The Library has recently acquired the database ProQuest History Vault: American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971. This resource provides full-text access to archival materials from the U.S. National Archives, the Chicago History Museum, and selected first hand accounts of white settler encounters with Native Americans during westward expansion.
This database also allows access to a number of collections on American Indians in the 19th Century, with a focus on the interaction among white settlers, the U.S. federal government, and Indian nations. Discover how tensions in the post-Civil War era led to conflicts like the Modoc War fought in Northern California and Oregon in 1872-73, among other topics.
Archive collections include (partial list):
- American Indians and the U.S. Army: Department of New Mexico, 1853-1866
- American West: Overland Journeys, 1841-1880
- Chicago History Museum Collections on American Indians and the American West
- Indian Removal to the West, 1832-1840: Files of the Office of the Commissary General of Subsistence
- Indian Wars of the West and Frontier Army Life, 1862-1898: Official Histories and Personal Narratives
- Native Americans and the New Deal: The Office Files of John Collier, 1933-1945
- Native Americans Reference Collection: Documents Collected by the Office of Indian Affairs, Part 1: 1840-1900
- Native Americans Reference Collection: Documents Collected by the Office of Indian Affairs, Part 2: 1901-1948
- Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series A: Indian Delegations to Washington
- Records of the Indian Division, Office of the Secretary of the Interior: Special Files, 1848-1907
Explore the full list of collections included in the database.
Post contributed by Jesse Silva, Government Documents Librarian