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Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, and local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile reference helps and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they serve as a meeting place for local historical and genealogical societies, and may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to look up information in local records. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees.

When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere on this Wiki page, return to this section for the address.

The Family History Library has copies of many of the records found in archives and libraries, but most repositories will have additional sources.

The following archives, libraries, and societies have specialized collections or services helpful to American Indian genealogical researchers.


National Archives
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700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408
Telephone: 202-501-5415
Fax: 301-837-0459

National Archives Regional Branches

National Archives at Fort Worth. This regional archives has more American Indian sources than the other regional archives.

Family History Library
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35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
Local Telephone: 801-240-2331
Toll Free: 1-800-346-6044 (Inside United States and Canada)
Toll Free: 1-801-240-1000 (Outside United States and Canada)

National Museum of the American Indian
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4th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
Telephone: 202-633-1000

National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center
Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
Telephone: 301-238-1400
E-mail: [1]
Internet: NMAI Archives Center
Open to researchers by appointment only. Provides reference services to Native American community members, scholars, researchers, journalists, museum staff, and the general public.


Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska
Paul G. Allen Library
3239 Hospital Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801-7809
Telephone: 907-463-7375
Fax: 907-463-7321

Hisagvik College
Tuzzy Consortium Library
P.O. Box 749
Barrow, Alaska 99723-0749
Telephone: 907-852-1720
Fax: 907-852-1729


Diné College Tsaile Campus
Diné College Libraries
P.O. box 1000-F
Tsaile, Arizona 86556-1301
Telephone: 928-724-6757
Fax: 928-724-6759

Labriola National American Indian Data Center
Arizona State University Libraries
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1006
Telephone: 480-965-6490
Fax: 480-965-0776

Tohono O'odham Community College Library
P.O. Box 3129
Sells, Arizona 85634
Telephone: 520-383-0032
Fax: 520-383-8403


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Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Telephone: 510-642-6481 Reference desk
Fax: 510-642-7589

Premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, westward migration, and ethnic communities. This library has more about western North America than any other site.[1] [2]  See their Images of Native Americans exhibition.

California State Library
914 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing address:
P. O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
Telephone: 916-654-0261
Fax: 916-654-0241

The California Room has a composite set of the California Indian Library Collections--sound recordings, photos, books, journal articles, unpublished manuscripts and field notes (many from Berkeley researchers in the early 1900s) which have been duplicated and installed in twenty-one northern and central California libraries. Each county collection contains materials specific to the tribes within that county. Also, they have published 43 tribal bibliographies online.

Kuumeyaay Community College
5477 Dehesa Road #9
El Cajon, California 92019
Telephone: 619-445-6914
Fax: 619-445-5176

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Southwest Museum, Braun Research Library
PO Box 41558
234 Museum Dr
Highland Park, CA 90065-5030
Telephone: 323-221-2164 ext. 256

Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians especially in Arizona.[3]


Ute Mountain Tribal Library
Education Center
450 Sunset
P.O. Box CC
Towaoc, Colorado 81334-0048
Telephone: 970-564-5348
Fax: 970/564-5342


Institute for American Indian Studies Library
38 Curtis Road
PO Box 1260
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-0518; Fax: 860-868-1649
Internet: Institute for American Indian Studies

Open by appointment to students, educators, researchers and members.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
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110 Pequot Trail
P.O. Box 3180
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3180
Internet: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

Research Library Reference Desk:
Telephone: 860-396-6897
Archives and Special Collections Reference Desk:
Telephone: 860-396-6872


Billy Osceola Memorial Library
Route 6 Box 668
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Telephone: 863-763-4236
Fax: 863-763-0679

Dorothy Scott Osceola Memorial Library
3200 NW 63rd Avenue
Hollywood, Florida 33024
Telephone: 954-989-6840
Fax: 954-967-2395

Willie Frank Library
HC 61 Box 46A
Big Cypress Reservation
Clewiston, Florida 33440
Telephone: 863-983-6724
Fax: 863-983-3539

