Guides and Collections
Collections Pertaining to Native American People and Culture in Oregon
- Special Project
- Manuscript, Photograph, and Oral History Collections
- OSU's Native American Community
- Memorabilia Collection Files
- Other Resources
Oregon Tribal Archives Institute (OTAI) - The OTAI is is the culmination of a two year grant project dedicated to assisting Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes with their archives and records management needs.
Manuscript, Photograph, and Oral History Collections
Native American Maps Collection, 1875-1972 – is a collection of maps of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in north central Oregon; a map of the tribes of Alaska; and maps of reservation lands in the United States.
Mater Engineering, Inc., Records – consists of records generated and collected by Mater Engineering, Inc., of Corvallis, which pertain to the company’s consultation work with various Native American tribes in the use of their forest lands. Oregon tribes representedin the collection include the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and The Klamath Tribes. The records include correspondence, photographs, proposals and contracts, studies, maps, newspaper clippings and publications, and date from 1920 to 1995.
Siletz News – consists of issues of the monthly Siletz News published by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
Walter Baker Photograph Collection (P 18)
- P18: 259 & 270 – Chemawa Indian School, near Salem, ca. 1905
Extension Bulletin Illustrations Photograph Collection (P 20)
- P20: 757 – Warm Springs Indians show their “War Dance”, Crook County (??), ca. 1920
- P20:2521 – Siletz Indians, ca. 1920 (identified by Siletz elder as Oscar Wood and wife, Marthe)
E. R. Jackman Photograph Collection (P 89)
- P89: 216–217 & 219 – Indian hieroglyphics
- P89: 220–233 – artifacts from the collection of Reub Long
John Horner Photograph Collection (P 100)
- P100:24–33, 35–38 & 42 – Siletz Indians, early 20th century
- P100:45 – Umatilla family
- P100:46–47 & 61 – Modoc Indians
- P100:102 – Chief Joseph
- P100: 89, 101, 103–104 – unidentified Native Americans
E. E. Wilson Photograph Collection (P 101)
- P101:453–454; 550–562 – Siletz Indians, 4th of July celebration, 1910
Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection
- P118: 802 – Hieroglyphics near Elk Lake, Sept. 21, 1928
- P118: 1103 – Indians fishing form Shears Bridge, May 19, 1934
- P118: 1167 – Diggings near Indian Cave close to Long’s Hollow, Sept. 26, 1935
- P118: 2079 – Warm Springs, as it appeared from the road above, Sept. 16, 1937
Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photograph Collection (P 120)
- P120:1165–1172 – Warm Springs Indian Boys’ Wildlife Management Short Course, July 1966
- P120: 4054 – 4069 & 4074 – Images of the Warm Springs Reservation, June 1958. Includes the old school house at Shimanisho, which was made into a community center; 4-H club members and activities (beadwork, swimming); baseball diamond construction; sewing; canning.
Four-H Photograph Collection (P 146)
- P146:2618–2621 – Indian dancers (hoop dancers from Warm Springs or Chemawa?)
Ralph Van Cleave Photograph Collection (P 156)
- P156: 53 – Block house originally located at Fort Yamhill at the Grand Ronde reservation, ca. 1900
Gifford Photograph Collection (P 218)
This collection includes early 20th century images of Native Americans from the Columbia Plateau region and images of Native American participants in the Pendleton Round-Up in the 1940s.
KOAC-TV Films (P 207 F/V) This collection includes color films made circa 1973 of the Klamath and Warm Springs reservations.
Oregon Pioneers (OH1)
23. Rilatos, Robert
Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings (OH 12)
Oral interviews with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes made by Portland State University anthropologist Joe E. Pierce in 1962–63 (57 tapes)
OSU's Native American Community
Minorities in the Barometer Digital Collection, 1960-1979 - Articles from The Daily Barometer pertaining to multicultural issues and minorities on campus. All articles are organized in chronological order in full text searchable PDFs. The PDFs are organized by year; each PDF file begins with a Table of Contents listing the article titles and dates for the year.
OSU's Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws (NAL) and PowWows Digital Display - Images and information regarding the NAL and past PowWow celebrations on campus
OSU's Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws NAL) 2012-2013 Staff, Oral Histories Collection - 7 interviews, audio and transcripts, available online
One of the first known Native American OSU graduates was James Collins. Collins was affiliated with the Siletz Tribe and graduated in 1888.
Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU), 1917–2006 (RG 11) The Associated Students of OSU Records document the administration of student government and its interaction with other campus organizations, offices, and bodies primarily for the 1960s through the 1990s.
President’s Office (RG 13)
- Subgroup 16 (Byrne), series 7 – Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs committee materials, 1987–1995 (3 folders)
- Subgroup 17 (Risser), series 3 – correspondence with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, 1997
Student Affairs (RG 102)
- Accession 95:032 – Includes a file on the Native American Longhouse from 1973.
- Accession 2000:047 – Includes information on the Native American Longhouse
Extension Service Records (RG 111)
- Subgroup 1 (Reports) – includes annual reports of the Extension Service program on the Warm Springs reservation from 1955 to 1980.
- Subgroup 2 (Director’s Office), series 1 includes files pertaining to programs, projects and agreements with tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1931–1977
- Subgroup 2 (Director’s Office), series 2 includes a file on the Chicano-Indian Study Center of Oregon (CISCO), 1971–1972
University Advancement (RG 210)
Accession 2006:010 includes files pertaining to the Native American Longhouse (primarily the 1999 Sacred Landscapes conference); the Museum at Warm Springs (OSU’s vice president for University Advancement was a board member), 2000–2002; the OSU Native American Roundtable (discussion group), 2003; and Native American relations generally, 2000–2003.
OSU Historical File (P 25)
- P25:613–618 Siletz or Grand Ronde Indians at a celebration?, ca. 1920
News and Communication Services Photograph Collection (P 57)
- P57:645 – Native Americans (Warm Springs?) on horseback in the Tygh Valley, 1901. Includes Washington Peter, head man.
- P57: 5445–5455 – Photographs of the Native American Club’s first pow-wow, October 1977 (used in December 1977 Oregon Stater)
University Publications Photographs (P 94)
- Accession 2001:105 – photographs of undated pow-wow
- Accession 2004:036, box 2
- Native Americans, November 1987 – Native American student activities; includes some Native American Longhouse images; pow-wow
- Wilma Mankiller speaking on campus and pow-wow, fall 1988
Memorabilia Collection Files
American Indian Science and Engineering Society – contains clippings, brochures and informational posters on the OSU chapter of this student organization.
Center for the Study of the First Americans – contains information on this research center that was located at OSU from 1992 to 2002. The center function was to seek evidence of the Western Hemisphere’s first inhabitants.
Fort Hoskins and Fort Yamhill – current newspaper accounts of these forts that were ostensibly established to protect the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations.
Modoc War – Transcribed newspaper articles from the 1870s to the turn of the 20th century pertaining to this 1872 conflict.
Native American Longhouse – newspaper clippings and a brochure about this cultural center.
Native American Student Association – newspaper clippings and flyers about the activities (primarily pow-wows) of this student organization.
Native Americans – newspaper clippings brochures, and other information pertaining to Native Americans at OSU and in Oregon.
Warm Springs Reservation – newspaper clippings, poster, and 1985 annual report of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Report books of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1838–1885.
E93 .U55 Valley Microfilm
Indian hostilities in Oregon and Washington [microform]: message from the President of the United States, communicating information relative to Indian hostilities in the territories of Oregon and Washington…
1856 F591 .W4 reel 573, no. 5870. Valley Microfilm
Records of the Oregon Superintendency of Indian Affairs, 1848–1873.
E78.O6 U58 Valley Microfilm
Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824–81 [microform]: Oregon superintendency, 1842–1880.
E93 .U54 [Lib. has rolls 607–630] Valley Microfilm
Indian census rolls, 1885–1940.
E98.C3 U5 (various reels) & internet resource
Corporate charter of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, Oregon. Ratified August 22, 1936.
E78.O6 C631 1936 Valley SpCol Vault
Constitution and by-laws of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, 1938.
E78.O6 C62 Valley SpCol Vault
Tribal Documents and Publications
A history of the McQuinn Strip, by Gordon McNab, 1972.
E78.O6 M291 1972 Valley SpCol Vault
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon annual reports, 1976–1984.
E78.O6 C19 Valley
The People of Warm Springs: profile: the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, 1984.
E78.O6 P46 1984 Valley and Valley SpCol Vault
OSU Publications and Theses
Warm Springs Research Project, 1960. Oregon State College. Two year study of the human and social conditions of the Warm Springs Reservation. 4 volumes.
E78.O6 O7 Valley
A theory of economic development at Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Oregon, 1962. Ph.D. Thesis by James A. Rock.
LD4330 1962D 49 Valley