Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives

Introduction

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.

Since the U.S. Government’s interactions with American Indians changed over time, knowing the geographic place and the time period will help create a more positive research experience. As you plan your research, consider this question: how does my research topic intersect with the U.S. Federal Government?

To help you answer this question, use the navigation options below to explore the vast resources relating to American Indian research.

If you are just starting archival research, please review guidance about getting started.

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