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Native American Politics Archival Research Workshop

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Native American Politics Archival Research Workshop

Call for Proposals | Apply by Dec. 20, 2019

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma has secured a small grant from the American Political Science Association to host at least five scholars for a two-day workshop to encourage deeper immersion into segments of our congressional and political archival collections related to Native American self-determination and Native American politics. The workshop will include ample time for research in the center’s archives and brief research presentations to receive feedback from other attendees. OU faculty, including Professor Lindsay Robertson, the Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law, and Professor Raymond Orr from the Department of Native American Studies, have agreed to participate in the workshop.

The grant will allow us to pay for travel expenses (up to $650), food and lodging for scholars attending the two-day event to be held in March 2020. Exact dates will be determined after attendees are chosen based on their schedules. Applicants are asked to provide a CV and description of their research project including a detailed list of archival materials chosen for research. Additionally, graduate students must include one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Thoughtful applications will include a list of proposed research materials at the series/box level rather than just a list of collections. Applicants should refer to the online search tool in preparing their applications.

All parties are encouraged to apply, although we have a preference for graduate students, early career faculty and Native American scholars. For more information, contact Mike Crespin, Carl Albert Center Director and Curator, or JA Pryse, Senior Archivist, at (405) 325-6372.

About the Center

The Carl Albert Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive centers for congressional studies in the country. The center’s archives house the most wide-ranging collection of political and congressional papers in the state of Oklahoma. The collections include the papers of 61 former members of Congress from across the country, along with the papers of 25 political leaders, congressional staffers, and journalists. These congressional and political collections encompass over 100 years of American history, with materials from the 1930s through the 1990s comprising the largest part of the collections. As a result, the center’s archives foster research on a broad range of topics.