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American Indian Studies: Primary Source Resources

Starting point for research in American Indian Studies

Selected Primary Source Resources


  • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest - digital collection of original photographs and documents about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by essays written by anthropologists, historians, and teachers about both particular tribes and cross-cultural topics.
  • Government resources on Native Americans - Treaties, laws, tribal recognition, reservations, maps, and Indian Claims Commission Decisions.
  • American periodical series online UW Restricted - American magazine articles, 1740 to 1900.
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America - extensive collection of monograph, manuscript, newspaper, periodical and photograph.
  • American Memory - a premier collection for American history. Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • Lushootseed language resources - the language or dialect continuum of several Salish Native American groups of modern-day Washington state. Audio recordings.
  • National Museum of the American Indian - the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
  • Native American History - Links to resources that provide primary source information and images
  • North American Indian Drama UW Restricted- Plays by twentieth-century American Indian and First Nations playwrights. Includes issues of the Native playwrights' newsletter.
  • Native Voices - Native Voices at the University of Washington is a center where students, faculty, and independent producers create documentaries and media research that contributes to the understanding, strengthening, and support of Indigenous people and communities.
  • North American Indian thought & Culture- Compilation of biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories.
  • Northwest Digital Archives(NWDA)- provides access to guides of primary sources in the Northwestern United States, including correspondence, diaries, or photographs.
  • Navaho (Navajo) - an Athabaskan language spoken in the southwest United States by the Navajo people. Audio recordings.
  • Washington Tribes - information relating to the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington State.
  • Native One Stop - a one-stop shop for American Indians and Alaska Natives to access resources available from the U.S. Government.

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