This site includes a number of indexes and explanatory articles as well as a search engine. The explanatory articles concerning allotment and the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation provide tours of the main topics represented in the documents with links to indexes.
The site includes topical indexes for the Siletz documents and the 1871 published reports, and an index of reservations listed in the allotment tables.
Perhaps the most useful finding aid is the chronological index of documents in the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation collection. It allows a researcher to follow particular developments through the documents.
Many of the documents on this site were taken from microfilmed collections of reports and letters published by the National Archives. Others were taken from official publications, mainly the annual reports of the commissioner of Indian affairs. These were published under as many as four different names as reports of the commissioner, in the reports of the interior secretary, and in Senate and House versions published in the U.S. Serial Set, containing all congressional documents.
Many university libraries have some volumes of reports. A few have complete runs of printed serial sets, although the nineteenth-century volumes are now becoming too fragile to be handled. The most common form taken by the serial set in libraries seems to be microfiche.
Some of the documents in the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation collection were taken from newspapers on microfilm in the University of Oregon library, and some from documents that can be found at the National Archives or its Seattle branch.
ABOUT THIS SITE
This project was begun in 1992 by Prof. E.A. Schwartz to develop methods for making documents of federal Indian policy history accessible by computer. The first documents used, now in the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation collection, were originally gathered for dissertation research.
The material about allotment a significant development little known to non-specialists was compiled originally for two conference papers, both intended to refute the once-conventional interpretation of the enormous Indian loss of land after allotment as a result of Indian unwillingness to take up "civilized" responsibilities.
The 1871 published documents are intended to be the beginning of a large collection of similar reports from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This project began with the transcription of documents in the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation collection in 1992 and 1993 at California State University, San Marcos, with the assistance of Cheryl Coates, Caroljeanne Starr Forman, Annie Hall, and Diana McIntosh.
The work was made possible by grants from the CSUSM Multicultural Studies Center and other California State University sources.