American Indian Histories and Cultures

American Indian Histories and Cultures

American Indian Histories and Cultures is a major resource containing material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in
the world. It presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the ongoing repercussions of 
government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. The resource explores the consequent political, social and cultural impact on American Indian life against the backdrop of an ever-expanding western frontier through a wealth of rare original documents. 

Document types, digitized in full colour, include:

  • An extensive collection of manuscripts ranging from the early 16th- to the mid-20th centuries
  • A striking collection of artwork including rare American Indian ledger art
  • Speeches and petitions written by American Indians
  • Diaries, essays, travel journals and ledger books from early European expeditions
  • Correspondence, notes and minutes relating to important treaties
  • Early linguistic studies and ethnographic accounts of American Indian life
  • Thousands of photographs
  • Historic maps and atlases
  • Rare printed books
  • American Indian newspapers

At A Glance

Presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact right up to the civil rights movement of the mid- to late-twentieth century.
Languages: 
English
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