Tampa Reservation Library
5219 Orient Road #K
Tampa, Florida 33610
Telephone: 813-626-5765
Fax: 813-626-5489

Immokalee Reservation Library
303 Lena Frank Drive
Suite 3
Immokalee, Florida 33934
Telephone: 863-657-3400


Haskell Indian Nations University
Tommaney Hall Library
155 Indian Avenue
P.O. Box 5013
Lawrence, Kansas 66046-4800
Telephone: 785-832-6686
Fax: 785-832-6687


There are three major tribal groups in Michigan today: the Chippewa (Ojibwe), the Ottawa, and the Potawatomi. They comprise what is called the Three Fires Council. Although these three tribes have similar cultures and share the same territory, there are still some differences.

Bay Mills Community College Library
12214 West Lakeshore Drive
Route 1 Box 315A
Brimley, Michigan 49715
Telephone 906-248-3354 Ext 4220
Fax: 906-248-3351

Chippewa River District Library
301 S. University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Telephone: 989-773-3242

Drummond Island Historical Society
P. O. Box 293
Drummond Island, MI 49726
Telephone: (906) 493-5746

A museum on the early settlers of Drummond Island, Native American history, Fort Drummond history and lumbering. There are some genealogy resources but very limited.

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Ojibwa Community Library
409 Superior Avenue
P.O. box 399
Baraga, Michigan 49908-0399
Telephone: 906-353-8163

Library of Michigan
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702 W. Kalamazoo St.
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
Telephone: 517-373-1300
Internet: Native American Genealogy: Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Luce-Mackinac County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 113
Engadine, MI 49827-0113

Holdings at either Engadine, Newberry or Curtis include: Durant Roll 1870, Ottawa Chippewa Indian Roll; 1910 Census of Mackinac Co, MI, 1920 Census of Mackinac Co, MI, 1920 Census of Chippewa Co, MI, 1920 Census of Emmet Co, MI (also parts of Eaton & Gratiot); Mackinac Co Cemeteries Index, Allenville, Gross Cap Cemeteries, Mackinac Island Cemetery, Sandtown and Woodlawn Cemeteries, Newton Twp Cemeteries, Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery – Engadine Index to the 11th US Census (1890) Mackinaw Co - Civil War Veterans & Widows; Luce-Mackinac Genealogical Society Surname Index; Publications: “100 Years of Luce County History,” “The Les Cheneaux Chronicles,” “Tahquamenon Country: A Look at Its Past,” “The Land of Indian Elik,” “History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan,” “Ripples from the Breezes;” Newspaper Scrapbooks: Marriages, Anniversaries, School Reunions, "Looking Back", etc; Obituary File.

Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862
Telephone: 906-387-2152

Michigan Indian Census: Bay Mills [Chippewa] Great Lakes 1935-1937; Great Lakes [Chippewa & Potawatomi] 1938-1940

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2274 Enterprise Drive
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858
Telephone: 989-775-4123
Fax: 989-775-4528


Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Library
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720
Telephone: 218-879-0800 Fax (218) 879-0814 Toll Toll Free: 1-800-657-3712
Fax: 218-879-0814

Leech Lake Tribal College Library
6945 Littlewolf Road NW
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633-6945
Telephone: 218-335-4241
Fax: 218-335-4209

Red Lake Nation College
Highway 1 East
P.O. box 550
Red Lake, Minnesota 56671-0550
Telephone: 218-679-2860

White Earth Tribal and Community College
(WETCC Library)
202 Main Street S
P.O. Box 478
Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557
Telephone: 218-935-0417
Fax: 218-936-5614

White Earth Tribal and Community College Library
202 S Main Street
Mahnomen, Minnesota 56557
Telephone: 218-935-0417


Blackfeet Community College
Medicine Spring Library
P.O. Box 819
Browning, Montana 59417-0891
Telephone: 406-338-5441 Ext 700
Fax: 406-338-5454

