This research guide is designed to introduce researchers to the resources available on American Indian history in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina's Wilson Library. This guide does not include all of the materials on American Indians in North Carolina, but is intended to provide a starting point for research.
This guide is divided into two main sections- an introduction to general works on American Indians in North Carolina and an extensive listing of resources available on the eight tribes recognized by the state of North Carolina. The first section will be most useful to researchers beginning work on Native North Carolinians. It will also be useful for those looking for a survey of American Indians in the state, including important early accounts.
The second section is designed for students and scholars studying the history and culture of American Indians in North Carolina from the mid- 20th century through the present. The State of North Carolina, through its Commission of Indian Affairs, recognizes eight tribes in the state: the Coharie, based in Sampson and Harnett counties; the Eastern Band of Cherokee, in the far western section of the state; the Haliwa-Saponi, in Halifax and Warren counties; the Sappony of Person County; the Lumbee, in Robeson, Hoke, Scotland, and Cumberland counties; the Meherrin, in Bertie and Gate counties; the Waccamaw-Siouan, in Columbus and Bladen counties; and the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, in Orange and Alamance counties. This guide contains a list of materials in the North Carolina Collection on each tribe, including books, government reports, and journal and newspaper articles.