Plains Indian Museum Research

Horn spoon, Lakota. Dr. Robert L. Anderson Collection. NA.106.313

Spoon, Lakota (Sioux), Northern Plains 1881 – 1883, cow horn. Collected from Sitting Bull at Fort Randall, South Dakota. Dr. Robert L. Anderson Collection. NA.106.313

We are committed to advancing knowledge about the American West, and so encourage scholarship and research related to our collections. Plains Indian research with our Plains Indian Museum collections is available for legitimate study by responsible parties, including scholars, museum professionals, graduate students, and members of the general public with specific research needs. Decisions concerning direct access to the collection will consider the project’s potential contribution to the enrichment of knowledge, in balance with other commitments to public service and to preserving objects and their cultural integrity.

If you are interested in conducting research in one of our collections, you will be required to complete our Collections Use Agreement.

Arrangements for access to our collections must be approved by Emma Hansen, Senior Curator, Plains Indian Museum. A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required for access to the collections and/or collection information. Return completed forms to: Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414, or by e-mail to Rebecca West, Assistant Curator, Plains Indian Museum.

Researchers must comply with all museum policies and procedures.

If you are interested in pursuing your own research, see Guidelines for Researching Indian Artifacts. For information about some of the Plains Indian tribes in our region, please follow these links: