The Man in the Middle—Chief J. B. Richardville - Bibliography

A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible

Selected Sources

Anson, Bert. The Miami Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.
This valuable resource details the history of the Miami tribe from the 1600s to the 1960s.

Cochran, Donald R. Excavations at the Richardville/LaFontaine House. Muncie: Archaeological Resources Management Service, Ball State University, 1990.
This is an extensive report on the excavations at Richardville’s Forks of the Wabash home and surrounding area. It contains lists and descriptions of materials found.

Cooke, Sarah E., and Rachel B. Ramadhyani, catalog compilation; Christian F. Feest and R. David Edmunds, essays. Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society and Tippecanoe County Historical Association, 1993.
This book includes a catalog of George Winter’s drawings and paintings and essays which place his work in the history of Native American affairs in nineteenth-century Indiana, and in the context of other artists working in the same genre.

Hill, Herbert R. “Redskin Napoleon and Richest Indian Both Were Hoosiers.” Outdoor Indiana. Vol. 44, July-August 1979, pp. 28-38.
Undocumented, abbreviated, generalized account of the history of Indiana Indians is given with a focus on Little Turtle and Richardville.

The Indiana Junior Historian, September, October, November 1992.
These three issues are available in school and public libraries. They provide an excellent introduction to Native Americans in Indiana.

Kappler, Charles J., ed. Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties. Vol. 2. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903.
Volume 2 contains transcriptions of treaties between 1778 and 1883. This is an extremely valuable resource when studying Native American history.

Lewis, J. O. The Aboriginal Port Folio or a Collection of Portraits of the Most Celebrated Chiefs of the North American Indians. Philadelphia: J. O. Lewis, 1836.
This edition housed in the Indiana State Library, Indiana Division, includes 61 color lithographs of paintings done by Lewis at treaty negotiations held in the Midwest. Each portrait is labeled with name and rank.

McCord, Shirley S., compiler. Travel Accounts of Indiana, 1679-1961. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1970.
McCord provides samples from three centuries of travels in Indiana. Some contain accounts of encounters with the native populations.

National Archives. Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Record Group 234. “Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-81.” Microfilm Nos. 416, 417, 418.
These microfilms contain correspondence among key players in the government’s efforts to resolve problems related to various Indian tribes. We obtained these films through inter-library loan directly from the National Archives.

Perry, D. M. “The Richardville House.” Old Fort News. Vol. 53, No. 1, pp.1-7.
Informative article that provides a biography of Richardville and a detailed description and photographs of Richardville’s home near Ft. Wayne.

Prucha, Francis Paul. A Bibliographical Guide to the History of Indian-White Relations in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977.
Prucha provides a useful guide to the existing literature on relationships between Indian tribes and various whites.

Samuels, Peggy and Harry. The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West.
This thorough resource is a compilation of information on artists, who depicted subject matter of the American West before 1950. The 549- page book lists sources clearly so that original materials can be checked.

Williams, Edwin, compiler. The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States, Inaugural, Annual, and Special, from 1789 to 1846. New York: Edward Walker, 1847.
These volumes contain selected speeches of early United States presidents along with memoirs and administration histories.

Special Acknowledgments

Raymond O. White, Principal Chief of the Miami, Peru, Indiana.
Jean Gernand, teacher, Huntington, Indiana.
Donald R. Cochran, archaeologist, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

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