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Ojibwe Family History Research: Images

Searching for Images

Search for images and artifacts at MNHS using our Collections Online system. Then filter the results using the options in the system's left-hand column.   

You may want to try specific terms like an individual's name, family name, or the name of a specific building or location.

When searching the collections database for general terms the spelling “Ojibway” is most common, followed by “Ojibwe” then “Ojibwa,” many photographs can also be found by searching “Chippewa.”

When searching for an Ojibwe individual try all spelling variations of the name. Try the name in Ojibwe and in English. Also try the name as one word, as separate words, and with Ojibwe syllables hyphenated. 
Example: Ne bah quah om, Nebahquahom,
Ne-bah-quah-om, Big Dog

Photograph Collections

Bishop Henry B. Whipple Indian Photograph Collection
This collection consists primarily of views of American Indians from the Midwestern United States. Many are identified portraits. Minnesota views include people and buildings on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Many of the views document the Episcopal ministry at these locations.  
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Scenes from White Earth Indian Reservation and Surrounding Area by Robert Beaulieu, Photographer
Images in this collection depict various scenes in and around the White Earth Indian Reservation and Rat Lake, Minnesota. Views include buildings such as schools, the Catholic and Episcopal churches, stores, the hospital, and Agency buildings. Activities shown include logging, sugaring, and the June 14th Reservation Day celebration. Scenes of individuals and groups show scenes of White Earth pioneers, the police force, church congregations, order of Sisters, and members of the Ojibwe Nation. 
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

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