Contents and Arrangement

56. Thomas Forsyth to William Clark, St. Louis, 1818 July 2

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection retains the form it received at the hands of the firm of McCarter & English for transmission to Princeton. It was organized in 75 sections, with section numbers indicated in brackets prior to the description. Sections are identified by docket numbers before the Indian Claims Commission. These categories are retained, with their original titles and numbers presented in the following guide (i.e. [10] DOCKET 138 - VALUATION - PLAINTIFF'S EXPERTS). With this listing came the following instructions: "The materials are listed in the numerical order in which it is suggested that the papers be read. Generally, the effort has been made to group together the papers related to each separate case before the Indian Claims Commission. The cases are set forth in the order in which they were tried (except for Docket 79-A, which is unrelated to the other cases). The reason is that certain exhibits from the earlier cases were transferred bodily to the files of the cases that were tried later; there are references to this circumstance in the folders containing the petitioner's exhibits.

"With respect to each case, the first files relate to the trial on the issue of liability, or the question of what land did the Indians own. Then come the papers dealing with the subsequent trial on the issue of valuation.

"At the end are grouped certain files that contain general material not actually made a part of the record in any of the trials."

Researchers should supplement the container list in this guide with the lists and digests of exhibits which are at the beginning of many of the sections. These exhibit lists provide far more detail than the container listing in most cases.

The 75 categories and the pages of the container list on which they begin are as follows:

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alfred L. Bush in 1993. Finding aid written by Alfred L. Bush in 1993.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

56. Thomas Forsyth to William Clark, St. Louis; McCarter and English Records on U.S. Indian Claims Cases, WC030, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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