Collection News: November 2008
Although November was officially designated American Indian Heritage Month in 1990, the movement to set aside a month to recognize the unique contributions and cultures of the American Indians and Alaska Natives goes back more than 100 years.
The theme for this year's campus celebrationis “Indian Boarding Schools" and a number of events have been scheduled for the 15th Annual University of Arkansas Native American Symposium.
Want to learn more about the boarding school experience and its legacy? Check out these books from our collections:
To remain an Indian: lessons in democracy from a century of Native American education by K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa L. McCarty. New York: Teachers College Press, c2006. Main E97 .L66 2006.
American Indian education: a history by Jon Reyhner and Jeanne Eder. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, c2004. Main E97 .R49 2004.
Learning to write "Indian": the boarding-school experience and American Indian literature by Amelia V. Katanski. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, c2005. Main PS153.I52 K38 2005.
Assimilation's agent: my life as a superintendent in the Indian boarding school system by Edwin L. Chalcraft ; edited and with an introduction by Cary C. Collins. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2004. Main E97.65.N4 C43 2004.
Kill the Indian, save the man: the genocidal impact of American Indian residential schools by Ward Churchill. San Francisco: City Lights, c2004. Main E97 .C57 2004.
Education for extinction: American Indians and the boarding school experience, 1875-1928 by David Wallace Adams. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, c199. MainE97.5 .A35 1995.
You can investigate the history and achievements of the First Peoples with a number of library resources:
HRAF (Human Resources Area Files) has collected monographs, journal articles, and other publications on all aspects of cultural anthropology since the 1950s. HRAF's unique organization cross-tabulates cultures with cultural practices -- such as weddings, foodways, religious ceremonies, or other human activities. The growing eHRAF online collections contain over 300,000 pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social life with diverse topics ranging from religious beliefs, bringing up children, causes and cures of diseases, to economic and political behavior. Cultures included are mostly ethnic and indigenous groups from around the world. Native American cultures currently available in the collections include:
This unique digital collection draws together primary source materials from the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries on the cultural encounters in the European exploration of and United States expansion into of the North American continent. When complete the database will include more than 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. Search or browse for texts by geographic place, time period, type of encounter, ethnic group, or other criteria.
These two digital collections over the full text of congressional and executive documents from 1789 to about 1955 (when complete, the set will cover through 1980). An incredibly rich collection, with documents such as treaties, ethnographic histories, and more.
A new map search allows you to locate maps by geographic location, topic, personal name, issuing body, date of publication, or keyword. This growing collection already includes more than 30,000 maps dating from 1872-1913 and will eventually cover more than 100,000 maps published in the Serial Set through 1980.
Native American Newspaper Collections
The microfilm collection, Contemporary Newspapers of the North American Indian, offers more than 50 papers published in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The papers were published from 1947-1973, with most falling in the early 1970s. Prepared in cooperation with the American Indian Press Association, Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Free Library of the Museum of the American Indian, Bronx, N.Y. These newspapers can be found in InfoLinks, the library catalog, under the series title.
The Sequoyah Research Center - Native American Press Archives, a joint effort between the UALR Department of English and the UALR Library, collects and preserves Native American newspapers, manuscripts, and related materials. Indexes to the Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Advocate newspapers are available online, as are selected digital library exhibits. The site also features the ANPA Tribal Writers Digital Library, a growing collection of poetry, memoirs, historical works, and essays.
Other Microfilm & Digital Collections
Indian Pioneer History Collection. 40 reels of microfilm. Oklahoma City, Okla. : Indian Archives Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Microform Publications, 1978. PER-MFILM F699 .I53 1978.http://digital.libraries.ou.edu/whc/pioneer/
Like the WPA Slave Narratives, the Depression era “Old Settlers” or “Pioneers” projects interviewed early settlers in each state. Many of these interviews were never published, and are only available in the appropriate state repository as manuscript collections. Grant Foreman collected and edited these interviews from Oklahoma, which include many reminiscences of early state and territorial days. The University of Oklahoma has digitized most of this set; you can also search across all the interviews by keyword.
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties (Kappler)
A seven-volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII)
Indian Rights Association Papers, 1868-1901. Glen Rock, N.J. : Microfilming Corp. of America, 1975. 26 reels of microfilm. PER-MFILM E 93 .I41.
The Indian Rights Association (IRA) was organized in Philadelphia in 1882 to protect the interests and general welfare of Indians and to support government efforts to “civilize” Native Americans. These records include court cases, reservation visits, agent reports, health and welfare recommendations, and more.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Indian Committee. Indian Committee records : letters & misc. 1757-1900s. New York : Clearwater Pub. Co., 1977. 12 rolls of microfilm. PER-MFILM E 77 F74.
Most of the Committee work was with Indians in New York and Pennsylvania.
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Letters sent by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1882. 122 reels of microfilm PEF-MFILM E93 .U547 1963.
Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-81. 962 reels of microfilm PER- FILM 669. (Arkansas Superintendency is on reel 29).
Special Files of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1807-1901. 85 reels of microfilm (we have only reels 24 and 63). PER-MFILM E77 .U575.
Guides for both sets of letters can be found at the Periodicals Desk. Letters sent include instructions to agents and military matters. Letters received include reports and requisitions from agents, personal petitions, and disputes of all kinds.
The Special Files consist of correspondence, reports, accounts affidavits, and other records that were brought together for easier reference. We have reel 24, which includes negotiations with Cherokee Chief John Ross, 1861-66, and reel 63, which includes records relating to the Quapaw Agency, 1874-78.
United States. Superintendent for the Five Civilized Tribes. Report of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893/94-1919/20. 24 volumes on 3 rolls of microfilm. PER-MFILM E 78 .I5 U85 1981.
Includes: reports, investigations, legal decisions, regulations, and business contracts for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes. Reel guide is available at the Periodicals Desk.
The University Libraries created a display of selected books on the interactions between Europeans and Native Americans in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, an alternative commemoration marked on the traditional Columbus Day. Since 2005, the Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology has joined with other local and campus organizations to sponsor events commemorating indigenous peoples on October 12th.
The Omni Center has also funded the Nonviolent Peacemaking and Victims of Violence and Wars Collection, which includes almost 300 items including scholarly, popular, and primary sources. The collection is designed to raise awareness and inspire research about nonviolent peacemaking, victims of violence and wars, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters.
You can browse the complete list of available titles by search the subject Nonviolent Peacemaking and Victims of Violence and Wars in InfoLinks, the Libraries' online catalog.
Or, check out these recent selected titles:
Kisseloff, Jeff. Generation on fire : voices of protest from the 1960s : an oral history. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2007. Main E840.6 .K57 2007.
Marlowe, Jen. Darfur diaries : stories of survival. New York : Nation Books, 2006. Main DT159.6.D27 M37 2006.
Hunt, Scott A. The future of peace : on the front lines with the world's great peacemakers. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004. Main JZ5540 .H86 2004.
Smillie, Ian. The charity of nations : humanitarian action in a calculating world. Bloomfield, CT : Kumarian Press, 2004. Main HV553 .S57 2004.
Nojeim, Michael J. Gandhi and King : the power of nonviolent resistance. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004. Main HM1281 .N63 2004.
Unarmed heroes : the courage to go beyond violence : personal testimonies and essays on the peaceful resolution of conflict. Clairview, 2004. Main JZ5574 .U63 2004.