The Ayer Ojibwa Collection
Two methods of searching are possible: retrieval based on keywords (e.g. beaded, awl, cotton) in the descriptions of objects, OR browsing by type of item (e.g. bandolier bags, tools and equipment, weapons).
About the Collection
Jeannette O. and Harry D. Ayer donated their large collection of Ojibwa arts and crafts to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1959. For many years, the Ayers acquired items made by members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa for their personal collection and for resale at their trading post. The collection contains many excellent examples of traditional Ojibwa objects such as bandolier bags, moccasins, belts and bands.
The objects from the Ayer Ojibwa Collection currently housed at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post represent a sample of the broad spectrum of items that will be available and are now accessible via the Society's library catalog. Each description contains a link to an image of the object.
The Ceremonial category includes objects associated with a number of American Indian activities that may or may not have other associations as well. In discussions with the Society's Indian Advisory Committee and through collections viewings by spiritual and sacred leaders, Curatorial staff has identified object types or categories that may be sacred or sensitive. These objects are not listed in the Society's library catalog, and physical access to them is restricted.
Photograph copies of the objects may be ordered by submitting a Photograph Order form to the Society's Collections Department. Permission and license to use photographic reproductions is granted via a Request for Permission form and may involve a use fee for commercial use. Please check the Artifact Collection price list for other available services as well as current pricing.