The material in the collection was generated by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) between 2006 and 2007 as part of two grant programs, including an Alaska Humanities Forum (AHF) grant proposal entitled; Names: Keys to Our Past and Cultural Continuity, and a National Park Service (NPS) grant entitled Keys to Our Past and Cultural Continuity. These grants sought to document Tlingit clan names and their histories. The AHF grant maintained a focus on the voluntary participating Wrangell Kiks.ádi Clan. The grant interviewed Wrangell Kiks.ádi Clan individuals, such as Marge Byrd, to document clan names, as well as examined recordings already in the possession of SHI, such as recordings of Herbert Bradley, Esther Littlefield, Jane Campbell, and Matilda Paul. Although primarily Kiks.ádi names were documented through this effort, other names associated with the clans of Wrangell were also mentioned. The NPS grant primarily focused on researching published literature that documented clan names, researching some of the recordings held by SHI, and interviewing some individuals, such as Klawock elder Clara Peratrovich. Peratrovich spoke about the names of her clan, family, and names she knew.
This collection contains five three-ring binders with material from these grant project, including from the AHF research papers on the Wrangell Kiks.ádi Clan, transcribed interviews of Wrangell Kiks.ádi Clan interviews, original recordings on CD, and other papers relative to the AHF grant project. The NPS grant project materials are contained in two folders within a three-ring binder, which contains transcriptions of Clara Peratrovich articulations about names, charts/lists of clan names given by Peratrovich, and then general clan name research files.