Tools for Researchers

Native American History Resources (alphabetical by title)

  1. American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
    University of Washington

    An extensive digital collection of photographs, documents and maps about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by anthropological, historical, and pedagogical essays about each tribe and topic. The digital collection includes over 2,3000 original photographs and 1,500 pages of government documents from the 19th to early 20th century.

  2. Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York
    National Museum of the American Indian

    Companion website to 2002 exhibit on Mohawk ironworkers. Eight slides of picture and text cover a period from 1886 to present, when Mohawks from Akwesasne and Kahnawake were involved in nearly every major high-rise construction in New York.

  3. D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
    The Newberry Library

    This website for the Center of American Indian Studies at the Newberry Library includes information on their collection, a calendar of programs and upcoming events, current exhibition websites, and links to affiliated research websites. While mostly an information repository for visitors to the physical archives, the website provides a useful overview to the Newberry’s wide collection on Indian history.

  4. The Doris Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History
    Western History Collections / The University of Oklahoma

    Provides access to transcripts of interviews with hundreds of Indians in Oklahoma between 1967 and 1972 on the histories and cultures of their nations and tribes. The interviews can be searched by tribe, interviewer, interviewee and keyword. Includes interviews with members of every Native tribe in Oklahoma.

  5. The Huntington Free Library, American Indian History & Culture
    Cornell University

    Digital hub for the Huntington Free Library’s massive gathering of original materials on the history of Native peoples in the Western hemisphere from colonial times to present. The centerpiece of the collection includes more than 40,000 volumes on archaeology, ethnology and history, many of which are available electronically through this website, including a modern Mohican Language Dictionary.

  6. Identity By Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses
    National Museum of the American Indian

    Companion website to a 2008-2009 exhibit on the cultural meaning of Native women’s dresses in the Plains, Pleateu, and Great Basin regions of the United States and Canada. Traces the significance, innovation, and change of women’s clothing from the early- 19th century to the present, with seven image-and-text slides.

  7. Index of Resources
    National Museum of the American Indian

    An online index of interactive websites for past museum exhibits with links and brief descriptions. Organized geographically (including South America), all sites are NMAI-hosted and most are high-quality flash-presentations with images and text. Includes a few dead links. Some of the websites I list here are from this index.

  8. Indians of the Midwest
    McNickle Center at the Newberry Library

    Highlighting recent scholarly research about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest, this interactive and comprehensive website includes detailed information on politics, economy, culture, and identity from the 12th century though the present. Sections examine colonial imagery and stereotypes of Indians, Native property rights, treaty history, and the ability to “ask an expert,” among numerous others.

  9. Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains
    Montana State University

    This website includes digital access to photographs, paintings, ledger drawings, documents, serigraphs, and stereographs from 1874 through the 1940s. Items can be browsed by a number of different criteria.

  10. Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
    National Museum of the American Indian

    Organized geographically, this interactive website provides high-quality images of the NMAI’s collection of Indian art, from pre-contact to present, with corresponding historical notes. Nearly all of the artifacts come from the early-20th century collection of banker- turned-collector George Gustav Heye, reinterpreted by the descedants of the people who made them, “providing American Indian perspectives on the Native past and present.”

  11. Native American Netroots

    While this blog is dedicated primarily to contemporary Native issues, many posts ground present concerns in detailed historical context. The site also includes a useful list of other blogs and forums for Native people on the web.

  12. North American Indian Photographs
    The Newberry Library

    A selection of 19th and early 20th photographs from the Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer Collection, the series includes both posed and candid images of Midwestern Indian tribes. Some images include the subject’s full name, and is thus an excellent repository to find images of people identified on the map. Website is easy to use, but has the sterile feel of a library archive.

  13. We Shall Remain
    American Experience / PBS / Native American Public Telecommunications

    Comprehensive website accompanying the five-part documentary series on Native history, originally aired in April 2009. In addition to free video of all five-parts, the site also includes a “Beyond Broadcast” section with teacher’s guides, lesson plans, bibliographies, and resources, and an additional short-film series entitled ReelNative.