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Research Support

Marginalized Voices in Archives: Exploring Adam Matthew Digital Collections

February 26, 2021 at 2:00pm3:00pm EST

Falk Complex

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An online workshop for students, faculty, and researchers who have interest in learning more about the content of the Libraries’ online primary source collections. The session will highlight content from Adam Matthew Digital,  with a focus on locating documents authored by marginalized voices or critically framing their archival absence. The workshop is being organized in collaboration with Dr. Laura Blomvall from Adam Matthew Digital.

Attendees will be introduced to two indigenous-focused collections, comparing different practices of archival collection and their implications for researching indigenous history. American Indian Newspapers was developed in partnership with the Sequoyah National Research Center, the newspaper publishers, and multiple Tribal Councils, while American Indian Histories & Cultures was developed in partnership with the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Through exploring the collection Colonial America, attendees will learn about the handwritten text recognition tool available in several Adam Matthew collections as well as search strategies to reveal documents from marginalized voices within colonial-focused archives. Lastly, participants will receive an overview of literature, poetry, and creative works authored by marginalized voices available in several collections, including African American Communities, Early Modern England, and Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers.

To register or request access to the post-session recording, fill out the Registration form. A Zoom link will be emailed out to attendees the day before the session. For questions, please contact Rachel Fox Von Swearingen, Interim Collection Development and Analysis Librarian/Librarian for Music and Performing Arts, at

This event was published on February 12, 2021.

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