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Collection I 036:

Society of American Indians papers on microfilm inventory

This guide describes the Center of Southwest Studies' user set of the microfilm collection of the records of the Society of American Indians.  It includes correspondence and archival records, papers, periodicals, and newspaper coverage of the Society.  See the accompanying 74-page printed guide in collection M 129.

This microfilm is available for use at the Center.  The 10 rolls of this collection are available for purchase from Scholarly Resources, Inc., Product #S1879, at $130.00 per roll.

 ©2004 by Fort Lewis College Foundation, Center of Southwest Studies account

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Introduction/ Scope and contents
Historical note
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Introduction/ Scope and contents

Society of American Indian papers on microfilm
Years: 1906-1946
Quantity: 10 rolls

This collection includes correspondence and archival records, papers, periodicals, and newspaper coverage of the Society of American Indians.  See the accompanying 74-page printed guide (located in the Center's manuscript collection M 129).

The publication was edited by John W. Larner, Jr., and was sponsored by the National Historical Publications Records Commission (the grant-funding arm of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration).  To quote the Scholarly Resources description of this collection, "The Papers of the Society of American Indians is a record of the organization, personalities, and accomplishments of the nation’s first modern Pan-Indian reform group.  One of only a handful of document collections generated by Indians themselves, it offers scholars an unusual perspective on the status and concerns of Native Americans in the early twentieth-century.  This collection comprises about 5,600 documents drawn from forty-five repositories across the country. Included are society correspondence, bylaws, position papers, publications, financial records, conference programs, claims, petitions, and press clippings.  The guide includes a history of the SAI and its papers, roll contents, and an index."

Related collections at the Center of Southwest Studies include microfilm collection I 035, the Indian Rights Association papers microfilm, 1864-1973 (162 rolls), and manuscript collection M 061, Indian Rights Association pamphlets.  Also, see the Theodore Hetzel Papers and the Theodore Hetzel Photograph Collection, both here at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies.  Mr. Hetzel was active with the IRA for many years.

Historical note

The Society of American Indians was the United States' first modern Pan-Indian reform group.


The Center of Southwest Studies purchased these rolls from the National Archives and Records Administration in 1993 via Scholarly Resources, Inc. (accession 1993:02005).

This inventory was prepared by Todd Ellison, Certified Archivist, November 2004.

Doing your own research: This description of a portion of the collections at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies is provided to inform interested parties about the nature and depth of the repository's collections.  It cannot serve as a substitute for a visit to the repository for those with substantial research interests in the collections.

This collection is located at the Center of Southwest Studies on the campus of Fort Lewis College.  These microfilms do not check out from the Center; you may find them available at other sources around the country; ours is just one of many copies.  Researchers wanting more information about using this material at the Delaney Southwest Research Library at the Center may email the archivist at archives@fortlewis.edu or click here to use our E-mail Reference Request Form (or phone the archivist at 970/247-7126).  The Center does not have a budget for outgoing long-distance phone calls to answer reference requests, so please email if you wish to receive a response from the Center.  To request reproductions/copies, click here for instructions.


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