Auction 162, Lot 290

"Annual Reports of the Department of the Interior for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1904 - Indian Affairs. Part II. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes...", U.S. Department of Interior

Subject: Oklahoma

Period: 1904 (published)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
5.9 x 9.2 inches
15 x 23.4 cm

The 198-page Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, with its accompanying seven foldout maps illustrating the progress of the allotment work, is perhaps the most important of the three sections. The printed color maps include:

A. Indian Territory Showing Railroad Systems, June 30, 1904 B. Map of Seminole Nation (9.2 x 15.3")
C. Creek & Seminole Nations Indian Territory (24.0 x 25.5")
D. Map Showing Progress of Allotment in Cherokee Nation (25.5 x 35.0")
E. Map of Choctaw Nation Indian Territory (33.0 x 36.5")
F. Map of Choctaw Nation Indian Territory Coal and Asphalt Segregation and Pine Timber of Commercial Value (33.0 x 36.5")
G. Map of the Chickasaw Nation (30.0 x 32.5")

The text notes the enrollment had been ongoing for six years and that 90% of the tribe population had completed enrollment. More than 200,000 "citizens and claimants" were personally examined. Work was expected to be completed by July 1, 1905. Each claimant would receive 40 acres. The text also provides details regarding the changes in legislation that had to be taken into account, definition of terms and qualification for allotments, etc. This is an important document describing the breakup of the Indian Territory, leading up to its inclusion in the State of Oklahoma in 1907. Complete volume with 896 pp, 8vo. Hardbound in original sheepskin with gilt titling over red and black bands on spine.

References:

Condition: B+

Maps are all in very good condition with short binding tears, fold separations, light offsetting, and/or light toning along the folds. Text is good with minor toning along the edges and a few creased corners. Covers have a couple abrasions, the hinges are starting, and spine is lightly scuffed with a chip at top and some loss to part of the black leather label.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/26/2017

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