Indians of North America collection, 1837-2003  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Oregon Historical Society
Indians of North America collection
1837-2003 (inclusive)
0.7 cubic feet, (2 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 1531
Collection created by the Oregon Historical Society containing reports, ephemera, and copies of documents pertaining to Native American tribes of North America, primarily in the northwestern United States. Includes drawings of petrolyths and sign language translations.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection created by the Oregon Historical Society containing reports, ephemera, and copies of documents pertaining to Native American tribes of North America, primarily in the northwestern United States. Includes: drawings of petrolyths; sign language translations for use in religious instructions; schedule of land allotments at the Umatilla Agency; Nez Perce songs and hymns; documents relating to the Klamath and Coquille tribes; the Warm Springs Reservation road program; and flyers for various events.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Indians of North America collection, Mss 1531, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Acquisition Information

The collection was assembled by the Oregon Historical Society from a variety of sources

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Art and artists--Flyers for exhibitions 1965-1988
1/2 Brochures, pamphlets and ephemera 1892-1993
1/3 Campbell, A. H., notes on petroglyphs circa 1936-1956
1/4 Career Day pamphlets, Chemawa 1983
1/5 Celilo Community Club--Copies of correspondence 1955
1/6 Columbia River Defence Project (David Sohappy defense effort)--Flyers 1988
1/6A Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission 1992
1/7 Conference on American Indian culture, Eugene, Oregon--Prospectus and registration form 1986
1/7A Council for American Indian Interpretation - Northwest 1993
1/8 Coquille Tribe--Materials relating to Coquille restoration 1985-1988
1/9 "Current North American Indian periodicals," Center for the Study of Man, Smithsonian Institution; Native American Rights Fund form letter; Indian employment bill, U.S. House of Representatives 1967-1972, undated
1/10 Hadley Indian sign language diagrams: Ingonompashi
Packets containing cards with sign language interpretations of religious texts.
1/11 "The 'intermittent fever' epidemic of 1830s on the lower Columbia River," by Herbert C. Taylor, Jr. and Lester L. Hoaglin, Jr.; "A fresh look at Tillamook phonology," by Laurence C. Thmpson and M. Terry Thompson 1966, 1972
1/12 Klamath Tribes
Includes Klamath Management Specialists Report, 1958
1/13 Klamath Tribe forest property reports 1958, undated
1/14 Moore, Fred S., "Early History of Curry County" and "Indian tribes of Curry County, Oregon" 1927
1/15 Nez Perce
Includes "Nez Perce hymns," compiled by John Frank; "Nez Perce Songs of historical significance, as sung by "Sol" Webb (includes phonograph record)
1/16 Oregon Commission on Indian Services--Employment notices 1987
1/17 Posters and flyers 1975-2003
1/17 Programs circa 1950-1994
2/1 Petroglyph sketches (possibly drawn by John Horner) undated
2/1A Pictographs brochure 1938
2/2 Receipts and pass
Includes: pass for "Indian Sam," signed by C. R. Meigs, undated; note authorizing gift of flour to an Indian, 1862 April 8; and four sub-vouchers, 1864
2/3 Thompson, George, "A story of Siletz" (typescript, mimeograph); and Helen M. Cherry, "The Siletz Indian Reservation" (typescript) 1950, undated
2/4 Treaties, 1855-1859, facsimile reproductions 1966
2/5 Umatilla Indian Reservation
Schedule of land allotments to individual tribal members on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, circa 1891; arranged by tribe (Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla); information includes individual's name, age, name of subdivision, section, township, and range, size of allotment in acres, and remarks. Also includes miscellaneous receipts and vouchers, 1856-1871, including "Expenses incurred while travelling in business of the Indian Department in making an examination of Wagon Road from Grande Ronde River to Powder River River [sic] Valley...August 3rd, 1862.". Other ephemera.
circa 1891, 1856-1871, 1993
2/6 United States Senate, "A bill to provide for the security and protection of the emigrant and other Indians west of the states of Missouri and Arkansas" (original printed version) 1837
2/7 "Urban Ma'klaks Pow Wow & exhibit," Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (program book) 1990
2/8 Warm Springs
Includes Warm Springs Indian Reservation... / long range program / prepared and submitted by: / J. W. Elliott, Supt. and / Ralph M. Shane, road engr., 1940 March.
1940 March, 1990s
2/9 Williams, R. A., "Voices from the pre-historic past : or what was told to me by the bone, horn and stone implements of the aborigins [sic]" (original manuscript) undated
2/10 Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail--Packet of promotional materials, including maps, coloring book, fact sheet circa 2014-2015

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Nez Percé Indians--Music.
  • Coquille Indians.
  • Indian reservations--Oregon
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America--Languages.
  • Indians of North America--Oregon--Government relations.
  • Indians of North America--Oregon--Land tenure.
  • Klamath Indians.
  • Petroglyphs.

Corporate Names

  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Umatilla Agency.

Geographical Names

  • Umatilla Indian Reservation (Or.)
  • Warm Springs Indian Reservation (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Land registers
  • Phonograph records.
  • Printed ephemera.