Gerald Robert Vizenor papers
Scope and Contents
Included are drafts, notes, legal and financial records, and ephemera for Interior Landscapes, Blue Ravens, Treaty Shirts, Native Tributes, Native Provenance, and Satie on the Seine; Vizenor's research and writings related to the murder conviction of Thomas James White Hawk; and articles he contributed to the Minneapolis Tribune. The collection also contains papers and photographs documenting Vizenor's early life and family, including images of the White Earth Reservation; photographs of Indigenous activists, artists, writers, and students; and materials related to the Constitution of the White Earth Nation, of which Vizenor was a principal author.
- 1880 - 2020
- Majority of material found within 1960-2015
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 44-45, 47, 63, 102, and 124 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 46, 80, 85, 101, and 123 (digital media): Restricted Fragile. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.
Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, correspondence and writings can be found in all three groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.
Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
127.39 Linear Feet ((121 boxes) + 1 cold storage and 2 broadside)
Language of Materials
Gerald Robert Vizenor (1934-)
Vizenor was born in 1934, and is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1960, and is Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization, at or around the time of receipt by the library. Further description was carried out in 2011. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, titled according to month and year of acquisition.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This collection includes material formerly classed as: Uncat MSS 71, Uncat MSS 701, and Uncat MSS 1029.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- American fiction -- Indian authors
- American literature -- Indian authors
- American poetry -- Indian authors
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Electronic documents
- Indian literature -- United States
- Indians of North America -- Fiction
- Motion pictures (visual works)
- Native American literature
- Ojibwa Indians -- Fiction
- Poets -- United States -- 20th Century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Sound recordings
- Vizenor, Gerald Robert, 1934-
- White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians
- White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn.) -- Pictorial works
- White Hawk, Thomas James, 1948-
- Guide to the Gerald Robert Vizenor Papers
- by Beinecke staff, Brooke McManus
- 2007-05-16. Revised: November 2022.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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