Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

OI 22nd Annual Conference

Worcester, Massachusetts June 23–26, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

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8:00 a.m.
Registration opens
Alden Hall, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

All sessions are in the Higgins Labs Building.

Session 1—Transformations in Labor, Law, and Status: African and American Indian Enslavement in Colonial British North America

Room 116

Chair: Katherine Hermes, Central Connecticut State University

Nathan Braccio, University of Connecticut, “‘contrary, both to the law of God and the law of this country’: Indian Slavery, African Slavery, and Christianity in Seventeenth-Century New England”

D. Andrew Johnson, Rice University, “‘to better secure payment’: The Mortgaging of Enslaved Native Americans and Africans in Colonial South Carolina”

Tyler Jackson Rogers, Yale University, “Indigenous Women on Trial: Transformations of Indian Slavery in Colonial New England”

Nicole Topich, Harvard University, “Gender, Race, Labor, and Dispossession of the Gay Head Tribe through the Law”

Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University

Session 2—Ethnicity and Migration in the Early Mid-Atlantic

Room 114

Chair: Rosalind Beiler, University of Central Florida

Judith Ridner, Mississippi State University, “They Knew Them When They Saw Them: The Material Culture of Ethnic Identity in Early America”

Billy G. Smith, Montana State University, “Ethnicity and Tolerance in Early National Philadelphia”

Mairin Odle, University of Alabama, “Embodied Transformation: Tattooing, Religion, and Cultural Change in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania”

Comment: Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University

Session 3—The Visual Culture of Advertising Benevolence and Business in Early America

Room 154

Chair: Kathleen Franz, Smithsonian Institution

Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California, Davis, “Publicity and Public Sales”

Philippa Koch, University of Chicago, “Signets, Engravings, and a Tympanum: Images in Pietist Missions to Early America”

Amanda Moniz, National History Center of the American Historical Association, “‘Continually before the Eye’: The Power of Images in Eighteenth-Century Humanitarian Imaginations”

Comment: Carl Robert Keyes, Assumption College

Session 4—Native American Material Histories: New Approaches to Creating, Consuming, and Collecting

Room 218

Chair: Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University

Christine M. DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College, “Rethinking ‘Indian Curiosities’: Indigenous Material Circuits in and around Colonial and Transatlantic Museums”

Patricia E. Rubertone, Brown University, “Indigenous Production and Marketing: Rethinking Material Histories of Native Consumption”

Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University, “Transforming Linguistic Collection: Word Lists, Blanks, and Circulation In Native Space”

Comment: Scott Manning Stevens, Syracuse University


The following sessions all begin at 11:30. Lunch is provided. Advance registration is required.

THis Camp 1: Omeka training with Megan Brett, George Mason University, Room 116

THis Camp 2: TEI mark-up with Elizabeth Hopwood, Northeastern University, Room 154

Demonstration: Georgian Papers Programme archive with Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland, Jim Ambuske, University of Virginia, Oliver Urquhart Irvine, Royal Archives, and Patricia Methven, King’s College London, Room 218

A Case Study in Project Development: The Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads with Molly O’Hagan Hardy Room 114

With over 800 images and 300 mini-essays, the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads project at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) offers a unique and comprehensive view of the broadsides that Isaiah Thomas (1749–1831) collected in early nineteenth-century Boston. This project is the result of decades of research at the AAS and was originally conceived as a book. The three-volumes were to include images of the broadsides accompanying the scholarly prose on the ballads as a whole and on the content, both graphic and textual, of each broadside. AAS increasingly saw the potential for a dynamic digital project as cross indexing and interoperability available in a digital platform could only further elucidate the relationships, both material and contextual, among the broadsides. Since the launch of the site, AAS continues to enhance the content with an increasing number of TEI-encoded transcriptions and with musical recordings. AAS Digital Humanities Curator Molly O’Hagan Hardy will discuss the development of this project as one way to think beyond traditional monograph publishing for historical scholarship.

Session 5—Making Continental Selves: Travel, Identity, and the Nation in the Early United States

Room 114

Chair: Susan Imbarrato, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Christopher Minty, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, “‘A Long Journey Indeed’: John Adams’s American Revolution”

Robb K. Haberman, The Selected Papers of John Jay, Columbia University, “Bringing the Nation to New England: John Jay on the Eastern Circuit”

Will Mackintosh, University of Mary Washington, “The Road Undescribed: The Print Infrastructure of Early American Travel”

Comment: Daniel P. Kilbride, John Carroll University

Session 6—Canada and the Continental Dimensions of the American Revolution

Room 154

Chair: Allan Greer, McGill University

T. Cole Jones, Purdue University, “‘With that politeness & civility’: American Treatment of Canadian Prisoners, 1775–1776”

Jacqueline Reynoso, Cornell University, “‘A War of this Sort Constantly in View’: Anticipating a Second Canadian Campaign, 1776–1783”

Daniel S. Soucier, University of Maine, “‘In the midst of a frightful wilderness habit’d by ferocious animals of all sorts’: Navigating the Environment on the March to Quebec, 1775”

Comment: Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah

Session 7—Political and Communal Transformations in the Native World

Room 116

Chair: Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University

Patrick Lee Johnson, College of William and Mary, “Yamasee Materials and Metaphors: Politics and Community in the Colonial Southeast”

Noel E. Smyth, University of California Santa Cruz, “Negotiating Native American Survival: The Natchez of Four Holes Swamp in Colonial South Carolina, 1738–1753”

Andrew Sturtevant, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, “‘the real Proprietors’: Geographic and Political Autonomy at Native Detroit”

Comment: Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University

Session 8—Digitizing Early New England Religion

Room 218

Chair: Adrian Chastain Weimer, Providence College

James F. Cooper, Jr., Congregational Library, Boston, “Early Massachusetts Congregational Church Records and Native American Transformations”

Paul Grant-Costa, Yale University, “The Journals of the Reverend Joseph Fish: Insight into Two Southern New England Native Religious Communities”

Kenneth P. Minkema, Yale University, “The Jonathan Edwards Online Archive and Sources on Native American Missions”

Comment: Adrian Chastain Weimer, Providence College

Plenary: Work in the Northeast

Alden Hall, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Moderator: Willem Klooster, Clark University

Richard Bushman, Columbia University

Laurel Ulrich, Harvard University

Stephen Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston

C. S. Manegold, Mt. Holyoke College


Worcester Art Museum, Renaissance Court
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester

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