John Collier Papers, 1922-1968
Location: Microfilm E93 .C7 1968
This microfilm collection duplicates most of the John Collier Papers at the Yale
University library. The papers have been arranged in four parts, each part
representing a significant career period in Collier's life.
Part I (1922-1933) contains materials that deal with Collier's affiliation with
the American Indian Defense Association (AIDA). "Shortly after the
Association's incorporation in May 1923, Collier became its executive secretary,
and he served in this capacity until 1933 when he resigned to become
Commissioner of Indian Affairs." (Guide) Part I is divided into five series as
||Correspondence of John Collier, 1922-1933
||Correspondence and Papers of Others, 1907-1937
||Subject File, 1914-1933
||Office File of the AIDA, 1922-1933
||Writings and Research Materials, 1903-1933
Part II (1933-1945) contains materials related to Collier's
serving as Commissioner of Indian Affairs. "Much of the
material deals with the Wheeler-Howard Bill, which formed the basis
of Collier's "New Indian Deal". There is also a large amount
of material on the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest." (Guide) Part II
is divided into four series as follows:
||Memoranda and Reports, 1933-1945
||Commissioner's Subject File, 1933-1945
||Addresses and Writings, 1933-1945
Part III (1945-1960) contains materials related with the
Institute of Ethnic Affairs (IEA) and is divided into five series as
||Programs and Projects, 1937-1958
||Office File, 1942-1960
||Addresses and Writings, 1943-1957
Part IV (1957-1960) contains notes and correspondence kept by
Collier after his official retirement and is divided into two series
||Notes, Writings, and Personal Papers, 1911-1965
"Excluded from the microfilm edition were subject files of
printed materials which were gathered by Collier or his staff.
Most of these excluded files were in Parts II and III. The
contents of these subject files are not germane to an understanding
of Collier or his work." (Guide)
"Researchers should be aware that this large microfilm collection
provides an incomplete record of Collier's life. Before using
the collection, readers should consult Lawrence C. Kelly,
on Assimilation (1983); and Kenneth R. Philp, John Collier's
for Indian Reform (1977). Furthermore, it might be
necessary to examine other major archival holdings that contain
collier material, such as the People's Institute papers, New York
Public Library; the Office File of Commissioner John Collier,
national Archives; and the California League of American Indians,
Bancroft Library, university of California, Berkeley." (Kenneth R.
review in JSTOR)
How to search the collection:
There is a printed guide at Microfilm E93 C7 1968 Guide. This guide
briefly describes how each part of the collection is organized and provides
biographical information about John Collier. "A part and item frame
number, i.e., "I:47," has been assigned to each entry on the reel lists.
Each of the four parts starts with frame number one. These part and item
frame numbers relate directly to the reel lists in this guide. The use of
the asterisk "*" in the reel lists for the various correspondence series in
parts II-IV indicates more than ten items to or from the individual listed.
In part I the number of letters to and from an individual, where known, are
enclosed in parentheses and follow the dates for the correspondence."
The John Collier Papers, 1922-1969 - A guide to the Microfilm Edition -
Microfilm E93 C7 1968 Guide
For more information about this subject in our Library
Catalog, check out these
Collier, John, 1884-1968.
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Social reformers -- United States -- Correspondence.
Indians of North America -- Government relations -- 1934-
Time Period: 20th Century
Subject Keywords: Native American Studies, U. S. History
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