The APS Library contains over 1,700 linear feet of unique manuscripts, photographs, and audio recordings relating to over 440 different indigenous cultures of the Americas.
The Indigenous Subject Guide provides detailed coverage of the Native American and Indigenous archival collections at the APS Library. Researchers can discover materials of interest by using text searches, browsing lists of materials relating to different cultures and languages, and exploring an interactive map of where the material comes from.
The Indigenous Collections include documents from 1553 to the present. These materials cover a broad range of historical, linguistic, and ethnographic information, found in a variety of forms, such as field notebooks, correspondence, maps, and compilations of stories and vocabularies.
Explore the manuscripts collections through the Library’s general Collections Search.
The Library’s audio archives date from the 1920s to the present and contain over 3,200 hours of songs, stories, interviews, and other content in 162 different indigenous languages. These recordings have been digitized and are accessible in our Digital Library with a login and password. Find more information on how to listen to these recordings on our Audio Access page.
The tens of thousands of drawings, prints, and photographs of indigenous peoples, places, and traditions provide a rich visual history of the last few centuries. To see a broad sampling of images from the collections, browse the Native American Images in our Digital Library.
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT ACCESSING MATERIALS? CNAIR staff are eager to assist. Contact Brian Carpenter, Curator of Native American Materials (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information.