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Subseries 2: Tribal, 1852-1994
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Records of the Association on American Indian Affairs consist primarily of textual records, with modest but revealing bodies of photographic and audiovisual material. They represent the work of many hands, both paid and unpaid, and testify to the durability of the AAIA and the needs which called it into existence. The activities documented in these Records are myriad and reflect a complex pattern of relationships, not only within the AAIA itself but with representatives of governments, tribes, and other organizations. While the different facets of the Association's work cannot be compartmentalized in any absolute sense, the series and subseries into which these Records have been divided highlight broad areas of interest and involvement, such as "Legislation" or "Legal Cases;" significant organizational and functional elements, such as "Administration" or "Correspondence;" and the individuality of officers, such as Oliver La Farge or Hildegarde Forbes, whose personal files relating to the AAIA have been subsumed into -- though not interfiled with -- the overall collection. The single largest component of these Records and, arguably, the keystone, is "Tribal," a subseries which documents the Association's work on behalf of hundreds of Native American communities and its concern with local issues. In contrast, matters of national scope, including entities with a national constituency, are to be found in "General," a subseries second only to "Tribal" in size. Researchers can therefore plumb both the microcosm and the macrocosm of Native American life, as well as charting the links between the two. The picture of the AAIA formed by the thousands of files which collectively constitute these Records, contains innumerable brush strokes. Some are disappointingly broad and some are numbingly detailed, but for the most part they are illuminating: an invaluable source of insight into the controverted but, as these Records attest, sometimes constructive relationship of Indians and non-Indians in the twentieth century.
The materials in this subseries are arranged in alphabetical order, initially by state and then by tribe (e.g. San Carlos Apache), organization (e.g. American Indian Community House), or other subject (e.g. Tongue River Railroad Extension). In many instances, the name of a tribe is preceded by that of its reservation, reflecting the fact that members of the same Indian nation are often dispersed among two or more reservations. Some tribes are formally recognized as residing in two or more states and have been organized accordingly. The largest of these is the Navajo, whose far-flung territory encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Files relating to the Navajo have been grouped beneath this tri-state heading in the overall alphabetical sequence. Other tribes with a multiple heading include the Colorado River Tribes of Arizona and California, the Ute Mountain Tribe of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, and the Goshute of Nevada and Utah. Material of a miscellaneous nature has likewise been organized by state and can be found in a general file at the end of each sequence of files. It should be noted that in the interests of simplicity, North and South Dakota have been treated as one unit under the collective term, "Dakotas."
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No information about appraisal is available for this collection prior to the 2007 addition. Materials related to particular scholarships were separated from the August 2007 addition [ML.2007.027] and returned to the donor as requested.
No materials were separated from subsequent additions in 2008-2015. The exception is the 2014 addition [ML.2014.007]; AAIA newsletters that had already been catalogued by Princeton's Firestone Library were removed.
Approximately 1.5 linear feet consisting of routine financial information, personnel records, and other out-of-scope materials were removed from the October 2016 addition [ML.2016.034].
These records were processed with the generous support of The National Endowment for the Humanities and The John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
All records in Series 2, Subseries 2 are open for reseach use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Access to audiovisual material in this collection follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
This collection contains materials acquired from an Apple iMac desktop computer and other unknown desktop computers. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
Subseries 2: Tribal; Association on American Indian Affairs Records, MC147, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 172-291
- Existence and Location of Copies
Materials in this subseries have been digitized in their entirety and are available for members of the Princeton University community to view here.
This portion of the collection has been microfilmed by Primary Source Microfilm as Series 2, Part 2 of its Native America: A Primary Record microfilm collection. The guide to this microfilm edition is available here. Search WorldCat for "Native America: A Primary Record, Series 2" to determine where the microfilm collection is available near you or where it may be requested from through interlibrary loan.
- Cook Inlet Native Association
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
Alaska Federation of Natives
American Indian Community House (New York, N.Y.)
American Indian Defense Association
American Indian Development Corporation
Association of Contract Tribal Schools
Association of Village Council Presidents
United States. American Indian Policy Review Commission
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
United States., Department of the Intérior
Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Inuit Circumpolar Conference
John Hay Whitney Foundation
National congress of American Indians
National Indian Education Association
Organization for Social and Technical Innovation
Burge, Moris S.
Cohen, Felix S., 1907-1953
Collier, John, 1884-1968
Debo, Angie, 1890-1988
Emerson, Haven, 1874-1957
Ernst, Roger C., 1914-
Flute, Jerry, 1939-
Forbes, Henry Stone, 1882-
Forbes, Hildegarde B.
Hanley, Joy J., 1940-
Kimble, Gary Niles
La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963
Lesser, Alexander, 1902-1982
Madigan, La Verne
Órtiz, Alfonso, 1939-1997
Resnick, Idrian N.
Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965
Unger, Steven, 1946-