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Indigenous Studies Department Research Guide on Indian Boarding Schools
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Haudenosaunee Heritage Center - Permanent and Temporary Exhibits

           Located in Washington, DC, this resource contains personal narratives, mixed materials/manuscripts, periodicals, legislation, newspapers and more on the subject.

Among the billions of historical records housed at the National Archives throughout the country, researchers can find information relating to American Indians from as early as 1774 through the mid 1990s. The National Archives preserves and makes available the documents created by Federal agencies in the course of their daily business.

The National Archives (NARA) maintains historically significant and permanently valuable records created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs ( ) and its predecessor agencies from as early as 1793. Tasked with federal oversight of American Indians, the BIA interacted with many individuals and families.

Most American Indian-related records held by the NARA primarily relate to administrative matters and the management of tribal and individual resources by the Federal government.

Records created by the BIA can be found at many of the NARA facilities throughout the country. There is no comprehensive index to these records. It is important to know the Indian tribe and/or BIA agency to locate potentially relevant records.

Each agency’s records includes various record series, usually arranged chronologically, alphabetically, numerically, or by subject. Research can require extensive time or repeat visits. Some records have been microfilmed and/or digitized. 

The Archives Department is the official repository for the historical and governmental records of the Seneca Nation of Indians.  It is a governmental trust on which the Seneca Nation depends to ensure continuing access to essential evidence that documents the experience of our Nation and its members.

Six Nations Public Library subscribes to several E-Resources thanks to both the Six Nations Community Development Trust and an Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s provincial investment in public libraries of $15 Million.

Extensive audio visual, photographic, and textual holdings present indigenous and Christian beliefs, practices, music, and oral testimony/histories among Native communities. Most holdings pertain to urban and rural people in the United States and former dependencies, especially the Dakota-Lakota, Inuit-Yupik (Eskimo), Ojibwa-Ottawa (Odawa), Apache-Navajo (Dené), and Piman (Akimel O'odham-Tohono O'odham) Indian peoples. The records present the pioneering, spiritual, and social justice legacies of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (Mohawk-Algonquin), Saint Katharine Drexel, Holy Nicholas Black Elk (Lakota), Père Jacques Marquette, S.J., Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (Potawatomi), and other notables, as well as local history records by/about parishes, schools, and communities. A few notable collections include school attendance and/or sacramental records of genealogical value.

The main body of materials in this field consists of the papers of Gerrit Smith (1797-1874), "philanthropist and reformer," and of his father Peter Smith (1768-1837), wealthy land owner and business associate of the first John Jacob Astor. Their papers cover a wide range of subject matter-land history of New York State, commercial and social relationships with the Indians, the trading post at Old Fort Schuyler (now Utica), abolition, and a multiplicity of reforms (temperance, vegetarianism, "free" churches, socialism, inter al.).