Lake Winnebago.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Arranged chronologically.

Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

Bibliographic References

Butler, R.L. Checklist of Mss. in the Ayer Coll., 836-858.

Processing Information Note

Documents, 1802-1858, formerly known as Ayer MS 837-858.

1852 treasurer's report and 1858 list of Stockbridge Indians due New York state funds shelved in Ayer oversize mss. boxes.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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