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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF
THE OFFICE OF
THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES AGENCY
MUSKOGEE AREA of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Record Group 75)

Compiled by Kent Carter, September 1994

The Southwest National Archives branch in Fort Worth, Texas holds most of the original Bureau of Indian Affairs records from Oklahoma. This is their extensive inventory of approximately 650 types of records covering enrollment, allotment, leases, finances, probate, programs, and schools. These original records must be viewed in person at the SW National Archives.   Please see Visiting the National Archives.


Go to: Introduction ... Table of Contents ... Appendix I-VIII ... Alphabetical index (A-I)

Go to Record Entries: 1-60a ... 61-128 ... 129-207a ... 208-288a ... 289-359 ... 360-442a ... 443-506 ... 507-579 ... 580-649


RECORDS RELATING TO LEASES

Prior to allotment, the tribal governments issued permits to non-Indians allowing them to use land for agricultural or business purposes. Under the Curtis Act of 1898, Revenue Inspectors assigned to the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory began collecting most of the permit fees and taxes. The Superintendent of the Union Agency exercised some supervision over the leasing of allotted and unallotted land under the agreements with the tribes that governed allotment and regulations issued by the Secretary of Interior on July 1, 1902 and June 10, 1903. Many allottees ignored the regulations and leased their land without the approval of the Secretary of Interior. The legality of such leases was the subject of voluminous litigation in state and Federal courts and created major problems in determining title to land. An act of Congress of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat 1048) authorized the agency to investigate and cancel any leases obtained by fraud.

Following the discovery of oil in the Creek Nation in 1901, the agency was flooded with requests for oil and gas leases. In 1906, a Lease Division was established that included an Oil Inspector and several assistants who investigated lease applications and reported on drilling operations and production. The Royalty Division collected the revenue from leases and maintained trust accounts for each Indian lessor. The District Agents who were appointed in June, 1908, spent much of their time investigating lease applications and collecting revenue. An act of Congress of May 27, 1908 (35 Stat. 312) permitted allottees to give agricultural leases for up to five years to their "Surplus" allotments and one year leases on their "Homestead" allotments without approval but made all mineral leases subject to approval by the Secretary of Interior.

The Lease Division was merged with the Individual Indian Money Division in 1926 which then became the Indian Lands and Money Division in 1927. The Oil Inspector and his assistants worked closely with officials of the U.S. Geological Survey and field employees of the Five Civilized Tribes Agency to supervise the operation of leases and the collection of royalties and other revenue. When Muskogee was designated as the site of an Area Office in 1949, a Branch of Land and a Branch of Minerals were established within the Division of Resources to supervise leases to restricted Indian land. The two branches were merged in 1958 to form the Branch of Realty that became the Branch of Real Property Management in 1965.

See the following articles in the Chronicles of Oklahoma for information about oil and gas exploration: Fred S. Clinton, "The First Oil and Gas Well in Tulsa County" (Volume3 Number 3); Frank F. Finey, "The Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Company" (Volume 37 Number 2); David C. Boles, "Prairie Oil and Gas Company" (Volume 46 Number 2); and George Steinmeyer, "A History of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company to 1904" (Volume 51 Number 2).


GENERAL RECORDS

443. LETTERS SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR.

1916-1920. 2 in.
Carbon copies of letters sent by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of Interior and some correspondence between the Commissioner and the Superintendent of the FCT Agency. The letters relate to procedures for leasing land, terms of leases, royalty rates and payments, assignments of leases, and cancellations. The letters pertaining to oil and gas, agricultural, and grazing leases.
A-15-4-5

444. NARRATIVE AND STATISTICAL REPORTS.

1909-1925. 4 in.
Arranged in yearly segments and thereunder by type of report.
Carbon copies of monthly, quarterly, and annual narrative and statistical reports submitted by the Lease Division. The reports provide information about significant leases, changes in procedures and regulations, the number of leases filed and forwarded, the number of assignments, and the number of easements granted. (53966)
A-15-4-5

445. REPORT OF SALES, LEASES, AND ASSIGNMENTS.

1944-1947. 8 in.
Arranged chronologically.
Carbon copies of a report submitted on printed forms (5-110b) of sales, leases, or assignments of leases of tribal or allotted land that give the date of the transaction, the contracting parties, contract number, date forwarded for approval, amount of fees, and receipt numbers for payments. (70269)
A-15-4-5

