To promote diversity and educate the student body and staff members at Texas A&M University, Laura Sare created a display featuring Native American historical documents in the campus’s Sterling C. Evans Library Annex.
“I create a display every semester to showcase government information resources from our Federal Depository collection,” Sare, government information librarian for Texas A&M, said. “I had two goals in creating this display, first to help promote diversity on campus and second, to make students, staff, and faculty here at Texas A&M University aware of government information on Native Americans.”
The display includes tribal constitutions for the Shawnee and Pawnee tribes of Oklahoma, an Osage language dictionary and a number of Bureau of American Ethnography bulletins. The bulletins are “publications of research on the history, culture, customs and religions of American Indians that were published in the late 19th and early 20th century by the Smithsonian Institution,” Sare said. Some examples of ones on display at the library include one on Teton Sioux music and one on Chippewa customs.
The display will be available through mid-September at Texas A&M. Sare said history majors will likely find the display the most useful, though she did “have a couple of staff members comment on some of the documents we have displayed; they found the tribal constitutions interesting.”
For an online and more current resource, Texas A&M offers this online guide of mostly government links for Native American research.