Papers date from 1756 to 1793.
Israel Pemberton and the other leaders of the Association sought to represent the interests of the Delaware in their ongoing dispute with the Pennsylvania government over the so-called “walking purchase.” They monitored and participated in a series of treaty negotiations in the late 1750s and early 1760s. The papers contain hundreds of unique and detailed accounts of behind-the-scenes treaty negotiations; historical documents related to Native American affairs; the correspondence of Pemberton and others relating to fund-raising and the exigencies of Pennsylvania politics; and missives from Indigenous leaders, transcribed by a network of Indigenous “go-betweens."
Although this group was founded in the 19th century, their records include some 18th century materials, including "Cherokee's message to the Mingoes, June 1758" and a message from message from Cornplanter in reply to an offer from the Quakers to teach Native Americans (1796).
This agreement discusses to who can live among the Native Americans, permits for liquor sales, and punishments for those who declare that the English are not their friends. It is signed by James Logan, William Penn's secretary, in the presence of five other colonists, and Widaagh or Orytyagh, Andaggyjunkquagh, CunnyaTagaagh, ConnotaghSaw, Moyonteequagh, and Misquohissy for the Susquehanna and Sheona
"Evidenced in the remarkable deliverance of Robert Barrow, with divers other persons, from the devouring waves of the sea; amongst which they suffered shipwrack: and also, from the cruel, devouring jaws of the inhumane canibals of Florida. Faithfully related by one of the persons concerned therein"
Philadelphia, printed ; London, Reprinted, and sold by T. Sowle, 1700
Hetzel was a professor of engineering at Haverford and an amateur photographer. He was deeply involved with Seneca protests over the flooding of their land due to the construction of the Kinzua Dam in the 1950s and 1960s.
This collection is composed of the single volume diary of Joel Swayne entitled, “Some account of my journey to the Seneca Nation of Indians and Residence Amongst that People.” Entries describe Swayne’s journey to the Seneca nation, and the two years he spent there. Swayne provides detailed descriptions of the chief, “Cornplanter,” the chief’s family, the village and villagers, cultural differences between the Quakers and the Senecas, the difficulty of the language barrier, and discussions between Quaker missionaries and Seneca members.
This collection is comprised of the single bound volume. The original account was written in 1798 &
1799. This copy, in an unknown hand, was likely written in the latter half of the 19th century. The volume describes Isaac Coates, Joshua Sharpless, and John Pierce's travel to Native American reservations on behalf of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Indian Committee, and the work they did while there.
Ms. Coll. 1104: These papers include letterpress copies of letters, divided into three categories:
1. Letters to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington
2. Letters to the Indian Agents under the jurisdiction of Hoag
3. Letters characterized as "individual letters."
Within this correspondence, the subjects of the murder of the Chief of Wichitas by the Osage and the murder of four Osage by, allegedly, the Kansas militia most stand out.
Ms. Coll. 1034: This collection includes correspondence, financial papers, and an account book. The papers touch on the work of Indian agents, the transportation of tribes to the reserves, the progress and politics of getting Indian legislation through Congress, and troubles at various Indian Agencies.
Ms. Coll. 1003: The Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs originated in 1869 in answer to President Grant's Peace Policy, officially giving management of the Indians in the Central Superintendency (Kansas and the Indian Territory) to the Orthodox branch of the Society of Friends. The election of President Hayes ended the essentially friendly relationship between the Quakers and the administration as it became evident that some officials distrusted the work and integrity of Friends. As a result, Friends withdrew from government sponsored work in 1879 and directed their efforts towards missionary work and the establishment of Meetings among the Indians. Edward M. Wistar was chairman of the Committee from 1895-1919.