About the Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains Collection
The Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains Collection includes photographs, paintings, ledger drawings, documents, serigraphs, and stereographs from 1874 through the 1940's. In 1998, the images were digitized and drawn from the library collections of three of the Montana State University campuses (Billings, Bozeman and Havre), the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.
The applicant partnership was between Montana State University Library and the Museum of the Rockies. The major tribes represented in this collection include the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Chippewa-Cree, Crow, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Salish (Flathead), Shoshone, and Sioux.
Since its original release in 1998, much of the world-wide-web technology changed. To continue hosting and maintaining the original Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains Collection, it was necessary to perform a full technical upgrade.
In 2012, the database and user interface were upgraded to a scalable set of web 2.0 systems. The technical upgrade provided long-term sustainable IT support and maintenance by the hosting institution (MSU Library at Bozeman), and it increased enduser web accessibility and usability.
The 2012 technical upgrade included: