American Indian Research in the Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

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Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) exist in regions throughout the United States. Many of these regional archives have collected records of the federal offices in their region, including those of the field jurisdictions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Some of the field jurisdictions are the superintendencies, agencies, schools, factories, and area offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Most of the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs are in Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The regional archives have inventoried their holdings and have placed those inventories online. While these inventories are not detailed listings of all their holdings, they do provide some indication of the field offices included in their collection.

The Regional Archives with the larger collections of American Indian Records are:

  • Great Lakes Regional Archives
  • Central Plains Regional Archives
  • Southwest Regional Archives
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Archives
  • Pacific Regional Archives at Laguna Niguel
  • Pacific Regional Archives at San Bruno
  • Pacific and Alaska Regional Archives

The other Regional Archives with relatively small collections of American Indian records are: