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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Jasper Parish collection
    Creator: Parish, Jasper, 1767-1836
    Identifier/Call Number: mssParish
    Physical Description: 1.65 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1804-1828
    Abstract: A collection of material related to the life and work of Jasper Parish, interpreter for the U. S. government and Iroquois Native Americans.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Jasper Parish collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from W. C. Wyman, approximately 1920.

    Biographical / Historical

    Jasper Parish (1767-1836) of Canandaigua, New York, served as an interpreter and U.S. sub-agent to the Iroquois nation from 1792 to 1828. Parish was fluent in the Mohawk and Delaware languages after having lived among the Munsee and Mohawk nations for six years as a child. Parrish's residence with those nations began when he and his father were kidnapped by members of the Munsee nation on July 5, 1778. Parish lived with the Indians for seven years before returning to his birth family in 1784. In some records, his last name is sometimes spelled Parrish.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 34 items from 1804 to 1828; it consists primarily of correspondence, invoices, and receipts documenting business transactions made between Jasper Parish and U.S. government officials on behalf of the Seneca Nation. The Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora nations are also represented among these papers, as well as the Stockbridge Native Americans. Items include: a power of attorney authorizing Jasper Parish as agent and attorney for the Seneca Nation, notifications and accounts of council meetings, treaty negotiations and contracts for lands purchased, and receipts for annuity payments made to the Six Nations by the U.S. government.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Margaret Phung, January 2014. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the electronic finding aid derived from an earlier finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Related Materials

    The Jasper Parish collection forms part of the American Indian File.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cayuga Indians
    Indian agents
    Indians of North America -- New York (State) -- Government relations
    Indians of North America -- New York (State) -- History -- 19th century
    Oneida Indians -- History
    Onondaga Indians
    Quakers -- New York (State)
    Seneca Indians -- History
    Stockbridge Indians -- History
    Tuscarora Indians -- History
    Contracts -- United States -- 19th century
    Invoices -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Receipts (financial records) -- United States -- 19th century
    Farmer's Brother, approximately 1730-1841
    Lewis, Morgan, 1754-1844
    M'Intyre, Arch'd ( Archibald), 1772-1858
    Porter, Peter B. (Peter Buell), 1773-1844
    Red Jacket, Seneca chief, approximately 1756-1830
    Williams, Eleazer, 1787-1858