Early Publications in American Indian Languages

pictures of a raven, duck, book, star, quill pen and basket with the Creek (or Muskokee) names under them.

The Smithsonian Libraries has one of the premier Native North American language and linguistics collections in the world, resulting from the exceptional work of the Smithsonian Institution since its founding.  Many of the early printed texts are the works of missionaries in their endeavor to convert the indigenous people of North America to Christianity.  They are among the earliest books produced in New World languages north of Mexico.

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Cover of The Gospel according to Saint Luke

The Gospel according to Saint Luke

British and Foreign Bible Society
1894
Cover of The Gospel according to Saint Luke in Haida

The Gospel according to Saint Luke in Haida

British and Foreign Bible Society,; Church Missionary Society.
Cover of The Gospel according to St. John

The Gospel according to St. John

Hunter, James; Hunter, Jean Ross
Printed for the British and Foreign Bible Society
1876
Cover of The Gospel according to St. Mark

The Gospel according to St. Mark

British and Foreign Bible Society
1886
Cover of The Gospel according to St. Mark

The Gospel according to St. Mark

Hunter, James
Printed for the British and Foreign Bible Society
1876
Cover of The Gospel according to St. Matthew

The Gospel according to St. Matthew

Printed for the British and Foreign Bible Society
1890
Cover of The hand-book to Scripture truths; or, The way of salvation

The hand-book to Scripture truths; or, The way of salvation

Semmens, J.; Isbister, William; McDougall, John
Methodist Mission Rooms
1893
Cover of The Holy Gospels

The Holy Gospels

Onasakenrat, Joseph; British and Foreign Bible Society, Montreal.
Printed by J. Lovell & Son, for the British and Foreign Bible Society
1880
Cover of The king's highway

The king's highway

Newton, Richard; Hemans, Daniel Wright; Cook, Joseph Witherspoon
American Tract Soc
[n.d.]
Cover of The logic primer

The logic primer

Eliot, John; Eames, Wilberforce
The Burrows Brothers Company
1904
Cover of The New Testament

The New Testament

Kirkby, William West; British and Foreign Bible Society
British and Foreign Bible Society
1881l
Cover of The New Testament

The New Testament

British and Foreign Bible Society,; Gilbert & Rivington,
Cover of The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

American Bible Society
American Bible Society
1854
Cover of The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Wright, Alfred; Byington, Cyrus; American Bible Society
American Bible Society
1871
Cover of The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

McDonald, Archdeacon
Printed for the British and Foreign Bible Society
1886
Cover of The passion week manual

The passion week manual

G. Winter
1915
Cover of The ritual of the Methodist Church

The ritual of the Methodist Church

Methodist Church (Canada); Glass, E. B.; McDougall, J.
Methodist Missionary Society
1899
Cover of The shorter catechism with proof texts

The shorter catechism with proof texts

Chamberlin, Amory Nelson
s.n.]
1892
Cover of Tsiatak nihonon8entsiake onk8e on8e Akoiatonsera

Tsiatak nihonon8entsiake onk8e on8e Akoiatonsera

Cuoq, J. A.
Tehoristorarakon J. Lovell
1865
Cover of Ưbanumpa isht ưtta ưhleha hưt Westminsta ya̲ ai itưnahưt aiashưt katikisma ik falaio ikbi tok

Ưbanumpa isht ưtta ưhleha hưt Westminsta ya̲ ai itưnahưt aiashưt katikisma ik falaio ikbi tok

Westminster Assembly
Presbyterian Committee of Publication
[1894?]
Cover of Underretning for jordemødre i Grønland

Underretning for jordemødre i Grønland

Lerch, Surgeon
L. Kleins bogtrykkeri
1867
Cover of Vba anumpa Luk a na ponaklo holisso

Vba anumpa Luk a na ponaklo holisso

Wright, Alfred
S.W. Benedict
1852
Cover of Vba anumpa Mak a na ponaklo holisso

Vba anumpa Mak a na ponaklo holisso

Wright, Alfred
S.W. Benedict
1852
Cover of Vocabulary English-Wood Indian

Vocabulary English-Wood Indian

Canham, Thomas Henry, archdeacon of Yukon
Society for promoting Christian knowledge
1898
Cover of Wicoicage, Hdinanpapi, Lewi toope, qa Wicayawapi

Wicoicage, Hdinanpapi, Lewi toope, qa Wicayawapi

Williamson, Thomas S.
American Bible Society
1872
Cover of Woonspe itakihna

Woonspe itakihna

Renville, John B.; Riggs, Stephen Return; Mortimer, Favell Lee
American Tract Society
1889
Cover of Wowapi wakan ptecedan oyakapi kin

Wowapi wakan ptecedan oyakapi kin

Hunt, Jerome
Printed at the Indian Mission
1897
Cover of [Bible history

[Bible history

Gilmour, Richard; Durieu, Paul; Le Jeune, John Mary
s.n
1893?]
Cover of [Maltese cross] Catechisme, recueil de prieres et de cantiques à l'usage des sauvages d'Albany, (Baie-d'Hudson.)

[Maltese cross] Catechisme, recueil de prieres et de cantiques à l'usage des sauvages d'Albany, (Baie-d'Hudson.)

Laverlochère, Jean Nicolas; Garin, André Marie; Catholic Church.
Impr. de L. Perrault
1854
Cover of [The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

[The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Rand, Silas Tertius; British and Foreign Bible Society
Nova Scotia Printing Co
1875]
Cover of [The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

[The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ [Incomplete]

American Bible Society
[American Bible Society]
1881
Cover of Łu tel kaimintis kolinzuten kuitlt smiimii =

Łu tel kaimintis kolinzuten kuitlt smiimii =

Giorda, Joseph
St. Ignatius Print
1879

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