446. REFERENCE FILES OF THE CHIEF OF THE LEASE DIVISION.

1911-1917. 2 ft.
Arranged by subject. Includes some records from 1905-1910 and 1918-1921.
Correspondence, reports, regulations and interpretations issued by the Secretary of Interior, opinions on leasing by the Attorney General, copies of leases and related documents, and lists of stockholders in companies leasing land. The records relate primarily to oil and gas leasing but include some information on the examination of the books and records of companies done under the regulations of April 20, 1908; a disputed agricultural lease to J. S. Mullens (see also entry 338); and the disbarment of James Gresham and J. Reed Moore (see also entry 615 and 616). There is some correspondence between the Superintendent and the Alien Property Custodian relating to Dutch oil companies leasing Indian land and a list of leases submitted for cancellation by Inspector Wright under the act of March 3, 1905. (53970 and 69913)
A-15-4-5

447. CLOSED LEASE CASE FILES.

1917-1950. 5 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by the lessor's name.
Correspondence, copies of leases, receipts for payments, and various forms relating to the administration of leases to allotted land. The correspondence is generally between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Indian lessors or their guardians, lessees, and the general public. There are some carbon copies of correspondence between the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of Interior relating to the approval or rejection of lease applications. Most of the file folders are marked "Collections" or "Dead File" and include material relating to the collection and disbursement of income from leases. (46260-264)
A-15-4-2


RECORDS RELATING TO RIGHT OF WAY

448. RIGHT OF WAY CASE FILES.

1904-1956. 42 ft. 5400 maps.
Arranged by type of line and thereunder numerically by case number (PL1-1110, TL834-985, and LL21-418) assigned chronologically by date of approval.
Correspondence, maps, schedules of damages, receipts for payments, right of way agreements, copies of title instruments, title abstracts, copies of documents filed in county courts in probate and guardianship proceedings, land appraisal reports, and some heirship reports. The correspondence is generally between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the Dawes Commission, the U.S. Oil Inspector, field employees, Probate Attorneys, officials of companies seeking right of way approval, and individual Indians. The correspondence relates primarily to the approval or renewal of applications made under an act of March 11, 1904 as amended and the subsequent payment of rentals and damages. The maps submitted with the applications are annotated to show the location of the proposed right of way and, in some cases, the subsequent sale of the land by the original allottee or heirs. The bulk of the right of way applications are for oil and gas pipelines but there are some applications for water lines, lateral lines, transmission lines, discharge lines, pumping stations, storage tanks, and telephone or telegraph lines that cross restricted land. (69368-375, 53986- 54023, 69377, 70012-14, 7KR-75-84-0004)
A-28-96-1 and A-35-0001

449. MERGED WITH ENTRY 448.

450. CASE FILES ON HIGHWAYS.

1925-1930. 6 in. 100 maps.
Arranged numerically by project number (FAP 50-187) assigned chronologically by date of approval. There are numerous gaps.
Correspondence, applications for highway easements, appraisal reports by field clerks, right of way deeds, and maps. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, officials of the Oklahoma State Highway Commission, county commissioners, field employees, and individual Indians. The records pertain to applications for easements for public roads under acts of Congress of March 3, 1901 (31 Stat. 1058) and May 27, 1908 (35 Stat. 312) and the work appears to have been funded as "Federal Aid Projects."
A-16-84-5

451. PLAT MAPS OF ROADS.

n.d. 3 vols. 4 in.
Arranged roughly by Township and thereunder by Range.
Maps drawn with pencil and colored ink showing the location of roads. There is also some correspondence between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and individual Indians relating to the establishment or closing of roads in 1902. (416352)
A-16-84-5

452. RECORDS RELATING TO THE LITTLE RIVER DRAINAGE PROJECT.

1928-1933. 1 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Correspondence, copies of tax assessments on restricted land, right of way deeds, schedules of damages, and maps. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, members of Congress, Probate Attorneys, and individual Indians and pertains to a state project constructed on restricted Indian land in Seminole County. (416352)
A-16-84-4

453. SCHEDULE AND VOUCHER FOR PAYMENTS OF DAMAGES.

1909-1918. 92 vols. 3 ft.
Arranged by type of payment and thereunder by fiscal year.
A record prepared quarterly on printed forms (5-312) of payments made to individual Indians for pipeline damages, telephone line damages, and land condemnations. The bulk of the land condemnations were for railroad lines and stations. The information given for each payment includes the pipeline or telephone line number, allottee's name, name of company that owned the line, the balance at the beginning of the quarter, and amounts received and disbursed during the quarter. (2-3-32, 6-6-1, and L2845)
A-16-84-4

454. MAPS OF RAILROAD RIGHTS OF WAY.

1902-1930. 3 ft. 1400 maps.
Arranged numerically by an unidentified number. There is an index to company names for maps 1-175.?
Original and negative photostatic copies of maps of railroad rights of way submitted by companies in accordance with various acts of Congress and regulations of the Department of Interior. Each map indicates the route of the right of way and the location of related structures such as stations. Some of the maps have been annotated with information about the sale of tracts of land by the original Indian allottee or heirs. See Railroads in Oklahoma by Donovan L. Hofsommer (Oklahoma Historical Society, 1977) for general information about railroads. (83-2-27 and 28, 46705, 90172-181).
A-16-84-6, B-35-10-1, A-35-9-324, and A-35-2-10

454A. MAPS OF RAILROAD RIGHTS OF WAY AND STATION GROUNDS.

