The Museum’s online catalog includes more than 40,000 records listing all our holdings—archaeological collections, ethnological collections, historical artifacts, books, manuscripts, photos, maps, microfilm, digital libraries, and more.  These are catalogued in PastPerfect software.

Most of the Museum’s artifact records have digital photos attached.  Not all of the archival records have been digitized, although four digital libraries are currently online.


  • To access Trail of Tears materials, type  “King Research Collection” in the Search box.  This digital library include more than 30,000 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. Digitization was funded by a National Park Service Challenge Cost-Sharing Grant and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
  • To access the Ray Kinsland Collection, type  “Kinsland Collection”  and “Kinsland Photograph Collection” in the Search box. This includes more than 7,000 images from the Cherokee Boys Club as well as clippings, letters, articles, and events occurring in Cherokee, North Carolina, from about 1960-present.  Digitization of these materials was funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
  • To access Cherokee language materials from the Documenting Endangered Languages project, type “Documenting Endangered Languages” in the Search box. This collection includes more than 2,500 images of pages of Cherokee language materials collected from the Eastern Band 1887-1890 by James Mooney and others.  Some are written in syllabary.  Digitization was funded by National Endowment for the Humanities Documenting Endagered Languages Project and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
  • To access Cherokee photographs, type in “Cherokee Museum Photo Collection” in the Search box.  The Cherokee Museum Photo Collection includes more than 3000 images 1880-present.  Some come from the Smithsonian, and some are shared with the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University.