George Chalmers papers relating to Indian affairs, 1750-1775


Date: 1750-1775 | Size: 1 microfilm_reel(s)


Fenton compiled this reel from several collections for his research on American Indians. From the George Chalmers Collection (1750-1775) are correspondence, intelligence reports, and records of treaties concerning the Indians of the Ohio Valley. The writers include Thomas Cresap, Thomas Hutchins, and Sir William Johnson. There are also papers from the Philip John Schuyler papers (1710-1797) and one item from the Withrop, Wait, and Leverett Memorial (1709).

Background note

William Nelson Fenton is an anthropologist and ethnologist specializing in Iroquoian studies.

Scope and content

Includes: 1. Walt Winthrop and John Leverett, memorial on behalf of Massachusetts to John Lord Lovelace, Governor of New York, 3 pages. (Copy, April 19, 1709), concerning French influence on Indians; need to permit Five Nations to act offensively.

2. Chalmers collection of documents, approximately 300 frames, 1750-1775: extracts from treaties, proceedings of councils with various tribes, intelligence at Fort Pitt, letters of Sir William Johnson, George Croghan, and others.

3. Schuyler Indian papers, 1710-1797: papers generally relating to General Philip Schuyler and his negotiations with Indians, 1775-1797, approximately 600 frames.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 microfilm reel. Reproduced at the New York Public Library, 1950.


Gift from William N. Fenton, 1953.

Location of originals:

Originals in New York Public Library.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Microfilm Collection

Personal Name(s)

  • Chalmers, George
  • Chalmers, George
  • Cresap, Thomas
  • Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005
  • Hutchins, Thomas, 1730-1789
  • Johnson, William, 1715-1774
  • Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804


  • Indians of North America -- Government relations
  • Indians of North America -- Ohio River Valley -- Treaties