1903-1907. 1 ft. 200 maps.
Arranged alphabetically by name of railroad.
Photostatic "blue print" copies of maps of railroad rights of way and station grounds that were submitted to the agency under the terms of an act of February 28, 1902. Some maps include correspondence relating to the submission of the maps. The originals of the maps are probably in the BIA Central Map Files (see entry 121 and 299 of Special List 13). (7NC-75-89-0015)
B-35-10-1 and A-1684-6


RECORDS RELATING TO NON-MINERAL LEASES

455. INDEX TO AGRICULTURAL LEASES.

n.d. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of lessor.
An index to agricultural leases that provides the names of the lessor and lessee, lease number, and a page number reference to an unidentified volume. There is a notation that the leases are in "room 29". (L3014)
A-15-4-6

455A. INDEX TO AGRICULTURAL LEASES.

n.d. 1 vol. 4 in
Arranged alphabetically by surname of lessee.
An index to agricultural leases which gives the name of the lessee and lessor, lease number, area, tribe, and some remarks about actions taken. (no #)
A-15-14-3

455B. DOCKETS OF AGRICULTURAL LEASES.

1906-1939. 15 vols 2 ft.
Arranged numerically by lease number (1-8647).
A record of actions taken on agricultural leases. The information given generally includes the name of the lessee and lessor, type of lease, legal description of the land leased, and the dates of various actions such as approvals, assignments, and payments. (no #)
A-15-14-3

456. REGISTER OF LEASES ("SQUATTERS").

1907-1910. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of lease.
A record of persons leasing land for agricultural or grazing purposes that gives the lessee's name, address, number of acres leased, and amount of rental paid. (L3747 and L3729)
A-15-4-6

457. DOCKET OF AGRICULTURAL LEASES FILED FOR APPROVAL.

1907-1908. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged numerically by lease number (1-55).
A record of agricultural leases forwarded to the Secretary of Interior for approval that gives the name and address of the lessor and lessee, legal description of the land leased, terms of the lease, date forwarded, and action taken. (69912)
A-15-4-6

458. RECORD OF CHEROKEE AGRICULTURAL LEASES.

1911-1913. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of lease.
A record of leases to land allotted to Cherokees that provides the allottee's name and enrollment number, the lessee's name and address, the terms of the lease, legal description of the land, and dates of various actions taken on the lease application. The volume was maintained by the District Agent in Nowata. (416350)
A-15-4-6

459. RECORD OF CREEK AND CHEROKEE LEASE PAYMENTS.

1905-1907. 10 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by fiscal year and thereunder quarterly.
A record prepared quarterly on printed forms of money received and disbursed in connection with Creek and Cherokee leases. The information given for each transaction includes the sub-voucher number, names of lessors or allottees, names of lessees, amount disbursed, check number and date issued, and date funds were credited to the individual Indian lessor. It appears that the bulk of the leases were agricultural.
A-16-86-7

460. INDIVIDUAL INDIAN LEASE FILES.

1937-1951. 10 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of the original allottee of the leased land.
Correspondence, copies of agricultural and grazing leases, reports of field employees on lease applications and applications for removal of restrictions, applications for payment of proceeds of leases and sales, and receipts for payments. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and District Agents, lessors, lessees, and the general public. There is some correspondence with members of Congress relating to the finances and welfare of specific Indians. Many of the leases and sales relate to inherited land and there are numerous requests from Indians for authority to spend the proceeds to purchase food, clothing, furniture, and other goods and services. These files appear to have been maintained by the District Agent at Muskogee, Henry Nicholson, and the District Agent at Stilwell, John H. Walker. (70233-240)
A-15-6-l

461. APPLICATIONS TO GRAZE CATTLE.

1909-1910. 2 in.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder by application number assigned chronologically by date of application.
Original application to graze cattle on allotted or tribal land submitted to the Union Agency under section 11 of an act of Congress of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137). The application includes the applicant's name, number of acres used, amount paid, and a plat map annotated to show the location of the land being used. There are also a few lists of permits to introduce cattle in the Creek Nation in 1903.
A-15-4-6

