How to Use This Guide

This guide provides broad coverage of the Native American and Indigenous archival collections at the Library of the American Philosophical Society. These materials date from 1553 to 2019 and include manuscript, audio, and visual materials relating to Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. 

Use the Browse links above to see all entries relating to a particular Indigenous culture or language, or to see all entries altogether.

Use the interactive map below to search the guide geographically. (Note: not all materials are represented on the map.)

Some kinds of materials are not completely represented in the guide: archival materials that have not yet been cataloged, many photographs, correspondence, and books.

The map interface shows those materials that have clear information indicating that they come from a specific place. However, if a place is not marked on the map, there may still be materials at the APS that are from there.

The Library's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) serves all people interested in using the Library's resources. We welcome all questions and are eager to assist in locating materials. Contact Brian Carpenter, Curator of Native American Materials (, for more information. 

We also encourage you to also take a look at our video tutorial on Finding and Requesting Indigenous Archival Materials at the APS Library.