Freebie Friday: Native American Photos from the Library of Congress

It’s Friday and here’s your Freebie Friday weekly resource from 7 Generation Games.

Did you know that the Library of Congress is an excellent resource for Native American research and information? Many of these resources are now available in a digitized format, including an extensive number of photos.

You can search the LOC’s prints and photographs online catalogue to access these historical images. The URL for the site is:

On this page, we have also compiled LOC image lots that directly depict 19th and early 20th century Dakota people and life. (Please note: This is not an all-inclusive list, and the Library of Congress has additional lots on the subject.)

In searching for additional resources, you can also search by keywords (i.e. Sitting Bull, travois, Ghost Dance) and/or tribe names. (Tip: The Library of Congress uses a single spelling for each tribe, for example, the spelling Ojibwa is used instead of Ojibwe for search. If a tribe you are searching does not yield any results, see if there are any alternate spellings you can try.)

Not all lots and/or all photos in a lot are yet digitally available, but most lots have at least some of their photos available online. Here is an example of one of the photos of Little Hawk –Brulé.

Source: Library of Congress

Little Hawk–Brulé

  • Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b30179
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-83597 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Sioux (Dakota, Lakota and Nakota)-Library of Congress Lots of Historical Images With Lot Descriptions Listed Below:

LOT 3076
Title: Grabill photographs of frontier life in South Dakota and Wyoming
Date Created/Published: c1887-c1892.

LOT 3328
7 Generation Games has additional photos from this lot available here.
Title: Sioux Reservation Life in South Dakota
Date Created/Published: 1889, c1893-c1911.

LOT 7106
Title: Indian prisoners of war, Fort Randall, Dakota Territory
Date Created/Published: c1882.

LOT 9135
Title: Views of Montana
Date Created/Published: 1898-1914.

LOT 10426
Title: Ft. Meade, South Dakota
Date Created/Published: 1897.

LOT 11651
Title: Richard Throssel (Cree) images
Date Created/Published: c1903-c1907.

LOT 12319
7 Generation Games has additional photos from this lot available here.
Title: Sioux Indian tribes of North and South Dakota
Date Created/Published: c1905-c1908.

LOT 12321
Title: Siouan tribes and Arikara Indians of North and South Dakota
Date Created/Published: c1908.

LOT 12841
Title: Portraits of Indians attending the Indian Congress of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition
Date Created/Published: c1898.

LOT 12887
Title: Dakota Indian portraits and scenes
Date Created/Published: c1880-1910.

LOT 12921
Title: Native American life in the Plains region
Date Created/Published: 1870-c1940.

LOT 12961
Title: Winnebago, Omaha, Iowa, Sioux, Chippewa (Ojibwa), Pawnee, and Arikara portraits and camp scenes
Date Created/Published: 1865-1880.

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