462. REGISTERS OF CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW GRAZING PERMITS.

1902-1910. 6 vols. 6 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of permit.
A record of permits issued to graze cattle on Choctaw and Chickasaw land that generally gives the applicant's name and address, number of cattle being grazed, brand used to identify the cattle, and amount of tax or fee paid. (L3658=Chickasaw, L3659=Choctaw)
A-15-4-7

463. REGISTER OF RECEIPTS FOR CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW CATTLE TAX.

1906. 4 vols. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of receipt.
A record prepared on printed forms of money received by the Union Agency from persons grazing cattle on Choctaw-Chickasaw land that gives the name of the person paying the tax, the number of cattle being grazed, and the date and amount of payment. (6-5-6)
A-15-4-6

464. RECEIPTS FOR CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW CATTLE TAX.

1904-1906. 22 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged chronologically by date of receipt. Each volume contains an index to addressees.
Press copies of a printed form letter acknowledging receipt of payment of Choctaw and Chickasaw cattle taxes. The information given in the letter includes the name of the person paying the tax, the amount paid, the number of cattle being grazed, location of the land being used, and the brand used to identify the cattle.
A-l5-4-6

465. PLAT MAPS OF CHICKASAW AND CREEK GRAZING PASTURES.

1904-1907. 4 vols. 4 in.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder by Township and Range. There is one volume for Chickasaw pastures and three volumes for Creek.
Printed plat maps annotated with the location of tracts of land being used for pastures for grazing cattle under permit. Information recorded on the facing page includes name of lessee, date of permit, number of cattle being grazed, and total amount paid.
A-15-4-7

466. PLAT MAPS OF LAND LEASED OR SOLD.

1903. 3 vols. 6 in.
There are two volumes of maps for the Creek Nation and one volume for the Cherokee Nation. The maps within each volume are arranged by Township and Range.
Printed plat maps of townships annotated in various colors to show the tracts of land leased for agricultural and grazing purposes or offered for sale. The information recorded on the facing page generally includes the name and address of the lessor and lessee (or grantor and grantee for sales), legal description of the land, appraised value, and date of lease or bid. Some of the tracts are annotated with "no bids" or "bids rejected." (L1688, L3031, L3030)
A-15-4-7

467. CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO TIMBER AND STONE CONTRACTS.

1901-1903. 4 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Original letters received and copies of letters sent by the Superintendent of the Union Agency to tribal officials and the general public relating to contracts for the removal of timber or stone from tribal land. The bulk of the letters relate to Choctaw land. There are a few copies of contracts, plat maps, and lists of persons removing timber. (70245)
A-15-4-6

468. REGISTER OF TIMBER REMOVED.

1900-1909. 2 vols. 3 in.
Arranged by company. Each volume contains an index to companies.
A record of payments received from various companies for timber removed from Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw land. The information given for each company includes dates and amounts of payment, number of pieces removed, legal description of the land involved, and the dates of removal. The bulk of the timber was used for railroad ties. (L3157 and L3083).
A-15-4-7


RECORDS RELATING TO LEASES ON SEGREGATED COAL AND ASPHALT LAND

See When Coal Was King: Coal Mining Industry in Eastern Oklahoma by 1.9. Gunning (Poteau, 1975). In the Chronicles of Oklahoma see: "Triumph of Will: The Coal Strike of 1899-1903" (Spring, 1983) and "Cattle, C9al, and Indian Land" (Spring, 1984). See cases on mining in segregated land that are part of RG 57 at A-29-022-2. See also "Amongst the Damp: The Dangerous Profession of Coal Mining in Oklahoma, 1870-1935," by Steve Sewell (Chronicles of Oklahoma, Spring, 1992).

469. CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO LEASES.

1913-1918. 4 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Original letters received and copies of letters sent by the Superintendent of the agency to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the Dawes Commission, field employees, Mining Trustees of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, the Bureau of Mines field representative, and the general public. The correspondence relates to approval of lease applications, terms of leases, payments, assignments, and mining operations. There are some lists of leases and applicants for leases and a few plat maps of leased tracts. These records may have been maintained in the office of the Field Clerk in McAlester, John E. Tidwell. (69397)
A-15-006-2

470. APPLICATIONS FOR PERMISSION TO USE SEGREGATED LAND.

1913-1925. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically by application number assigned chronologically by date of receipt. There are numerous gaps.
Carbon copies of applications submitted on printed forms (1062) to occupy or use segregated land in the Choctaw-Chickasaw Nations. The information given in the form includes the applicant's name, number of acres to be used, location of the land, a description of any improvements on the land, and the amount to be paid in fees. The application includes a plat map annotated with the location of the tract to be used and a report by a field employee of the agency on the value of the land and improvements. The bulk of the applications relate to farming and grazing. Similar forms are among the records described in entry 471.
A-15-6-3