Chief Dull Knife College
Rt. John Woodenlegs Memorial Library
1 College Drive
P.O. Box 98
Lame Deer, Montana 59043-0098
Telephone: 406-477-6215

Fort Belknap College Library
P.O. Box 159
Harlem, Montana 59526
Telephone: 406-353-2607
Fax: 406-353-2898

Fort Peck Community College Library
US Highway 2 E
Poplar, Montana 59255
Telephone: 406-768-5453

Little Big Horn College Library
1 Forestry Lane
P.O. Box 370
Crow Agency, Montana 59022-0370
Telephone: 406-638-3104
Fax: 406-638-3170


Salish Kootenai College
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D'arcy McNickle Library
5200 Hwy 93
P.O. Box 70
Pablo, Montana 59855
Telephone: 406-275-4875
Fax: 406-275-4812

Stone Child College
Route 1 Box 1082
Box Elder, Montana 59521-9796
Telephone: 406-395-5313 Ext 124
Fax: 406-395-4836


Little Priest Tribal Collage Library
601 East College Drive
P.O. Box 270
Winnebago, Nebraska 68071-0270  
Telephone: 402-878-2380    
Fax: 402-878-2319  

Nebraska Indian Community College
Virtual Library
1 College Hill Rd
P.O. Box 428
Macy, Nebraska 68039-0428
Telephone: 402-837-5078
Fax: 402-837-4183

New Mexico

Institute of American Indian Arts
IAIA Library
83 A Van Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-1300
Telephone: 505-424-2397
Fax: 505-424-3131

Navajo Technical College
(Formerly Crownpoint Institute of Technology)
Domenici Library
P.O. Box 849
Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313-0849
Telephone: 505-786-4130
Fax: 505-786-5644

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Library
9169 Coors Road NW
P.O. Box 10146
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196
Telephone: 505-346-2352
Toll Free: 1-800-586-7474
Fax: 505-346-2381

New York

Seneca Nations of Indians Library
Allegany Branch
Broad Street Extension
P.O. Box 231 
Salamanca, New York 14779-0231
Telephone: 716-945-3157
Fax: 716-945-9770

Cattaraugus Branch
3 Thomas Indian School Drive
Irving, New York 14081
Telephone: 716-532-9449
Fax: 716-532-6115

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Akwesasne Library
321 State Route 37
Hogansburg, New York 13655-3114
Telephone: 518-358-2240
Fax: 518-358-2649

North Dakota

Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Valerie Merrick Memorial Library
214 1st Avenue
P.O. Box 479
Fort Totten, North Dakota 58335-0479
Telephone: 701-766-1353
Fax: 701-766-1307

Sitting Bull College Library
1341 92nd Street
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538-9701
Telephone: 701-854-8024
Fax: 701-854-3403

Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center
P.O. Box 257
Belcourt, North Dakota 58316
Telephone: 701-477-6140

Turtle Mountain Community College Library
P.O. Box 340
Belcourt, North Dakota 58316-0340
Telephone: 701-477-7862 Ext 2084
Fax: 701-477-7805

United Tribes Technical College Library
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504-7596
Telephone: 701-255-3285 Ext 282
Toll Free: 1-888-643-8882
Fax: 701-255-530-0625


See the article Oklahoma Indian Tribes in this wiki for further information on the many tribes located in the Oklahoma Indian Territory. Also see the article Native American Research in Oklahoma in this wiki for written resources helpful in doing Native American research.

Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center
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800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 405-522-5225
Internet: OHS Research Center

See their Finding Your American Indian Ancestors Research Guide.

