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Accession 705

Inclusive Dates

1977-1983, nd


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

3,000 pieces, 1.50 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

The South Carolina General Assembly Catawba Indian Study Commission Records contain various papers dealing with the Catawba Indian Land Claim issue as well as papers dealing with the commission itself. The collection consists of Correspondence, minutes, memos, notes, expense records, press releases, newspaper articles, hearing records, litigation requests, census report (1900), statements, testimonies, resumés, proposed settlements, records of legislation and legal actions, and maps, relating to the Catawba Indian problem in South Carolina; together with hearing record (1 v., 1979). Persons represented include state legislators Robert L. McFadden and Coleman G. Poag. The commission was created by the South Carolina General Assembly to study the case to the Catawba Indian Nation’s Land Claim that eventually went to the Supreme Court in 1986. South Carolina v. Catawba Indian Tribe, Inc., 476 U.S. 498 was an important case regarding aboriginal title in the United States. A settlement was eventually reached where the Catawba Indian Nation’s aboriginal title was revoked in exchange for $50,000,000 in 1993. This collection would prove invaluable to anyone researching the Catawba Indian Nation, its history, and relation to local history.


The Papers of the Catawba Indian Study Commission were donated by former SC State Senator Colman Poag on September 1, 1987.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Catawba Indian Study Commission Papers - Accession 705