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Native American Studies

A guide to UMSL Libraries resources relating to both historical and contemporary Native American studies.


This guide provides a brief introduction to Native American Studies resources from UMSL Libraries as well as suggestions for open web materials.  These resources include:

  • books
  • primary sources
  • journal article and newspaper databases
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Highlight: Little Shield Sketchbook

The Little Shield Sketchbook contains self-portraits drawn by Arapaho chieftan Little Shield in the 1860's.  These sketches are part of a small variety of materials held at the St. Louis Mercantile Library that offer a Native perspective.  They are currently on display at the Mercantile alongside additional artwork depicting Native American life, many from the 1800's, created by European-American artists.


Little Shield. Battles of Little Shield: War Chief of the Arrapohas, Drawn by Himself. 1860's. St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Battles of Little Shield Sketchbook PDF
Little Shield Sketchbook: UMSL Digital Library