Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory Collection

This special archive—the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory Collection—features materials compiled in the 1950s by IU professor, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin. They served as documentation for land claims lawsuits under the Indian Claims Commissions (ICC). These materials cover history and land use of tribes and groups in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region from the 1600s until the late 1900s, and record the findings of the ICC.

This collection contains 469 linear feet of material and is available for use by researchers. To set up an appointment to use the archive please email An online finding aid is available through the Archives Online at IU.

Quick Facts

Public Hours

Monday through Friday 9-4:30
Weekends 1-4:30
Closed on major holidays and Indiana University breaks.


Admission is free


Contact Us

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

423 N. Fess Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-855-9544 (alternative 812-855-1240)
Fax: 812-855-1864
gbl [at]indiana [dot] edu