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
<content.lib.washington.edu/aipnw>: More than 2,300 photographs are searchable by subject, title or description.
Denver Public Library History of the American West 1860-1920
<memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/codhtml/hawphome.html>: 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
<memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/ienhtml/curthome.html>: 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
<libmuse.msu.montana.edu/epubs/nadb>: This database of photos, drawings, maps and artwork represents 10 major tribes. Search by subject, date, name, tribe, location or creator.
<www.asu.edu/lib/archives/schwarz>: Browse 270 of missionary Augustine Schwarz’s photos of the Pima, Papagos and Apache peoples.
Online Archive of California
<www.oac.cdlib.org>: This vast archive includes 3,000 American Indian photographs from the C. Hart Merriam Collection.
Wisconsin Historical Society Indians of North America
<www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi>: Browse 182 images or search by keyword.