Indigenous Collections

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The collections of the American Philosophical Society's (APS) Library & Museum contain material related to the languages, cultures, histories, and continuity of more than 650 different Indigenous peoples, primarily in North and Central America. They include:

  • Archival collections from the 1500s to the present day
  • Manuscripts including field notebooks, correspondence, maps, and compilations of stories and vocabularies
  • Over 5,500 hours of audio and video recordings, from the 1920s to the 2020s
  • Tens of thousands of photographs and other images of Indigenous peoples and places
  • Rare books, and hard-to-find local publications, touching upon community histories from many eras