The Miss Indian America archive contains materials pertaining to the Miss Indian America pageant held during All American
Indian Days in Sheridan, Wyoming from 1954 to 1984. This pageant was envisioned as an alternative to the Miss America pageant.
Contestants in both pageants were young, unmarried women who represented their land of orign. Miss America contestants represented
their home states and Miss Indian America contestants represented their tribe. The pageants were very similar and contestants
in both demonstrated their talents onstage. Miss Indian America contestants did not wear swimsuits but instead wore traditional
tribal dresses. The winner of the Miss Indian America pageant embarked on a speaking tour in order to gain awareness for a
charity of her choice and also met with the winner of the Miss America pageant. The Miss Indian America pageant was one of
the main events of the American Indian Days which celebrated tribal traditions and events over the course of three days.
2.5 Linear Feet
(5 boxes: 3 archival boxes and 2 flat boxes)
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not
an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission
or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted
to a digital use copy.