The Indigenous Peoples: North America database contains over 50 archival collections documenting the Native American experience from institutions such as the Library of Congress, the Association on American Indian Archives, and the U.S. National Archives. These digitized sources include manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, and photographs.
The Evans Early American Imprints database, "[c]ontains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America during the 17th and 18th centuries.” This includes a strong collection of documents written during the colonization of America and colonial / Native American interaction. One genre category that is relevant to this area of studies is the "Captivity Narratives", which includes titles such as A narrative of the captivity of Nehemiah How, who was taken by the Indians at the Great Meadow-Fort above Fort-Dummer, where he was an inhabitant, October 11th 1745. Giving an account of what he met with in his travelling to Canada, and while he was in prison there. Together with an account of Mr. How's death at Canada. [Seven lines from Psalms] from 1748.
The Sabin Americana database covers the years 1500-1926, with a strong emphasis on the colonization of both America and Europe, including views and firsthand accounts of colonial life. In this resource researchers can find materials related to Native Americans in the forms of essays, booklets, treaties, land tracts, congressional speeches, journals, and letters that document social attitudes and personal experiences. An example of a title is, A collection of Chippeway and English hymns, for the use of the native Indians by Peter Jones from 1847.
"The FBI's Osage Indian Murders files contain stores of data about life and attitudes of Osage Indians and their neighbors during the 1920s. The impact of oil wealth on northeastern Oklahoma is clearly documented. Of equal interest is the operation of state and federal law enforcement agencies in an era when, many assume, gangsters and bootleggers in major cities were society's sole villians. It is also evident from Osage Indian Murders files that the FBI at levels - especially including the young director, J. Edgar Hoover - actuely sensed heinous injustice and were determined to persevere in what became a most difficult task of investigation and prosecution. Sandbagged in a host of brazen but ingenious ways, the FBI nonetheless persisted, fought, and defeated charges of improper procedure and broke the congenial bonds of frontier silence to win convictions." - From the Indigenous Peoples: North America database.
National Book Award finalist, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, was researched partly using the New York Public Library Research collections. Author David Grann was a David S. Ferriero Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Libraries.