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Fehr presents at NAISA 2015

Erin Fehr, archivist of the Sequoyah National Research Center, presented “Selling Indians: Native American Stereotypes in Advertising and Collecting from the Hirschfelder-Molin Collection” on Thursday, June 4th at the 7th Annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference held in Washington, D.C. Her presentation was part of the paper session “Appropriation and Expressive Culture” with three other papers on stereotypes, considering the impact of three particular practices: 19th century prints, Native American flute, and Americana fashion.

Updated 6.8.2015

Sequoyah National Research Center seeks Project Archivist

The Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) seeks a skilled, innovative, and knowledgeable professional for a one-year temporary appointment as Project Archivist.With direction from the SNRC Archivist, the Project Archivist will be responsible for processing and creating finding aids for the Garrard Ardeneum Collection, a large collection of mixed formats (100 cubic feet). This is a full-time, grant-funded, one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2015.

The Project Archivist employs archival standards and best practices to survey, arrange, describe and preserve this collection. The Project Archivist is responsible for creating DACS-compliant finding aids for this collection in CuadraSTAR.

During the course of the year, the Project Archivist will work together with the SNRC Archivist and a graduate intern from the UALR’s Public History Program.


  • Surveys Garrard Ardeneum Collection and plans a processing strategy with SNRC Archivist.
  • Arranges, describes, preserves and makes accessible the Garrard Ardeneum Colleciton according to archival standards and best practices.
  • Creates catalog record and detailed finding aid for collection using CuadraSTAR according to Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).


  • Demonstrated experience working with manuscripts, photographs, and other material in a special collections and archives environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with preservation standards and procedures for archival materials.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.


  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution with emphasis in archival studies.
  • At least one year of professional archival processing experience.


  • Experience with CuadraSTAR.
  • Demonstrated experience processing a large collection.
  • Demonstrated work experience in American Indian/Alaska Native archives and special collections.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of three references to Erin Fehr at or Dr. Daniel Littlefield at Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2015.

Updated 5.21.2015

SNRC awarded $56k ANCRC grant

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) was awarded a $56,000 grant by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to process the Garrard Ardeneum Collection and to hire a project archivist. The grant will fund the purchase of needed archival supplies and the hiring of a temporary one-year archivist.

The Garrard Ardeneum Collection was donated by Francine Locke Bray of Antlers, Oklahoma, on behalf of the Garrard Ardeneum in McAlester, Oklahoma. The collection is 100 cubic feet of material amassed by Allece Locke (Mrs. Tom) Garrard (1909-1999), a descendant of two well-known Native families. Her father was Benjamin Davis Locke, Choctaw soldier and writer, whose brother Victor was not only chief of the Choctaws in Oklahoma (1911-1918) but Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes.  Allece’s mother was Eleanor Davis, the daughter of Alice Brown Davis, the first female chief of the Seminoles (1923).

Allece was involved in all areas of Oklahoma society, including politics, philanthropy, and the arts. The collection reflects her endeavors, including records on company and personal finances, social and political organizations, photographs, personal correspondence, genealogy and history.

UALR’s Sequoyah National Research Center is dedicated to the collection and preservation of all forms of Native American expression. Located on the southern end of the UALR campus in University Plaza, SNRC has served as an archive for Native Americans since 1983.

Updated 5.20.2015

Littlefield to lecture at US Marshals Museum

SNRC Director Dr. Daniel Littlefield has been invited to speak in the US Marshals Museum Guest Lecture Series: Frontier Marshals. Littlefield’s lecture will focus on the Trail of Tears and how this series of forced relocations led to the increase of federal law enforcement in the Western District of Arkansas, and federal jurisdiction in Indian Territory.

The lecture will take place Monday, May 4, 2015, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at The Blue Lion, 101 North 2nd, Fort Smith.

For more information, contact Leslie Higgins at 479-709-3766 or To buy tickets, visit

Updated 4.29.2015

Poetry Reading to feature Native Authors

The Sequoyah National Research Center is sponsoring “A Reading by Poets, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Casandra Lopez” along with the Departments of English and Rhetoric & Writing in association with The Arkansas Literary Festival’s Writers in The Schools Initiative.

