Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Welcome to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian's Online Catalog! Our collection features cultural artifacts, documents, manuscripts, books, journals, photographs, maps, and audio-visual materials relating to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.



Trail of Tears Research––More than 18,000 images of records, letters, diaries from 1830s and later pertaining to Trail of Tears. Many of these primary source documents were collected by Duane King when he conducted research to establish the route of the Trail of Tears National History Trail for the National Park Service. Funded by National Park Service and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Example: Type in "King Research Collection" treaty

Ray Kinsland Collection––More than 7,000 images from the Cherokee Boys Club and everything Cherokee 1960-present. Funded by Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Example: Type in "Kinsland Collection" OR "Kinsland Photograph Collection"

Documenting Endangered Languages––More than 2,000 images of Cherokee language materials collected from the Eastern Band 1887-1890 by James Mooney and others. Some in syllabary. Funded by National Endowment for the Humanities and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Example: Type in "Documenting Endangered Languages"

Cherokee Museum Photo Collection––More than 2000 images 1880-present. Example: Type in "Cherokee Museum Photo Collection"


USE: All digital materials may be used for personal and educational use only.

PUBLICATION: Contact the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for permission to publish any visual materials or use quotes of more than 150 words.

DUPLICATION: To obtain physical copies of pages, or to obtain high resolution photographs, contact Charges will apply.

GENEALOGY: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian does not research genealogy. Contact Qualla Public Library on Acquoni Road.

To make inquiries or to make an appointment to do research in the Reading Room:

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Boulevard
PO Box 1599
Cherokee, NC 28719