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Native Peoples of Northern Great Plains Digital Images Database

The Native Peoples of Northern Great Plains Digital Images Database is an online searchable database of photographs, paintings, ledger drawings, documents, serigraphs, and stereographs from 1874 through the 1940's. The major tribes represented in this collection include the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Chippewa-Cree, Crow, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Salish (Flathead), Shoshone, and Sioux.

In 1998, a partnership between Montana State University Library and the Museum of the Rockies collected and digitized images from the library collections of three Montana State University campuses (Billings, Bozeman and Havre), plus the Museum of the Rockies and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.

In 2012, the database and user interface were upgraded to a scalable set of web 2.0 systems. The 2012 technical upgrade included:

  • Upgrading code to current 2012 LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP/Perl/Python) Standards
  • Migrating the original database schema to the Library of Congress's MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) schema for increased data sharing between academic, museum and library institutions
  • Enabling SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for increased world-wide-web accessibility
  • Enabling the GUI (Graphic User Interface) to accommodate mobile browser devices
  • We invite you to visit the new version of the Native Peoples of Northern Great Plains Digital Images Database website.