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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indigenous Musics of North America

This guide serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous musics.

Introduction to Special Collections Materials

Special collections with rare or historical documents, sheet music, recordings, and ephemera can be excellent sources for your research. We are highlighting several collections on this page that you can browse here in person (in the case of the UIUC special collections materials) or online (in the case of digital collections at the bottom of the page).

Local Resources

The University Archives includes a rich collection of oral history records and other archival materials related to Native American history. If you want to consult them in person, check out the University of Illinois Archives' Plan a Visit page.

Digital Collections

The following digital collections provide access to primary source materials about American Indians, including films, letters, manuscripts, and photographs.

Free Online Collections

Below are several collections of primary source materials relating to Indigenous peoples in North America that have been digitized by archives, libraries, and museums and are freely available online.