List of Useful Native American Research Resources

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Native American Research


This article is part of a series.

Overview of Native American Research
Finding Native American Tribe-specific Information
Finding Individual Native American Information
Records Relating to Native American Research in Oklahoma
The Commission to the Five Tribes
Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
Muskogee Area Office
Anadarko Area Office
Florida Superintendency
Select List of Native American Tribes
List of Useful Native American Research Resources
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This article originally appeared in "Native American Research" by Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, and George J. Nixon in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

Arden, Harvey, and Steve Wall. Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders. Hillsboro, Ore.: Beyond Words Publishing, 1990.

Bantin, Philip C. Guide to Catholic Indian Mission and School Records in Midwest Repositories. Milwaukee: Marquette University Libraries, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, 1984.

Bataaille, Gretchen M., and Kathleen Mullen Sands. American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives. Reprint ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

Blankenship, Bob. Cherokee Roots. Cherokee, N.C.: the compiler, 1992.

Boyd, Stephen G. Indian Local Names with Their Interpretations. York, Penn.: the author, 1885.

Brandon, William. Indians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Byers, Paula K., ed. Native American Genealogical Sourcebook. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 1995.

Carpenter, Cecelia Swinth. How to Research American Indian Blood Lines. South Prairie, Wash.: Meico Associates, 1984; reprint, Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 2000.

Carter, Kent. The Dawes Commission and the Allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914. Orem, Utah: Ancestry.com, 1999.

Carter, Kent. "Wantabes and Outalucks: Searching for Indian Ancestors in Federal Records." Ancestry Newsletter 5, no. 6 (November-December 1987): 1-6.

Champagne, Duane, ed. The Native North American Almanac: A Reference Work on Native North Americans in the United States and Canada. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2001.

Chepesiuk, Ron, and Arnold Shankman. American Indian Archival Material: Guide to the Holdings in the Southeast. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982. Includes bibliographic references and index.

Cohen, Felix. Handbook of Federal Indian Law, with Reference Tables and Index. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1942. Reprint, with added foreword, biography, and bibliography. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1971. Reprint, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1988. Available online at http://thorpe.ou.edu/cohen/HandbookOfFederalIndianLaw.pdf.

Curtis, Edward S. The North American Indian, Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska. 20 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: University Press, 1907-30.

Dewitt, Donald L. American Indian Resource Materials in the Western History Collections. University of Oklahoma.Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. Includes bibliographic references and index.

Dictionary of Indian Tribes of the Americas. 3 vols. 2nd ed. Newport Beach, Calif.: American Indian Publishing, 1993-95.

Driver, Harold E. Indians of North America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. Includes bibliography.

Fixico, Donald L. Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986. Includes index and bibliography.

Foreman, Grant. Indian Removal: The Emigration of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1932, 1989. Includes bibliography.

Frazier, Patrick. Many Nations: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1996.

Freeman, John F. A Guide to Manuscripts Relating to the American Indian in the Library of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 65, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society.Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1966, 1980. Includes bibliography. Supplement published by the society, 1982.

Galluso, John, ed. Native America: Insight. Singapore: APA, 1989.

Gannett, Henry. A Gazetteer of Indian Territory. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905; reprint, Tulsa: Oklahoma Yesterday Publications, 1980.

Gattuso, John. Circle of Nations: Voices and Visions of American Indians. Hillsboro, Ore.: Beyond Words Publishing, 1993.

Gideon, D. C. Indian Territory-Descriptive, Biographical and Genealogical, Including the Landed Estates, County Seats, with General History of the Territory. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1901.

Gormley, Myra Vanderpool. Cherokee Connections. 1995; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

Goss, Joe. A Complete Roll of All Choctaw Claimants and Their Heirs Existing Under the Treaties Between the United States and the Choctaw Nation. Conway, Ark.: Oldbuck Press, 1992.

The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980.

Hill, Edward E. Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Services Administration, 1982.

Hill, Edward, comp. Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982.

---. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York: Clearwater Publishing Co., 1974.

Hodge, Frederick W. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, bulletin 30. 2 parts. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1912. Numerous reprints.

Hodge, Frederick Webb. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. 2 vols. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology. Bulletin. Washington, D.C., 1907-10; reprint, New York, 1959; Totawa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1975. Vol. 1: A-M, vol. 2: N-Z. Includes bibliography.

Hodge, William H. A Bibliography of Contemporary North American Indians. New York: Interland Publishing, 1976. Includes index.

Hoover, Herbert T. The Sioux: A Critical Bibliography. Bibliographical series, Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, for the Newberry Library, 1979. Includes bibliography.

Hoxie, Frederick E., and Harvey Markowitz. Native Americans: An Annotated Bibliography. D'Arcey McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1991. Includes index.

Hoxie, Frederick E. Atlas of Native American History. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Huntington, Henry E., Library and Art Gallery. Guide to American Historical Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. San Marino, Calif.: Kingsport Press for the Huntington Library, 1979. Includes index.

