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Maris B. Pierce papers -- 1787 - 1884

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Pierce, M. B. (Maris Bryant), 1811-1874

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Collection Details

Reprocessed/retroconverted; 1993/07/29; Peter Nelson

Mary Jane Carroll; gift; 1884/10/04; unknown

Maris B. Pierce was an educated Seneca Indian who lived most of his life on the Buffalo Creek and Cattaraugus Reservations. An 1840 graduate of Dartmouth College, he was one of the first Indians to be receive a college education. He returned from college to the Buffalo Creek Reservation, where he was appointed an official interpreter and also taught in the Indian schools. Pierce served as recording secretary for Seneca delegations to Albany and Washington, D.C., where he was a highly successful and respected advocate for Seneca rights and Indian welfare.

Correspondence with government officials, census officials, Indians, Quakers, friends and relatives, 1834-1874; sermons, speeches and other writings; copies of New York State and federal laws and bills concerning Indians, 1850-1874; and papers concerning the Seneca Nation, including Council minutes, 1833-1865, treaties and agreements, 1787-1844, financial reports, letters, and mss. written by whites about the Senecas, 1807-1874. Subjects include Indian emigration, timber sales, schools, self-government and relations with the Ebenezers, Quakers and the Ogden Land Company.

Collection is arranged into two rises:

I. Personal papers, 1834-1884
II. Seneca Indian papers, 1787-1874

Collection Access & Use

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Buffalo History Museum Research Library, Mss. B00-9, Maris B. Pierce Papers.

Collection Subjects & Formats

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Series : I. Personal papers

Inclusive Date: 1834 - 1884

Subseries : A. Pierce's life and papers

Inclusive Date: 1884

Subseries : B. Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1834 - 1874

Subseries : C. Sermons, speeches and other writings

Inclusive Date: 1838 - 1868

Subseries : D. Recommendations and authorizing papers

Inclusive Date: 1837 - 1868

Subseries : E. Autograph album

Inclusive Date: 1852

Series : II. Seneca Indian papers

Inclusive Date: 1787 - 1874

Subseries : A. Treaties and laws

Inclusive Date: 1787 - 1877

Subseries : B. Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1807 - 1874

Subseries : C. Council minutes, resolutions, etc.

Inclusive Date: 1833 - 1865

Subseries : D. Other papers concerning government of the Seneca Indians

Inclusive Date: 1814 - 1873

Subseries : E. Papers concerning emigration, religious activities, census and other matters

Inclusive Date: 1839 - 1871