Bristow Public Library
111 West Seventh Avenue
Bristow, Oklahoma 74010-2401
Telephone: 918-367-6562
Fax: 918-367-1156

Bristow Genealogical Society
612 West 6th
Bristow, Oklahoma 74010

Cherokee Heritage Center
P.O.Box 515
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465-0515
Telephone: 918-456-6007
Fax: 918-456-6165
Internet: Cherokee Heritage Center

Choctaw County Public Library
208 E Jackson
Hugo, Oklahoma 74743

Chickasaw Nation Heritage Preservation Division
Archives and Records
530 East Main
Ada, Oklahoma 74820
Telephone: 580-436-2603

Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library
P. O. Box 1548
530 East Arlington
Ada, Oklahoma 74821-1548
Telephone: 580-436-2603 ext. 7301

Comanche Nation College
1608 SW 9th Street
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501-7434
Telephone: 580-591-0203

Konawa Genealogy Society
Route 1 Box 3
Konawa, Oklahoma 74849

Miami Tribal Library and Archives
202 South Eight Tribes Trail
P.O. Box 1326
Miami, Oklahoma 74355
Telephone: 918-542-4505
Fax: 918-542-7260

Osage Tribal Museum, Archives and Library
819 Grandview
P.O. Box 779
Pawhuska, OK 74056

Sapulpa Public Library
27 W Dewey Ave
Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74066-3909
Telephone: 918-224-5624

Sapulpa Historical Society and Museum
100 East Lee
Sapulpa, Oklahma 74066
Telephone: 918-224-4871

Seminole Historical Society
1800 West Wrangler Blvd
Seminole, Oklahoma 74868
Telephone: 405-382-1500

Seminole Nation Historical Society
524 S. Wewoka Avenue
Wewoka, OK 74884-3239
Phone: (405) 257-5580

Seminole Public Library
424 N. Main
Seminole, Oklahoma 74868
Telephone: 405-382-4221

Talbot Library and Museum
500 South Colcord Avenue
Colcord, Oklahoma 74338
Telephone: 918-326-4532
Internet: Talbot Library and Museum

The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) is one of the best genealogical libraries in the United States. Their library focuses on Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, and Cherokee genealogy research.[4]

Tulsa City-County Library Genealogy Center
Hardesty Regional Library
8316 E. 93rd St.
Tulsa, OK 74133
Telephone: 918.549.7691
Internet: Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center of the Tulsa City-County Library is one of the largest genealogy collections in Oklahoma. Their focus is on Tulsa and Oklahoma, but they also have strengths in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. A limited amount of research, including Indian roll look-ups, can be conducted by email and letters. See their American Indian Research guide.


Coquille Indian Tribe
3050 Tremont
P.O. Box 783
North Bend, OR 97459
Telephone: 541-756-0904
Fax: 541-756-0847

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
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2789 Highway 331
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Telephone: 541-966-9748
Fax: 541-966-9927


American Philosophical Society Library
105 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386
Telephone: 215-440-3400
Internet: Guide to Native American Collections at the Society

South Dakota

Oglala Lakota College
Woksape Tipi Learning Resource Center
490 Piya Wiconi Road
P.O. Box 310
Kyle, South Dakota 57752-0310
Telephone: 605-455-6064
Fax: 605-455-6070
Internet: Ikopesni Ihanbla Po: Dare To Dream. Oglala Lakota College: 25 Years

SiTanka Huron University
Ella McIntire Library
435 North Elm Street
Eagle Butte, South Dakota 57625-0220
Telephone: 605-964-8011 Ext 3127
Fax: 605-964-4511

Sinte Gleska University Library
101 Antelope Lake Circle
P.O. Box 107
Mission, South Dakota 57555-0107
Telephone: 605-856-8195
Fax: 605-856-2011 

Sissseton-Wahpton Community College Library
Virtual Library
Old Agency Box 689
Sisseton, South Dakota 57262-0689
Telephone: 605-698-3966 Ext 702
Fax: 605-698-3132


Tennessee State Library and Archives
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403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
Telephone: 1-615-741-2764
Fax: 1-615-532-2472
Internet: Tennessee State Library and Archives

Collection includes Cherokee records. See the guide: Native American Research (Cherokee) at TSLA


See the article "Texas Indian Tribes" in this outline for further information on the many tribes located in Texas.