The reading will take place Friday, April 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the Sequoyah National Research Center located at 500 University Plaza (5820 Asher Avenue).

Hedge Coke is an award-winning author with several published poetry collections and her memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. She most recently served as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat.

Lopez is the 2013 Native Writers Chapbook Award Winner for Where Bullet Breaks and a Canto Mundo Fellow. She is a founding editor of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.

For more information, contact Professor Nickole Brown at

Updated 4.14.2015

SNRC to participate in 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week

The Sequoyah National Research Center along with the Quapaw Nation are sponsoring a day of events on Monday, April 13th — Native Americans: Who We Are – Past, Present, Future for the 1st Annual UALR Diversity Week. Events include the following:

  1. Cherokee Stickball (12:30 pm, West Hall/ Trojan Grill field)
    Play and learn about the traditional game of Cherokee Stickball
  2. Inaugural speaker and Distinguished Guest: Chairman John Berrey, Quapaw Tribe (1:45 pm, EIT Auditorium)
    Native Americans: Who We Are program
  3. Dance, sing, and talk with members of the NSU Native American Student Association, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (2:15 pm, EIT Auditorium)
  4. Watch the film The Cherokee Word for Water (3:15 pm, EIT Auditorium–Movie matinee with snacks)
    Set in the 1980’s Wilma Mankiller helps move a Cherokee community to rebuild through traditional Native values of reciprocity and interdependence.

Additionally, SNRC will be hosting guided tours of the Center at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm. Trojan Shuttles will be available at the DSC: 8:45 am, 10:45 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:45 pm.

For a full schedule of Diversity Week events, visit

Updated 4.9.2015

SNRC receives $18,000 grant

SNRC has received a grant of $18,000 from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to be used for conservation and framing of artworks in the Center’s J.T. Moncravie Osage History and Culture Collection.

SNRC staff identified three pieces in need of conservation work and selected 70 pieces for framing and archival matting from the 143 pieces of art by Osage artists in the Moncravie Collection.

Moncravie, a member of the Osage Nation and a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died in May of 2013 after working for over two years with SNRC to establish a center for research in Osage history and culture. In addition to artworks, the Moncravie Collection includes books, photographs, and thousands of documents related to Osage family history.

Updated 5.13.2014

Archival collection opening at SNRC

SNRC officially opened the James W. and Sallie E. Frazier Collection on 24 April.

The Frazier Collection is a treasure-trove of original source documents related to Gideon Morgan, a prominent Cherokee politician in Indian Territory and the early days of Oklahoma statehood, and his extended family and related families. The documents range from 1811 to 2010, with Cherokee land allotment and citizenship records; personal letters on politics and family life; business records related to slavery, steamships, hotels, real estate, and publishing; records of teaching and education organizations, and journals; coming from Tennessee, Arkansas, Indian Territory, and Oklahoma. Associated with the documents are hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings, advertising, and other printed matter ephemera. The families represented included the Morgans, Bells, Yeatmans, Erwins, Staplers, and Ivies. The collection includes over 20 cubic feet of documents as well as artifacts (including a Civil War era trunk, portraits, furniture, and basketry).

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier attended the opening reception and Mrs. Frazier spoke, relating the history of the collection and how it was assembled.

Updated 5.13.2014

“Art from above the Arctic Circle” exhibit

“Art from above the Arctic Circle,” in SNRC’s J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Gallery, will run 21 March through 16 May.

The exhibit features prints, drawings, carvings, and fabric pieces by Inuit artists, drawn from SNRC’s art collections.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:00amam to 5:00pm.

Updated 5.16.2014

SNRC staff to speak at park

SNRC Director Daniel Littlefield and Assistant Director Tony Rose will be speaking on Saturday, 13 July at Conway’s Cadron Settlement Park on Indians and the settlement of early Arkansas.

Updated 7.12.2013
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