471. LEASE CASE FILES.

1932-1951. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of the lessee.
Correspondence, applications for permission to use land, notices to lessee, appraisal reports of field employees, receipts for payments, and plat maps. The bulk of the applications relate to farming and grazing. These records may have been maintained by the Field Clerk at McAlester. (86128-9, 86178).
A-15-6-3

472. REGISTERS OF MINING APPLICATIONS.

1900-1908. 23 vols. 5 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder numerically by application number assigned chronologically by date of receipt.
A record of actions taken on applications for mining in the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek Nations. The information given for each application includes application number, applicant's name, kind of material to be mined (generally coal or asphalt), and dates of various actions taken by the applicant or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. There are a few entries made as late as 1916. On a facing page is a plat map annotated with the location of the tract to be used and a legal description of the land. (L1696, B660, B668, B1666, B662, B671, B679, L1694, B680, B667, L1695, L1692, L1691, L1690)
A-15-006-3

473. COAL AND ASPHALT LEASES.

1899-1901. 3 vols. 2 in.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder by lease number. Each volume includes an index to lessees.
Bound copies of printed form leases to mine coal or asphalt on Choctaw or Chickasaw land. It appears that these copies were used for reference purposes by the agency staff. (70213)
A-15-6-6

474. CORRESPONDENCE WITH CHOCTAW MINING TRUSTEE HAMPTON TUCKER.

1926-1935. 3. in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Original letters received and copies of letters sent by the Superintendent of the agency to Tucker that relates to the status of leases, production statistics, payment of royalties, and the sale of the surface of the land being mined. See also entry 493. (70311).
A-15-6-6

475. COAL COMPANY CHARTERS.

1896-1899. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Original charters and articles of incorporation of companies mining coal on lands belonging to the Five Civilized Tribes. These documents were probably submitted in accordance with various regulations issued by the Secretary of Interior governing mining leases and were maintained by the agency of the U.S. Indian Inspector for reference. These records do not include the charters of all companies operating on Indian land. (70245)
A-15-6-6

476. CASE FILES ON COAL COMPANIES AND MINING OPERATIONS.

1904-1938. 8 ft.
Arranged numerically by a file number assigned in roughly alphabetical order by the name of the company or the subject of the file. There is a typed numerical list of file numbers.
Correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, mining agreements and leases, royalty statements, and maps of tracts leased by coal companies. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, officials of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Mines, field employees, tribal officials, officers of mining companies, and the general public. The majority of the folders relate to specific companies but there are some folders on subjects such as regulations or decisions of the Attorney General. (46298-9, 70280-1).
A-15-6-6

477. CASE FILES ON LAND RESERVATIONS.

1912-1918. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Correspondence, applications, and plat maps. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Commissioner to the FCT, J. George Wright, or the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the Surveyor in Chief in McAlester (John G. Joyce), the engineer for the Bureau of Mines in McAlester (J. J. Rutledge), and officials of mining companies. The correspondence relates to applications under an act of Congress of February 12, 1912 (13 Stat. 67) to reserve the surface of certain tracts of segregated coal and asphalt land from sale. Some of the correspondence relates to subsequent waivers of rights by coal companies to the surface and to sales conducted by the agency. The plat maps are annotated to show the tracts to be reserved and are usually accompanied by resolutions of the company's board of directors accepting the plats as accurate. (416400-402)
A-15-6-7

478. CASE FILES ON LEASING ADDITIONAL LAND.

1914-1918. 1 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Correspondence, applications for leases, reports of tribal Mining Trustees and engineers of the Bureau of Mines, copies of leases, bonds, assignments, and plat maps. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, field employees, tribal Mining Trustees, and officials of mining companies and relates to applications to lease tracts of segregated land under an act of Congress of March 4, 1913 (37 Stat. 1007) that permitted a company with an approved lease to lease additional land contiguous to the original lease. Some of the correspondence is date as late as 1925 and relates to requests for permission to surrender leases. (455179-180)
A-15-6-7

479. CASE FILES ON THE PURCHASE OF THE SURFACE OF SEGREGATED LAND.

1918-1933. 1 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Correspondence, applications to purchase, plat maps, and schedules of tracts sold. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, field employees, and officials of coal companies and relates to applications to purchase the surface of the segregated coal and asphalt land under an act of Congress of February 8, 1918 (40 Stat. 433). Some of the correspondence relates to payments for tracts purchased and royalty payments. (416398)
A-15-6-7

