Indigenous Photograph Collection

The Indigenous Photograph Collection in Bruce Peel Special Collections profiles the lives of Indigenous peoples living in Western Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is one of the many print collections in the Peel library with photographs of Indigenous peoples, including the Gregory Javitch Native Peoples of the New World Collection (digitized, in part, for Gale’s Indigenous Peoples: North America database), the Miriam Green Ellis Archive, the Sam Steele Collection, the Prairie Ephemera Collection, and, partially available digitally through Peel's Prairie Provinces database: the Prairie Postcard Collection and the Magee Photograph Collection. Researchers looking for such materials can search the University of Alberta library catalogue by subject or by collection and can take advantage of online finding aids and partially-digitized collections. This collection will be featured in an exhibition opening in the spring of 2020 and approximately 275 photographs from this collection will be able to be viewed online (recto and verso) through the Peel’s Prairie Provinces database beginning in 2020. A significant proportion of the photographs in this collection are part of the Prairie Roots Collection, supported by the Prairie Roots Endowment Fund (gift of Ralph and Gay Young).

Collection Formats: 19th Century, 20th Century, Photographs, Postcards -- click to see other collections with this format