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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.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.