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Scrap, Excerpt, List: Making Indigenous Archives

Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Friday, February 5
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Champaign Public Library and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library as we explore the archives of Indigenous groups from the Great Lakes region.

Across the nineteenth-century, Indigenous people extracted and juxtaposed printed and manuscript materials by assembling them within their own albums, scrapbooks, and even printed texts. These textual archives were experiments in translation, combination, and recirculation. They illuminate the many uses to which Indigenous people—both well-known writers and those all but absent from histories of the book and of literature—put textual material, while also providing insight into surprising histories of reading and use across the Great Lakes.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Cait Coker is the co-Editor of the Women in Book History Bibliography, author of numerous essays on the history of genre, popular culture, and women in publishing. 

Dr. Kelly Wisecup is an associate professor of English and affiliate of the Center for Native American & Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching focus on Native American literatures and archives, including several recent digital community archive projects, the American Indian Center Community Archives and the NAES College Digital Library Project.

In partnership with the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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