Past Event

Investigating the Archive: American Indian and Indigenous Studies at The Newberry

The Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer Collection is one of the strongest collections on American Indian and Indigenous Studies in the world. In the process of experiencing firsthand the varied Native American and Indigenous experiences and narratives in this archive, participants of this workshop will have a chance to examine the ways archives in the 21st century can transform, educate, and inspire us through diverse stories and experiences from the past and present.

The Library’s collection is an expression of how traditional archives can celebrate one way of knowing about the world, while potentially overlooking others. Nowadays, the Newberry seeks to illustrate the many layers of Native American and Indigenous experiences, as well as the painful legacies of colonialism, by investigating its own collections.

This workshop will be hosted at the Newberry Library by Dr. Kara Johnson, Director of Teacher Programs, Analú María López, Ayer Indigenous Studies Librarian, and Lisa Schoblasky, Instruction and Outreach Librarian. To attend, register below. Space is limited.

About The NEA Big Read

This event is a part of The NEA Big Read: Indigenous Stories, a series of free book groups celebrating contemporary Native writers. Book groups, events, and hands-on workshops are being held throughout the Chicago area from November 2022 to April 2023. Learn about other events and join a book group at