Using the Archives

The Archives are open to researchers by appointment, and require at least 30 days advance notice as well as a completed Collections Access form (link). This allows time for us to ensure that the collections and/or documents requested are available and not subject to restriction. The Archivist will also provide some basic review of materials to help you determine if a visit is necessary and/or if a local researchers should be hired. Research assistance, digital scans, and photocopies may be available. 

For reference requests, please provide your contact information and as much information pertaining to your question as possible. Our goal is to reply to initial requests within 30 business days.  

For permission requests please use our Permission to Publish form and submit to the Archivist. 

Some of our archives are restricted. These restrictions range from entire collections to a few individual items and the level of restriction is generally listed in the finding aid or collection description. Many of the restrictions have been put in place in consultation with Tribal communities, and they may allow access after consultation and approval. This process is in line with the Protocols for Native American Archival Material. Please contact the Archivist to discuss any research request with collections noted as restricted. 

Copies or scans may be permitted depending on the condition of the item and whether there are any restrictions on copying. Check with the Archivist for the current fees for copies or digital files or to request to have copies sent to you. Copies are subject to copyright laws and approval must be obtained for any publication. Culturally sensitive items may only be photocopied (and will be clearly stamped) with the written permission of the correct tribal authority.