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Finding Aid to the Indian Claims Commission Records MS.247
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  • Related Archival Materials note
  • General note
  • Custodial history
  • Biographcal note
  • Preferred citation
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Processing history
  • Arrangement
  • Use
  • Access

  • Title: Indian Claims Commission records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.247
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet 2 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date: Nov-07
    creator: O'Marr, Louis J.
    creator: United States. Indian Claims Commission.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Indian Claims Commission Decisions in cooperation with the University of Tulsa Law Library and the National Indian Law Library, the Electronic Publishing Center digitized all 43 volumes of this collection, http://digital.library.okstate.edu/icc/index.html.

    General note

    Tribal names used were taken from the formal Indian Claims Commission Index or the documents themselves.

    Custodial history

    The collection consists of Louis J. O'Marr's original work files. The collection was then inherited by his granddaughter Valerie Lloyd upon his death. Lloyd gave the collection to Joy Strayer in 2003. Joy Strayer donated the collection to the Braun Research Library in 2007.

    Biographcal note

    Louis J. O'Marr was a judge appointed to the Indian Claims Commission. A former grocer and a small-town Wyoming lawyer, he was elected state attorney general in 1943. Although not possessing any special expertise in Indian affairs, he was appointed as an assistant Commissioner to the Indian Claims Commission, created on August 13, 1946, and sworn in on April 10, 1946 by President Harry S. Truman.

    Preferred citation

    Indian Claims Commission Record, 1848-1965, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.247; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Scope and Contents note

    A majority of the collection consists of copies of legal documents brought before the Indian Claims Commission. Commission documents include petitions, reports, findings of facts, amendments, opinions, orders, and appeals. Also included are policies, draft reports, O’Marr correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and copies of historic acts and treaties.
    Series II deals predominately with California Indian groups, however, there is a small portion that pertains to groups in Nevada.

    Processing history

    Processed by Anna Liza Posas, 2007. Additional processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


    Series; Organized into three series; divided by case or subject and then arranged alphabetically by tribal name and then by date.
    Series I: General policy documents and correspondence
    Series II: Indians of California claims Sub-series I: Appeals Sub-series II: Claims Sub-series III: Newspaper clippings Sub-series IV: Rules and acts documents
    Series III: Non-California Indian claims Sub-series I: Claims and appeals of individual tribes or nations includes legal documents involving individual tribes, nations, or bands. Some claims for one group could include multiple docket numbers Sub-series II: Claims and appeals for combined tribes or nations includes a single case with multiple docket numbers, plaintiffs, and petitioners listed. This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by the tribal name first listed on the claim


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cherokee Indians -- Claims
    Court dockets
    Creek Indians -- Claims
    Crow Indians -- Claims
    Dakota Indians -- Claims
    Delaware Indians -- Claims
    Legal documents
    Miami Indians -- Claims
    Mohave Indians -- Claims
    Nez Percé Indians -- Claims
    Northern Paiute Indians -- Claims
    Omaha Indians -- Claims
    Seminole Indians -- Claims
    Shoshoni Indians -- Claims
    Southern Paiute Indians -- Claims