Index to the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1961; reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Online at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/arc_info/native_americans_final_rolls_index.html.

Introduction to United States Government Information Sources. 6th ed. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Jackson, Curtis E., and Marcia J. Galli. A History of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its Activities Among the Indians. San Francisco: R and E Research Associates, 1977. Includes bibliography.

Johnson, Steven L. Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1899. A project of the Institute for the Development of Indian Law. New York: Clearwater Publishing Co., 1977. Includes index. Reprint, Bethesda, Md.: Congressional Information Service, 2000.

Jordan, Jerry Wright. Cherokee By Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the US Court of Claims, 1906-1910. 9 vols. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1987-.

Kappler, Charles J. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. 6 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1903, 1979; reprinted in 7 vols, New York: William S. Hein and Co., 1990-95. Online at http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/. Includes indexes.

Kappler, Charles J. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904. Numerous reprints.

Kirkham, E. Kay. Our Native Americans and Their Records of Genealogical Value. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1980.

Klein, Barry T. Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian. 6th ed. West Nyack, N.Y.: Todd Publications, 1993.

Leacock, Eleanor Burke, and Nancy Oestreich Lurie. North American Indians in Historical Perspective. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, 1971, 1988.

Leitch, Barbara. A Concise Dictionary of Indian Tribes of North America. Algonac, Mich.: Reference Publications, 1979.

Lennon, Rachal Mills. Tracing Ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes. Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal. Reprint 2003, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

Lipps, Oscar Hiram. Laws and Regulations Relating to Indians and Their Lands. Lewiston, Idaho: Lewiston Printing and Binding Co., 1913.

McDonnell, Janet A. The Dispossession of the American Indian, 1887-1834. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. Includes bibliographic references and indexes.

McReynolds, Edwin C. The Seminoles. The Civilization of the American Indian Series. Vol. 47. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957, 1985. Includes bibliography.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1895-.

Native American Periodicals and Newspapers, 1828-1982: Bibliography, Publishing Record, and Holdings. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984.

The North American Indian. New York: Garland Publishing, 1985.

O'Brien, Sharon. American Indian Tribal Governments. 1st ed. The Civilization of the American Indian Series. Vol. 192. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989, 1993. Includes bibliography and index.

Otis, D. S. The Dawes Act and the Allotment of Indian Land. The Civilization of the American Indian Series. Vol. 123. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1973. Includes bibliographic references.

Prevost, Toni Jollay. The Delaware & Shawnee Admitted to Cherokee Citizenship and the Related Wyandotte & Moravian Delaware. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1992.

Prucha, Francis Paul. Documents of United States Indian Policy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1975, 2000. Includes bibliography and index.

---. The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians. 2 vols. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984, 1995. Includes bibliography and index.

Rafert, Stewart. The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1996.

The Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian. 10th ed. Nyack, N.Y.: Todd Publications, 2003.

Schmeckebier, Laurence F. The Office of Indian Affairs, Its History, Activities, and Organization. Service monographs of the United States government; no. 48. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1927; reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1972. Includes bibliography.

Schoolcraft, Henry R. Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared Under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, per Act of Congress of March 3, 1847. Philadelphia: Lippencott, Grambo and Co., 1851.

Smith, Jessie Carney, ed. Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.

Spindel, Donna. Introductory Guide to Indian-Related Records (to 1876) in the North Carolina State Archives. Raleigh: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977, 1979.

Starr, Emmet. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City: Warden Co., 1921; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.

Sturtevant, William C. Handbook of North American Indians. 20 vols. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1978-. Includes bibliographies and indexes.

Svoboda, Joseph G. A Guide to American Indian Resource Materials in Great Plains Repositories. Lincoln: Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983.

Swanton, John R. Indian Tribes of North America. Classics of Smithsonian Anthropology. Originally published as the Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin no. 145. 1984; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Includes bibliography and index.

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Archives: A Guide to the Field Branches of the National Archives. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988.

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck, ed. Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

U.S. Department of the Interior Library. Bibliographic and Historical Index of American Indians and Persons Involved in Indian Affairs. 8 vols. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1966.

Weist, Katherine M., and Susan R. Sharrock. An Annotated Bibliography of North Plains Ethnohistory. Missoula: University of Montana, 1985.

Wissler, Clark. Indians of the United States. New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

Witcher, Curt Bryan. A Bibliography of Sources for Native American Family History.Fort Wayne, Ind.: Allen County Public Library, 1988.

Wright, Muriel H. A Guide to the Indian Tribes of Oklahoma. The Civilization of the American Indian Series. Vol. 33. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1951, 1986. Includes bibliography.

Yenne, Bill. The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Tribes: A Comprehensive Study of Tribes from the Abitibi to the Zuni. Greenwich, Conn.: Brompton Books, 1986; reprinted, North Dighton, Mass.: J G Press, 1998.

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