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Over the past few years, Princeton University has continued to improve their diverse set of online collections through a compelling digitization program. One of their largest collections is the Western Americana collection, which will be a rare treat for persons with an interest in the American West and its history, geography, and culture. The collection includes over 6,900 items culled from three unique collections. Perhaps the most intriguing sub-collection here is the "Sheldon Jackson Collection of Indian Photographs." Here visitors can view a wide range of photographs of Native Americans in both formal and informal settings, along with a mix of other images that document the material culture of various tribes. Visitors can search all of the collections, and some sample searches that are worthy of consideration include railroads, Dakota, and forts. Even a cursory glance through the collection may inspire a new piece of writing or a bit of mediation on American identity and the foibles of westward expansion in the 19th century.
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