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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

Come, Let’s Dance — Native American Dance and Ceremony Paintings

SNRC will present “Come, Let’s Dance,” an exhibit of Native American dance and ceremony paintings from the SNRC’s art collections in the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Gallery, 26 July through 15 October, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Images of dancing, both social and sacred, makes up a large part of what is thought of as traditional Native American painting. While many of the works in this exhibit are in the traditional Studio Style, many are in other styles, embracing the full range of Native American artistic expression.

Updated 7.9.2013

SNRC receives $6400 grant for interns

Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the receipt of $6400 from the Bay and Paul Foundations of New York to support two intern positions for SNRC’s Native American Summer Internship Project for this year.

The internship project provides hands-on experience developing archival skills, research methodologies, and processes for providing access to archival materials related to Native American peoples. Interns are provided with on-campus student housing for two months and a stipend to meet expenses, including travel and meals.

Updated 6.18.2013

Native interns begin work

SNRC’s fourth class of Native summer interns have begun work. Elizabeth Fehr of Arkansas, Shannon Spears of Kentucky, and Rain Koepke of Kansas will be at SNRC through July, getting hands on experience in archival work and research.

Updated 6.21.2013

SNRC receives $20,000 grant

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council has awarded the Sequoyah National Research Center $20,000 to process and exhibit the Herschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection.

The collection of 1400 artifacts was donated to SNRC by Arlene Herschfelder and Paulette Molin in 2012 and consists of advertisements, sports memorabilia, toys, books, clothing, and other items depicting Native American stereotypes collected over a forty-year period.

The stereotypical depictions of American Indians over the history of the United States have ranged from the “noble savage,” to the “Indian princess,” to the “drunken Indian” and more but the end result of all has been one of dehumanization and marginalization. Ask any group of third grade students to draw a picture of an Indian, and most, if not all, will create a figure dressed in feathers, buckskin, and beads. Ask their teachers to name an Indian tribe, and most, if not all, will name Cherokee, Navajo, or Sioux. For most Americans, the expression “American Indian” conjures up a generic, stereotyped image. Unfortunately, many have not progressed much beyond their third grade concepts. The Hirschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection represents a major resource for teachers and others to draw on to talk about intolerance and racial stereotyping.

Updated 5.15.2013

SNRC assistant director receives award

SNRC’s assistant Director, Tony Rose, was awarded the 2013 UALR Staff Senate Award for Personal Growth based on his completion of his master of arts in public history and his scholarly publications. The honor included a $1000 bonus.

Updated 5.15.2013

Contemporary Art of the Osages

SNRC’s next exhibit will be “Contemporary Art of the Osages,” from 8 February through 29 March. The exhibit will be curated by Dr. J.W. Wiggins and will be in the J.W. Wiggins Gallery at SNRC. The exhibit will be open 8am to 5pm.

Updated 1.22.2013

SNRC welcomes archivist

Sequoyah National Research Center is delighted to welcome Erin Fehr as our new archivist. Ms. Fehr was previously employed at the Arkansas History Commission and was a intern at the SNRC in 2010.

Updated 11.21.2011
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