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American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
"This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment. The materials are drawn from the extensive collections of the University of Washington Libraries, the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society in Spokane, and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle."
University of Washington Libraries & American Memory, Library of Congress

ArtNatAm: Native American Artist
"Only Native American Artists are presented at this site. The variety and quality of their work speaks for itself. This is a juried collection of works."

[Curtis, Edward S.] Edward S. Curtis Collection - (dead link)
Photographs of North American Indians by Edward S. Curtis, Early Twentieth Century. Description of LC's print collectionSee also the Library of Congress' Edward S. Curtis- How to Find His Photos.
Library of Congress Special Collections

To see his brother's contrasting style, visit the University of Washington's Asahel Curtis Photo Company Collection which contains 1,704 photographs depicting activities in Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska and the Klondike, from the 1850s until 1940.

[Curtis, Edward S.] Frontier Photographer: Edward S. Curtis
A Smithsonian Institution Libraries Exhibition
"Edward S. Curtis (1748-1952) left an indelible mark on the history of photography in his 20-volume life's work, The North American Indian."
Sections include: The Curtis Family ; Working on the Frontier ; Gaining Support ; A Life's Work ; Early Books ; Suggested Readings ; Timeline ; Family Sacrifices ; Curtis' Technique ; "The Man Who Never Took Time to Play" ; Alaska.

[Curtis, Edward S.] Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian
"The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners." In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Featured here are all of the published photogravure images including over 1500 illustrations bound in the text volumes, along with over 700 portfolio plates."
- American Memory, Library of Congress

Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains
"Images of the Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains is a searchable online photograph database...Images were digitized and drawn from the library collections of three of the Montana State University campuses ( Bozeman, Billings, and Havre), the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana...The digital collection was created in consultation with Native Americans, educators, librarians, and historians. The overall organization of the database is by tribe, including: Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Salish (Flathead), Kutenai, Chippewa-Cree, Gros Ventres (Atsina), and Assiniboine. The collection consists primarily of images, but includes some text to give context. Most of the images are photographs, but there are also stereographs, ledger drawings, and other sketches."

Pueblo Pottery Exhibit
The Internet Public Library

Tribal Maps
EPA Region 9 [Southwest]

University of Wyoming - American Heritage Center

  • Richard Throssel: Photographer of the Crows
    "Most of the photographs taken by Throssel depict the Crow, or Apsaroke, as they referred to themselves, from 1905-1910...Throssel showed Crow life from the perspective of a near-insider. He documented a broad range of cultural displays, providing a record of context and change for the Crow's adaptation to reservation life. Many of the works convey spontaneity, with the subjects seemingly unaware of the camera."

Washington State University - Digital Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society

  • Wisconsin Historical Images
    "...provides a rich pictorial view of Wisconsin and United States history. Our collection consists of 19th and 20th century photographs, paintings, posters, advertising material, ephemera, and political cartoons. Our images online represent only a fraction of the 3 million images in the Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society."
    • Indian Portraits by De Lancey Gill Collection
      "This is an impressive collection of 101 photographic portraits of individual Native Americans, dating from about 1898 and identified with their Indian names and tribal affiliations."

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