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Native American Resources in the Manuscript Division

Manuscript Collections

The pages in this section group Native American manuscript collections by subject or theme. Each page includes links to catalog records for individual collections. Each catalog record provides additional information about the collection. Many collections have a finding aid linked from the record. The finding aid provides a description of the content and arrangement of the collection. When a collection has been made available online, a link to the digital collection may be found in the finding aid and catalog record. Collections not available online are accessible in the Manuscript Reading Room.

These lists are not intended to be comprehensive but represent a curated set of materials. Crucially, the collections almost universally come from non-Indigenous creators or collectors, with all of the biases that accompany this, but may contain Native voices or elements of Native encounter and/or collaboration. Included, for example, are the collections of prominent figures such as General William Sherman, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, and Richard Henry Pratt; descriptions of pertinent records of organizations such as the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska and the Indian Rights Association; and collections relevant to topics such as Native languages, the Battle of Little Bighorn, and Indian boarding schools

Selected Images from the Collections