480. CASE FILES ON ASSIGNMENTS OF COAL LEASES.

1921-1924. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Correspondence, leases, oaths of company officials, assignment forms, and plat maps. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, tribal Mining Trustees, and company officials and relates to the assignment of existing leases to segregated land. The records pertain only to the Blue Ridge, Carbon, and Colgate companies. (69870)
A-15-6-6

481. RECORD OF ROYALTY REMITTANCES.

1899-1907. 2 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by company. Each volume contains an index.
A record of remittances received by the Union Agency as royalty payments for minerals mined under approved leases. The information given for each company includes lease number, date of lease.and date of approval, material mined (coal or asphalt), dates and amounts of payments, and the amount of production subject to royalty. There are also some entries for payment of advanced royalties. (bundle #17 and 100561-2).
A-15-8-1

482. RECORD OF ROYALTIES.

1899-1901. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by company. The volume contains an index.
A record of royalty payments received by the Union Agency from companies mining coal that gives the lease number, date of lease and date of approval, a file number, amount of production subject to royalty, dates mined, and date and amount of payment. Some of the entries in this volume can also be found in the records described in entry 481. (69864)
A-15-8-1

483. RECORD OF ROYALTIES COLLECTED.

1898-1928. 2 vols. 8 in.
Arranged by company. Each volume contains an index. It appears that these volumes are number 1 and 3 of a set but volume 2 has not been located.
A record of royalties charged for mining coal, asphalt, gravel, and stone. The information given for each company includes lease number and date, material mined, amount of production subject to royalty, royalty rate, amount due, and date payment received. Although many 9f the payments recorded in these volumes are also recorded in the records described in entry 481, the entries are not identical. One volume contains a notation that these are "unapproved leases." (L3291 and L3211)
A-15-8-1

484. REMITTANCE REGISTER.

1907-1910. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of receipt.
A record of payments received by the Union Agency for royalty on coal, gravel, or asphalt mining; pipeline rental or damages; and timber cut for posts. The information given for each payment includes date and amount, payee, dates mined, amount of production subject to royalty, and royalty rate. (L3752)
A-15-8-1

485. VOUCHERS FOR OVER-PAYMENTS OF ADVANCED ROYALTIES.

1906-1918. 50 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged by fiscal year and thereunder by quarter.
Carbon copies of printed forms ("Schedule and Voucher for Individual Indian Money-Lease Royalties") that gives the lease number, name of lessor and lessee, balance at the beginning of the quarter, amounts received and disbursed during the quarter, and ending balance.
A-15-8-2

486. SCHEDULE OF RENTALS COLLECTED.

1910-1914. 5 vols. 1 in.
Arranged by fiscal year and thereunder by quarter.
Carbon copies of printed forms ("Schedule of Rentals Collected From Segregated and Unallotted Land") that gives the date and amount of payment, type of land use (i.e. farm, meadow, grazing, home, etc.), number of acres leased, and rental rate per acre.
A-15-8-2

487. LEASE MAPS.

1910-1920. 16 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by year and thereunder by Range and Township.
Printed plat maps of townships annotated to show the location of tracts of segregated land under lease. On the facing page of each map is a list of leases that includes the name of the lessee, lease number, number of acres leased, and amount of rental paid. (L3333, 82-9-9 and 10, L1687, and L3070 to 73)
A-15-8-3


RECORDS RELATING TO OIL AND GAS LEASES

488. LIST OF OIL COMPANIES.

n.d. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
A carbon copy of a typed list of oil companies leasing land that only gives the name of the company, name of lessor, and name of person receiving royalty payments. (69869)
A-15-8-2

489. INDEX TO LESSEES AND LESSORS.

n.d. 4 ft.
Arranged in two segments (closed and open accounts) and thereunder alphabetically with gaps.
An index prepared on 3 x 5 inch cards of persons leasing land to oil and gas companies and to companies leasing land from restricted Indians. The information given for each lessor includes the name of the company leasing the land, lease number, and royalty number. The information given for each lessee includes the name of the lessor, lease number, and royalty number. (90196 and 455178)
A-16-84-5

489A. INDEX TO LEASES.

1919-1947 12 vols 3 ft.
Arranged in two segments (1919-1941 and 1941-1947) and thereunder alphabetically by lessee~s surname.
An index to oil and gas and other mineral leases which gives the name of the lessee and lessor, lease number, area, tribe, and remarks about cancellations, approvals, expirations, etc. (L3057)
A-15-16-6

489B. DOCKETS OF MINERAL LEASES.

