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Native American Studies Research Guide

The content of this guide was created by Joan Berman, Librarian Emerita

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Each section is arranged in LC Classification order, to give a sense of the breadth of the disciplines included.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Hoxie, Frederick E. Encyclopedia of North American Indians (ref E 76.2 E53 1996)
  • Heard. Handbook of the American Frontier: Four Centuries of Indian-White Relationships, v.5: Chronology, etc. (ref E 76.2 H43 1987)
  • Klein, Barry. Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian (ref E 76.2 R4 2006)
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (ref E 77 G15 1998)
  • Hirschfelder, Arlene. The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today (ref E 77 H59 1993)
  • Champagne, Duane. The Native North American Almanac (ref E 77 N362 1994)
  • Grinde, Donald A., Jr. Native Americans (ref E 93 N32 2002)
  • Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (ref E98 B7 M66 1998 and online)  (See also Ebeling, Handbook of Indian foods and fibers of arid America (ref E78 W5 E34 1986)
  • Gill, Sam. Dictionary of Native American Mythology (ref E 98 R3 G46 1992)
  • Hirschfelder, Arlene. Encyclopedia of Native American Religions (ref E 98 R3 H73 2000)
  • Johansen, Bruce E. Praeger Handbook on Contemporary Issues in Native America (ref E 98 S67 J65 2007)
  • Johansen, Bruce E. Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues: An Encyclopedia (ref GF 50 J65 2003)
  • Fixico, Donald L. Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty (ref KF 8203.6 T74 2008)
  • American Indian Law Deskbook (ref KF 8205 A76 2004, suppl 2006)
  • Lester, Patrick D. Biographical Directory of Native American Painters (ref N 6536 L47 1995)
  • Wiget, Andrew Dictionary of Native American Literature (ref PM 155 D53 1994)
  • Witalic, Janet Native North American Literature (ref PM 155 N385 1994)
  • Langer, Howard J. American Indian Quotations (ref PN 6081.4 A43 1996)
  • Whitson, Kathy J. Native American Literatures: an encyclopedia of works, characters, authors, and themes (ref PS 153 I52 W47 1999)

Some Key Works on American Indians

  • In the Reference Collection
    • Harrington, John Peabody Papers (ref E 58 H37 1981 vols.1,2,3,9 and microfilm MF2411, vol.2 only) See also J.P. Harrington Database Project
    • Valory. Guide to Ethnological Documents of the Department and Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley (ref E 77 C35 and microfilm MF2641).  The Guide is also available online.
    • Heizer. Catalogue of the C. Hart Merriam Collection of Data Concerning California Indian Tribes and Other American Indians (ref E 77 H45 and microfilm MF2639 and MF2640). The Guides are also available online ( and
    • Bancroft Library A.L Kroeber Papers, 1869-1972 (ref E 77 C35 K7 1997 and microfilm MF2635). The Guide is also available online.
    • Schoolcraft, H. R. History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the U.S. 1851-1857 (ref E 77 S383 1969)
    • Swanton, John R. Indian Tribes of North America. 1952 (ref E 77 S94 1974). The California section is also online.
    • Cook, Sherburne. The Population of the California Indians (ref E 78 C15 C698 1976)
    • Johnston-Dodds, Kimberly. Early California Laws and Policies Related to California Indians (ref E 78 C15 J64 2002 and online). See also her website
    • Kroeber, Alfred. Handbook of the Indians of California. 1925 (ref E 78 C15 K78 1976) This is online at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.
    • Washburn, Wilcomb. The American Indian and the United States: A Documentary History (ref E 93 W27)
    • Indian Law Reporter. 1976- (ref KF 8201 A3 I5)
    • Indian Tribal Codes (ref KF 8203 I53 1980 and ref KF 8203 I53; ref microfiche MC 1731 and ref microfiche MC 1731; some also online)
  • In the Book or Documents Collections
    • Curtis, Edward S. The North American Indian c 1907. 1970 (E 77 C97 1970 and online)
    • Sebeok, Thomas. Native Languages of the Americas. 1977 (PM 108 N3)
    • Kappler's Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties (Docs I 1.107 and online)
    • Hodge, Frederick. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. (Docs SI 2.3 No. 30)
    • Johnson, Steven. Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1889. (Docs Abstracts KF8201 A1 J63 and online project)                                 


  • In the Reference Collection
    • Bibliography of Native North Americans on disc (ref E77 B53) This cd-rom index is a cumulation and expansion of Murdock's Ethnographic Bibliography of North America
    • Hoxie, Frederick E. Native Americans: An Annotated Bibliography (ref E 77 H68 1991)
    • Berman, Joan. Ethnography and Folklore of the Indians of Northwestern California: A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography (ref E 78 C15 B47)
    • Finding Guide for the California Indian Library Collections (ref E 78 C15 C2 1993 vol.1-8). The Bibliographies of Northern and Central California Indians are available online where the Preface chronicles the history of CILC.
    • Prucha, Francis Paul. A Bibliographical Guide to the History of Indian-White Relations in the United States (ref E 93 P9653)
    • Clements, William M. Native American Folklore, 1879-1979: An Annotated Bibliography (ref E 98 F6 C584)
    • Keeling, Richard North American Indian Music: A Guide to Published Sources and Selected Recordings (ref ML 128 F75 K44 1997)
    • Beam, Joan The Native American in Long Fiction (ref PS 374 I49 B43 1996 and 2003)
  • In the Book Collection
    • Dockstader, Frederick J. The American Indian in Graduate Studies: A Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations (E 58 D62 1973)
    • Webster, Kelly. Library Services to Indigenous Populations: Viewpoints & Resources (E97.8 L52 2005)
    • Lee, Dorothy Sara Native American Music and Oral Data: A Catalog of Sound Recordings, 1893-1976 (ML 156.2 I55)
    • Bibliography of Language Arts Materials for Native Americans: Bilingual, English as a Second Language Materials 1965-1974 (P 115 B5)
    • Bright, William. Bibliography of the Languages of Native California (PM 501 C2 B75)
    • Kelso, Dianne. Bibliography of North American Indian Mental Health (RC 451.5 I5 K44)
  • Online