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The tribal archives serves as a central research center for those individuals who wish to study the four tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. The collection consists of primary and secondary documents, microfilm, microfiche, photographs, video, and audio tapes. These contain information from personal correspondence: Bureau of Indian Affairs files, and works of historians, ethnologists, anthropologists, and journalists. The tribal archives are accessible to all tribal members; however, an application is required by non-tribal members for use of these research materials. 


Colorado River Indian Tribes Library & Archives Application for use of Archival Material

Permission to Examine

The Colorado River Indian Tribes Administration Committee shall have the authority to grant, within discretion permission to qualified researchers, to examine manuscript materials upon completion of the application form, and agreement to abide by the following rules governing the use of manuscripts. Such permission may be granted subject to whatever restrictions may have been placed on the material by the donors or depositors, and by the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Tribal members will be granted access to the Tribal Archives without the Administrative Committee's permission, with the agreement to abide by the rules governing the use of the manuscripts. Tribal Staff personnel who are not tribal members whose work requires research, must submit a letter of recommendation by their supervisor before research can be permitted and are also required complying with the rules governing the use of the manuscripts

Protection of the Material 

A researcher is responsible for the safeguarding of any materials made available to him/her in the reading room. Researchers may not remove materials from the reading room for any purpose or rearrange the order in which they are delivered. Only note-taking paper and pencils are permitted in the reading room. Manuscripts may not be leaned on, written on, folded, or handled in any way likely to damage them. Eating and smoking are prohibited in the reading room. 

Permission to Publish

Permission to examine materials is not an authorization to publish them. A separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Colorado River Indian Tribes Council. Researchers who plan eventual publication of their work should make inquiry concerning overall restrictions on publications before beginning their research. If permission to publish is granted, the location of the cite material shall be indicate in the published work. A free copy of all publications which rely heavily on the collection in the Tribal Archives should be presented to the Tribal Archives as soon as the work is published.

Photo Duplication

The Tribal Archivist will consider all requests to reproduce written materials when such duplication can be done without injury to the materials and does not violate copyright restrictions. These copies are for researcher's personal reference use and material must not be further reproduced. Supplying a photocopy of materials is not an authorization to publish.

Photograph Collection

Written permission to reproduce or publish historic photographic images must be secured from the Colorado River Indian Tribes Administration Committee. When permission is granted it is for a one-time use only. 

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