Institute of Texan Cultures Library
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801 S. Bowie Street
P.O. Box 1226
San Antonio, Texas 78294
Telephone: 512-226-7651
Fax: 512-222-8564

North Texas State University Archives
Box 5188, North Texas Station
Denton, Texas 76203
Telephone: 817-565-2766

Sul Ross State University
Box C-149
Alpine, Texas 79832
Telephone: 915-837-8127
Fax: 915-837-8400

University of Texas at Austin
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Perry-Castañeda Library
101 East 21st St.
Austin, TX 78705
Telephone: 512-495-4300

University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso Folklore Archive
El Paso, Texas 79968
Telephone: 915-747-5731

University of Texas - Pan American
Rio Grande Folklore Archive
Edinburgh, Texas 78539-2999
Telephone: 512-381-3551
Fax: 512-381-2177


Makah Tribal Council
PO Box 115
Neah Bay, Washington 98357
Telephone: 360-645-2201

Makah Cultural and Research Center
P.O. Box 160
Neah Bay, Washington 98357
Telephone: 360-645-2711
Fax: 360-645-2656

King County Library System
Muckleshoot Library
38811 172nd Avenue SE
Auburn, Washington 98092
Telephone: 253-931-6779

Medicine Creek Tribal College
2002 East 28th Street, Bldg 18
Tacoma, Washington 98404-4949
Telephone: 253-573-7950

Muckleshoot Tribal College
5602 Auburn Way South
Auburn, Washington 98092-7347
Telephone: 253-735-6647 Ext 116

Northwest Indian College
Lummi Virtual Library
2920 Kwina Road
Bellingham, Washington 98226-9278
Telephone: 360-392-4214
Toll free: 1-866-676-2772 Ext 4204
Fax: 360-733-3358

Northwest Indian College
Nisqually Satellite Campus
4814 She-Nah-Num Drive SE
Olympia, Washington 98513-9105
Telephone: 360-456-5221 Ext 679

Spokane Tribal College Library
6232 Old School Road
P.O. Box 97
Wellpinit, Washington 99040-0097
Telephone: 509-258-9202
Fax: 509-258-7789

Suquamish Museum: Tribal Archives 
15838 Sandy Hook Road
Suquamish, Washington 98392
Telephone: 360-598-3311


Bad River Public Tribal Library
P.O. box 39
Odanah, Wisconsin 54861
Telephone 715-682-711 Ext 116

College of the Menominee Nation
P.O. Box 1179
Keshena, Wisconsin 54135-1179
Telephone: 715-799-6226 Ext 3001
Fax: 715-799-1336

Lac du Flambeau Public Library
Peace Pipe Road
P.O. box 368
Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin 54538
Telephone: 715-588-7001

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
LCO Virtual Library
13466 West Trepania Road
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843-9419
Telephone: 715-634-4790 Ext 108
Fax: 715-634-5049

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Information Desk: (414) 288-7556
E-mail: Ask an Archivist

The Native America Collections preserve the history of Catholic evangelization of the Americas' aboriginal Indian peoples. This includes directories, genealogies, photos, and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Their Guides to Catholic-Related Records about Native Americans in the United States (and Canada) contain over 1,000 repository entries which provide contact information on the churches and repositories that hold these records, brief descriptions about records, and identification of the Native groups represented and the related Catholic organizations involved.


Wind River Tribal College
533 Ethete Road
P.O. Box 8300
Ethete, Wyoming 82520
Telephone: 307-335-8243
Fax: 307-335-8148

For Further Reading

Other libraries and archives not found on the above list also have sources and information about American Indian ancestors. For a list significant genealogical repositories which may have additional American Indian sources see

Further, individual state or local repositories often have sources about nearby Indian tribes and bands. To identify such libraries or archives, search this Wiki for each [state]  (where an ancestor lived) followed by the phrase Archives and Libraries, for example:

The following two directories show additional repositories with sources about individual American Indian tribes and ancestors:

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Click this button for links to databases, indexes, or sites that help you find an American Indian ancestor by topic or tribe.


  1. Collections in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 19 and 21. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. "Genealogy Research Requests" in Talbot Library and Museum (accessed 19 August 2015).


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