International in scope, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center brings together the current and historical work of Indigenous authors across a multitude of disciplines. With an emphasis on language, government, education, tribal history, biography, religion and customs, the Labriola Center features thousands of books, journals, Native Nation newspapers and primary source materials, such as photographs, oral histories and manuscript collections.

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Fellowship opportunities

Learn more about the Labriola Center's two short term research fellowships: The American Indian History of the West Research Fellowship and The Race and Ethnicity Research Fellowship.

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Collections of note

Simon J. Ortiz Papers, 1946–1992

The writing, research and correspondence of Indigenous scholar, writer and poet Simon J. Ortiz, a major voice and leading figure in the history of Native American literature. The collection is arranged in 11 series—Writing, Journals, Correspondence, Projects, Pueblo of Acoma Work, Teaching, Research, Miscellaneous, Conferences, Audiovisual and Book Collection—with the bulk of material dating from 1960 to 1992.

Peterson Zah Collection, 1969–1994

The professional papers, correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs and audiovisual materials documenting the career of American politician Peterson Zah. Arranged in five series, the collection emphasizes Zah’s campaign and tenure as Chairman and later President of the Navajo Nation, between 1982 and 1990.

Work we're passionate about

Wilma Mankiller and Simon Ortiz from Mrs. Mankiller’s 2008 talk for The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series.

The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series

Featuring such voices as Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Peterson Zah (Navajo) and Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee), the annual speaker series, now more than a decade old, “seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and is applicable to all walks of life.”

Dr. David Martinez and Sarah Deer with the plaque for Ms. Deer’s win of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award.

Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award

Underscoring more than a decade’s worth of Indigenous research and activism, the Labriola Book Award annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of Indigenous scholars worldwide. Criteria for the award emphasizes that research be developed out of a meaningful relationship with the community on which it’s focused.

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Locations and hours

West campus
Fletcher Library, Room 305

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Tempe campus
Hayden Library, Level 2

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Access the Collection

The Labriola Open Stack / Circulating Collection is available for check-out at the Tempe and West campus locations.

Titles can be placed on hold and can be picked up at any ASU Library location.

To view noncirculating materials:

Please make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday at Hayden Library on the Tempe campus in the Wurzburger Reading Room (rm. 138) or at Fletcher Library on the West campus in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (rm. 305). Please check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.

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