D'Arcy McNickle Center Exhibitions

Mary H. Eastman. Gathering Wild Rice.
Mary H. Eastman. Gathering Wild Rice, from the American Aboriginal Portfolio. 1853. Ayer 250.45 .E2 1853.

Newberry Exhibitions related to American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Ayer Art Digital Collection
This collection of images illuminates the expanse of visual material on American Indian history and culture found within the Library’s world-renowned Edward E. Ayer Collection. Of particular interest are Elbridge A. Burbank’s nineteenth-century portraits; George Catlin’s famous sketches from the mid-nineteenth century which are as renown for their ethnographic significance as they are for their artistic value; lithographs and drawings by Karl Bodmer; Frank Blackwell Mayer’s sketch books of the Sioux Indians; and William Alexander’s water-color landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. This digitized collection offers access to one of the most valuable repositories of American Indian history and culture.

Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico
This virtual exhibition is based on The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico, a display of original manuscripts, books, and other materials at the Newberry from September 28, 2006 through January 13, 2007. Ellen T. Baird and Cristián Roa-de-la-Carrera, both of the University of Illinois at Chicago, curated the exhibit. Drawing upon the Newberry Library’s remarkable Mexican holdings, this exhibition presents a wide range of religious, historical, and legal documents (including manuscripts, maps, and printed books) produced by, for, and about the Nahua. Funding for the web-based virtual exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Border Troubles in the War of 1812

While many of the War of 1812’s most familiar events took place far away from the Great Lakes, the war stretched through the United States’ northwestern territory to Fort Dearborn and beyond. This exhibition refocuses our attention on the conflict in the area then known as the West: firsthand accounts of warfare; territorial struggles between Indian nations and the United States; an East Coast print culture that romanticized wartime life in the Great Lakes region; and representations of the war in textbooks and other histories of the United States: January 5 to March 27, 2012.
Related Program: Border Troubles and Indian-AngloConflict in the War of 1812 Public Symposium

Indians of the Midwest: An Archive of Endurance

This exhibition features a wide variety of historically and culturally significant items from the Newberry's world-renowned collection of American Indian and Indigenous materials. These include maps denoting Indian communities in the region, rare books and manuscripts related to indigenous cultures from the early colonial period to the present, and a selection of visual materials depicting various aspects of American Indian life in the Midwest. Curated by Dr. Scott Stevens, Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies: November 2 to December 31, 2011.

Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present
Conceived and developed by the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present" multimedia educational website engages and informs a broad public audience about major issues in American Indian history and culture. Marrying the library's rich collections on Native American history with state-of-the art interactive web capabilities, the site contributes to the public discourse on contemporary issues involving American Indians— such as tribal sovereignty, hunting and fishing rights, casinos, treaties, museum collections, identity and stereotypes. These issues are discussed in the context of the history and cultures of the tribes in the Great Lakes region.

Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country
“Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country” presents a familiar subject in an unfamiliar setting. It is inspired by the bicentennial of the expedition of the Corps of Discovery, the three-year mission launched by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. A milestone in the history of American exploration, the journey was also a major event in the ten thousand-year history of Native peoples in North America. Based on an exhibition originally mounted at the Newberry Library, this virtual exhibition gives visual and textual context to this famous expedition while emphasizing the challenges and complexities that surrounded western expansion.

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