Guides and Collections

Collections Pertaining to Native American People and Culture in Oregon


Special Project

Oregon Tribal Archives Institute (OTAI) - The OTAI 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)

Extension Bulletin Illustrations Photograph Collection (P 20)

E. R. Jackman Photograph Collection (P 89)

John Horner Photograph Collection (P 100)

E. E. Wilson Photograph Collection (P 101)

Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection

Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photograph Collection (P 120)

Four-H Photograph Collection (P 146)

Ralph Van Cleave Photograph Collection (P 156)

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
        Siletz Reservation

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)

Student Affairs (RG 102)

Extension Service Records (RG 111)

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)

News and Communication Services Photograph Collection (P 57)

University Publications Photographs (P 94)

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.

Other Resources

Federal Records

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

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