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The Indian Papers of Texas and the Southwest, 1825-1916

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Dorman H. Winfrey and James M. Day (Editor)
New introduction by Michael L. Tate

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"[The Indian Papers of Texas] are so valuable to the researcher, save him so much time, and are generally so well edited that [I] almost wept with joy when I first heard that they were to be republished."
—W. W. Newcomb, author of The Indians of Texas

". . . a documentary account of a facet of Texas history which will forever have significance. . . . Only those who have waded through the official manuscripts can truly appreciate the excellent manner of editing. . . . The assistance to scholarship is incalculable."
—Kenneth F. Neighbors

This extensive, five-volume collection, drawn from the original copies in the Texas State Archives, provides invaluable source materials on Texas's Indians. The set contains official letters, documents, reports, and treaties relating to Texas's Indian tribes: vol. I, 1825-1843; vol. II, 1844-1845; vol. III, 1846-1859; vol. IV, 1860-1916; and vol. V, 1846-1859. The fifth volume, a supplement, consists of letters from the Executive Department. In all, there are more than 1,600 documents in 2,000-plus pages, including letters by Sam Houston, Randolph B. Marcy, Kit Carson, Jack Hays, Henry B. Schoolcraft, Rip Ford, and others. Each volume is indexed separately and thoroughly. The documents are rich in first-hand reports of encounters, both friendly and hostile, with Indians. They present important insights into the Indians as seen through the eyes of Texans, and therefore they reveal much about the cultural attitudes of the time and place. First published as The Texas Indian Papers by the Texas State Library in four volumes between 1959 and 1961, and reprinted by Pemberton Press in 1966 with a fifth supplemental volume, this rare set has long been out of print and unavailable to scholars and collectors. This new facsimile edition of the five-volume set, with a valuable new scholarly introduction, makes this indispensable collection available once again.