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Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below).

Collection Summary


This collection consists of 2 boxes of the papers of the Indian Industries League, 1893-1922.

Collection Description

This collection consists of the papers, records, and annual reports (1900-1902, 1904-1911) of the Indian Industries League of Boston, Mass., which sought to support and stimulate industries on reservations, enabling Native Americans to become self-supporting. Minutes, most of which were kept by Frances Sparhawk, reflect the League's involvement with other organizations and with various members of the Board of Indian Commissioners and also contain reports from field workers who facilitated Native American industries, especially work with the Acoma (pottery), Arapaho (beadwork), Cheyenne (beadwork), Laguna (pottery), Navajo (rugs, silverworking), Oneida (lace-making), Pima (basket-making), and Pueblo (pottery and textiles).

Minutes also describe agriculture; economic, health, and social conditions; government relations; and the work of Kate Barnard in recovering Oklahoma lands taken illegally from Oklahoma Native Americans. The collection contains reports from archaeologist Warren Moorehead and from League President John Lockwood on his trip to the Mission, Navajo, and Yuma reservations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Annie Fuller, Cambridge, Mass., March 1934.

Restrictions on Access

Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below).

Other Formats

This collection is available as color digital facsimiles.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Volumes, 1893-1922digital content

Note: Loose items are stored (physically) in separate folders but presented (digitally) within the sequence of the volume at their original location(s).

Box 1Folder 1Vol. 1digitized
Minutes, 1893-1898
Box 1Folder 2digitized
Loose items removed from vol. 1
Box 1Folder 3Vol. 2digitized
Records, 1898-1903
Box 1Folder 4
Loose items removed from vol. 2
Box 1Folder 5Vol. 3digitized
Records, 1904-1914
Box 1Folder 6
Loose items removed from vol. 3
Box 2Folder 7Vol. 4digitized
Records, 1915-1922
Box 2Folder 8
Loose items removed from vol. 4

II. Annual reports, 1900-1910digital content

Box 2Folder 9digitized
Box 2Folder 10digitized
Box 2Folder 11digitized
Box 2Folder 12digitized
Box 2Folder 13digitized
Box 2Folder 14digitized
Box 2Folder 15digitized
Box 2Folder 16digitized
Box 2Folder 17digitized
Box 2Folder 18digitized
Box 2Folder 19digitized

Preferred Citation

Indian Industries League papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.


Barnard, Kate, 1875-1930.
Lockwood, John S., -1920.
Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939.
Sparhawk, Frances C., 1847-1930.


United States--Board of Indian Commissioners.


Acoma Indians.
Arapaho Indians.
Cheyenne Indians.
Indian arts.
Indians of North America--Agriculture.
Indians of North America--California.
Indians of North America--Economic conditions.
Indians of North America--Government relations--1869-1934.
Laguna Indians.
Navajo Indians.
Oneida Indians.
Pima Indians.
Pueblo Indians.
Yuma Indians.