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Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Enhanced by the editors' use of margin notations and a comprehensive index, the information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins.
In May 1996, the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council awarded the Oklahoma State University Library a $1,500 grant to convert 150 pages of text from Volume II (Treaties) of Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler to a digital format, maintaining as much as possible the appearance and intent of the original work while allowing for enhanced access including full-text indexing. These pages include all of the pre-removal treaties of the Five Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. These tribes were chosen because of their significance to the state of Oklahoma. A description of this original project is available in this introduction.
In September 1999, the Library received word from the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Foundation that it would be the recipient of a $25,000 grant to continue work on Indian Affairs. The Library contracted with TechBooks, a data conversion company in Fairfax, Virginia, to digitize the remaining text from Volume II and continue with Volumes I and III-IV.
Volume II in its entirety is now available. A Table of Contents has been added for access to the treaties by year, as they are organized in the text. Page images will be added over time in .jpg format. The text is also available in SGML, using a modified version of TEI Lite for the DTD and the images will be in compressed .tif format for archival purposes. Volumes I, III and IV will be digitized and available later this year.
Questions and comments to:
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Produced by the Oklahoma State University Library and TechBooks, 1999-2000.
Generous support provided by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Atlanta, GA and the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, Inc.