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Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764‐1953

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Need to track the progress of a tribal treaty? Examine correspondence between territorial officials and Washington? Research accounts of battles and troop movements? Review records of agricultural and industrial production? Examine shipping records? Explore firsthand accounts of frontier life via letters and financial documents? Trace family histories using passenger lists? View petitions for statehood? All this and more can be done using Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953. Documents come from National Archives and Records Administration and the official records of the Departments of State and the Interior. This is an excellent source for primary documents regarding this period of history, though it should be noted these documents largely come from a white, male, governmental, non-native perspective, as might be expected for the time period. Strong in advanced search options, it could use some improvement in the finer points (see under Searching and Critical Evaluation).

Publication date: April 1, 2020

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