Native American Languages Database

The Native American Languages Collection (NALC) contains both analog and digital sound and video recordings and print materials documenting over 175 Native North American languages. Researchers can discover our collections or search for materials in our archive and library by using our online database below.

Searching the catalog

Keyword searches on summary fields can be run from the Keyword Search tab. Searches can be run against more specific fields from the Search by Field tab. Once you choose your criteria and click Search, a list of search results will appear below. Click the down arrow to the left of each result to expand the object's record and retrieve additional information about the resource. You can use the Export button to create a downloadable Excel spreadsheet of your search results. If more than 1000 records meet your search criteria we show only the first 1000 records. However when you export you get all the records matching the criteria. Please note: We constantly add new data and correct records. If you see an error in our system or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us

Accessing the collections

Materials do not circulate out of our archive or library space, but may be viewed in the library on site at the Sam Noble Museum. Access is provided by scheduled appointment during regular hours of operation, M-F 8am-5pm. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 405-325-3332 or email us at language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu. Additional information can be found in the Policies section of the menu on the left side of this page.