1905-1947. 91 vols 29 ft.
Arranged numerically by lease number (5238-62005).
A record of actions taken on oil and gas and other mineral leases. The information given varies but generally includes name of lessee and lessor, type of lease, legal description of the land leased, and the dates of various actions such as approvals, assignments, and payments.
A-15-16-7

490. REGISTER OF LEASES.

1908-1920. 2 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder numerically by lease number. Most volumes contain an index.
Various registers of leases to allotted land that appear to have been maintained by the Lease Division or District Agents. The only information given is the name of the lessor and lessee and the lease number. The bulk of the leases are for oil and gas but there are a few farming and grazing leases. (69913-4, 69862, 45796, L3715, 69895)
A-15-8-4

491. RECORD OF LEASES.

1917-1947. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically by Township and Range.
A record prepared on 5 x 8 inch cards of "Departmental Leases With Bonus Consideration" that gives the lease number, name of lessor and lessee, date of lease, number of acres leased, and amount of bonus.
A-16-84-5

492. REGISTER OF CHEROKEE AND CREEK LEASES.

1904-1910. 3 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of lessee.
A record prepared on a printed form ("Financial Statement") of leases by individuals and companies of Cherokee and Creek land. The information given for each lessee includes the dates of the leases, date of the agent's report and its file number, name of lessor, number of acres, action taken by the U.S. Oil Inspector, date sent to the Department of Interior for approval, date bond submitted, and date of approval (if approved). There are notations about the subsequent cancellation of leases. (L2929, L2930, and L6037).
A-15-14-7

493. RECORDS OF THE U.S. OIL INSPECTOR.

1925-1952. 4 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Carbon copies of annual narrative reports, statistical reports on drilling operations and production, and correspondence with the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and assistant inspectors. The correspondence relates to leasing, drilling, construction of plants and pipelines, the price of oil and gas, and royalties. There are some copies of narrative reports of the tribal Mining Trustee for the Choctaw Nation (see also entry 474). The bulk of the files were maintained by O. U. Bradley, U.S. Oil Inspector at Muskogee. (69334)
A-15-B-4

494. CASE FILES ON ALLOTTEES LEASING LAND.

1907-1952. 24 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by the allottee's surname.
Correspondence, reports of oil inspectors, drilling reports, plat maps annotated with the location of wells, and various records relating to the payment of rentals and royalties by oil, gas, coal, and asphalt companies leasing land from restricted Indians. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Superintendent of the agency and the U.S. Oil Inspector, assistant inspectors, the District Mining Engineer of the U.S. Geological Survey, officials of the Bureau of Mines, officials of companies, and individual Indians or their attorneys and relates to drilling rights, oil field operations, production, sales of land or oil and gas, payment of royalties, and terms of leases. There are some records on leases on land of the Mekusukey Mission. (69306-333 and 46260-46264).
A-15-8-4

495. RECORDS RELATING TO CASINGHEAD GAS.

1917-1924. 8 in.
Arranged alphabetically by company name.
Correspondence, royalty statements, monthly remittance statements, contracts and agreements, and reports of production. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Oil Inspector, The Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and officials of companies producing gasoline from casinghead gas from wells on allotted Indian land. These records may have been maintained by the Royalty Division and relate to production, storage, and sale.
A-15-8-4

496. OIL AND GAS LEASE CASE FILES.

1910-1960 104 ft.
Arranged numerically (103-68003) by lease number assigned chronologically by date of approval of the lease. There are numerous gaps.
Correspondence, copies of leases, assignments, transfer orders, division orders, royalty statements, receipts for payments, requests for authority to spend funds, and various forms relating to the collection and disbursement of proceeds from oil and gas leases. The correspondence is generally between the Superintendent of the agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Oil Inspector, officials of the U.S. Geological Survey, officials of oil and gas companies, and individual Indian lessors or their representatives and relates to the approval and administration of leases, payment of royalties and other fees, restrictions on leased land, and the disbursement of the proceeds from leases to Indian lessors or their heirs. (133323-381 and 67A685)
A-15-10-2 and A-23-18-l

497. REGISTERS OF LEASES, ASSIGNMENTS, AND STIPULATIONS.

1923-1928. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged by type of document (lease, assignment, or stipulation) and thereunder chronologically by date filed.
A record of leases, assignments of interest, and stipulations processed by the FCT Agency that provides only the name of the lessor and lessee and a file number.
A-23-20-5

498. RECORD OF FILING FEES FOR LEASES, ASSIGNMENTS, AND STIPULATIONS.

1913-1915. 2 vols. 1 in.
Arranged by type of document and thereunder chronologically by date payment was received.
A record of fees paid for filing leases, assignments of interest, or stipulations that provides the date filed, lease or assignment number, name of lessor and lessee or assignee, and the amount paid (generally $5).
A-23-20-5

