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Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic Collections

National Museum of the American Indian Archives

The Archives at the National Museum of the American Indian hold approximately 300 linear feet of manuscript material, more than 180,000 photographic images, and thousands of motion picture and audio recordings documenting comtemporary and traditional lifeways and art of the native people of North, Central and South America, as well as the activities of the Museum of American Indian, Heye Foundation.

In addition to copyright and other legal restrictions on use of archival materials, some of the materials in the National Museum of the American Indian's Archives are restricted due to their culturally sensitive content. Archives staff is available to assist in these instances.

Archival collections are housed at the Museum's Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, and may be accessed by appointment only. To arrange a visit or consult Archives staff, please contact us at