Where to Find Historical Images of American Indians

By Diane Haddad Premium

Round out your research with photos: These digital databases contain thousands of historical images of American Indians — and some may shed light on how your ancestors lived. Search on your ancestor’s name, tribe, location, nearby mission, BIA district or Indian school.

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest

<>: More than 2,300 photographs are searchable by subject, title or description.

Denver Public Library History of the American West 1860-1920

<>: This 30,000-strong collection encompasses all of Western history, including more than 40 American Indian tribes. A keyword search on Indian produced 5,000 hits.

Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian Photographic Images

<>: More than 2,000 keyword-searchable images that span 1907 to 1930 and cover 80 tribes from states west of the Mississippi.

Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains

<>: This database of photos, drawings, maps and artwork represents 10 major tribes. Search by subject, date, name, tribe, location or creator.

Labriola National American Indian Data Center

<>: Browse 270 of missionary Augustine Schwarz’s photos of the Pima, Papagos and Apache peoples.

Online Archive of California

<>: This vast archive includes 3,000 American Indian photographs from the C. Hart Merriam Collection.

Wisconsin Historical Society Indians of North America

<>: Browse 182 images or search by keyword.

From the April 2004 Family Tree Magazine