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Native Americans: Resources in Local History and Genealogy

Print Resources

A selected bibliography appears below to initiate your research. For additional library materials on this topic, use authorized subject headings to browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Subject headings provide lists of materials that you can explore for further research. These are reviewed and updated from time to time. The following subject headings are currently under review, but have not yet been changed. Select any subject heading to see a list of titles and click on any of the titles to access the bibliographic record. Related subject headings include:

We also suggest using the Keyword search option to search the Library of Congress Online Catalog for tribal names (using alternative spellings when necessary), tribal leaders, significant events in the history of indigenous people, etc.

If you cannot visit the Library of Congress in person, you can request a specific lookup through Ask a Librarian or ask your local library to borrow materials for you through interlibrary loan. For more options, contact the Library of Congress Duplication Services.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Contact the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room to view these collections and more. You can also search across the Library's Finding Aids to find collections that may pertain to your research.

Research Guides

Manuscript Collections

The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world. Visit their Reading Room and explore their Digital Collections to find maps pertaining to the locations where your ancestors lived.

You may find your Native American ancestors mentioned in local community newspapers, as well as in special tribal newspapers. Below are selected resources to help you brainstorm about the types of materials that you may find. Learn more by consulting with subject specialists in the Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room and exploring the newspapers and tools in our Digital Collections.


Books and Bibliographies


Though many photographs in the Library of Congress Collections have been added to our Digital Collections, there are many more that have not. Contact or visit the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division to learn more about additional images of and by Native Americans.