499. ASSIGNMENT CASE FILES.

1937-1950. 24 ft.
Arranged numerically by case number (14,799-19,091) assigned chronologically by date of assignment. There are numerous gaps.
Correspondence, copies of leases, applications for assignments, notarized statements of authority to execute papers, and notices to the U.S. Geological Survey of assignments made. The correspondence is between the Superintendent of the FCT Agency and the Secretary of Interior, lessors, applicants for assignments, and the general public and relates to the assignment of approved leases to restricted land from the original lessee to other parties. The bulk of the records relate to the assignment of oil and gas leases. (99028, 46676-679, and 54024-042).
A-23-20-5

500. INDEX TO ROYALTY ACCOUNTS.

ca. 1907. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically by the first letter and first vowel of the lessee's surname.
An index to the Creek, Cherokee, and Choctaw-Chickasaw royalty payment registers described in entry 501. (100558 and no#)
A-15-14-2

501. REGISTERS OF PAYMENTS.

1902-1908. 28 vols. 8 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder in rough numerical order by lease number. Several volumes include an index to lessors and lessees and some volumes appear to be missing.
A record prepared on printed forms of payments made for leases on allotted land. The information given for each lease includes the name and address of the lessor and lessee, lease number, royalty number, date of lease, date of approval, date of bond, date lease expires, legal description of the leased land, date and amounts of payments, and production in barrels. The bulk of the leases are for oil and gas and payments are for basic rental, royalties, and pipeline damages. It appears that this group of ledgers was closed on April 1, 1908, and the ledgers described in entry 502 were started. The records have been microfilmed as 7RA30.(L3288-89, L2751-54, L3290, and L2744).
A-15-14-2 and A-15-22-6

502. REGISTERS OF PAYMENTS.

1908-1918. 40 vols. 20 ft.
Arranged in two segments (probably producing and non-producing leases) and thereunder in roughly alphabetical order by lessor. Some volumes appear to be missing.
A record prepared on printed forms (number 597) of payments made for leases on allotted land. The information given for each lease includes lease number and type, royalty account number, name and address of lessor and lessee, date of lease, date of approval, date of bond, date lease expires, number of acres leased, legal description of the land, dates and amounts of payments, and production in barrels for oil leases. There are often remarks about cancellations, change of supervision, relinquishment, issuance of division orders, and sale of land. For leases that were active prior to 1908, there are references to the volumes described in entry 501. (L293a-34, L2749, L2931, L5985-86, L5989, L5996, L6009, L6027, and L6030).
A-15-14-7

503. REGISTERS OF TRANSFERS OF ROYALTY RECEIPTS.

1906-1917. 39 vols. 9 ft.
Arranged by fiscal year and thereunder by quarter.
A record prepared quarterly on printed forms ("Transfer of Gross Receipts to Individual Indian Moneys-Royalties") that gives the date of each transaction, royalty account number, name of lessor and lessee, gross number of barrels produced, amount subject to royalty, value of oil produced, and amount paid or transferred. Prior to 1911, the volumes are identified as "Sub-Cash Book I." (DB925, L2119-34, L2059, and L2061)
A-15-20-1

504. SCHEDULE AND VOUCHER FOR ROYALTIES.

1908-1918. 33 vols. 5 ft.
Arranged by fiscal year, thereunder by quarter, thereunder by tribe, and thereunder by lease number.
Triplicate copies of "Schedule and Voucher for Individual Indian Money-Royalties" (form 5-321) that gives the dates and amounts of each transaction, lease number, name of lessor and lessee, and the beginning and ending balances for the quarter. (L2810-32, L2522, L5975)
A-15-18-4

505. SCHEDULE OF GROSS RECEIPTS.

1911-1917. 7 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged by fiscal year and thereunder by quarter. There are separate volumes for "Lease Royalties (A)" and "Advanced Royalties and Bonus (B)."
Bound carbon copies of "Schedule and Disposition of Lease Royalties" (form 846) and "Schedule and Disposition of Advanced Royalties and Bonus Deposits" (form 434) that give the dates and amounts of each transaction, names of remitters and lessors, and the beginning and ending balances for the quarter. (A=L2296, L2298, L2300, L2302 and B=L2299 and L2301).
A-15-18-7

506. RECORD OF ROYALTY PAYMENTS MADE TO INDIVIDUALS.

1904-1932. 30 ft.
Arranged numerically by royalty account number (3 to 80,034). with numerous gaps.
A record prepared on 5 x 8 inch cards of payments pertaining to leases that gives the allottee's name and enrollment number, degree of Indian blood, name of lessee, date of lease and lease number, number of acres leased, type of lease, and the dates and amounts of each transaction with resulting balance. The bulk of the cards relate to oil and gas leases but there are some cards relating to pipeline rights of way. (455125-155).
A-15-20-7


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