About This Project

Reclaiming Heritage is a joint project between Nipmuc scholars Lydia Curliss, D. Rae Gould, and Cheryll Toney Holley, and the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). The digitization of AAS collections materials and the presentation of those materials for this online exhibition were supported by a Lapidus Initiative Fellowship for Digital Collections from the Omohundro Institute, with matching funds from AAS.

Lydia Curliss is a PhD student in information studies at University of Maryland and formerly physical sciences, and Native American and Indigenous studies librarian at Brown University; D. Rae Gould is executive director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown University; Cheryll Toney Holley is sonksq of the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc.

Kimberly Toney (Nipmuc), AAS head of Readers’ Services and director of Indigenous initatives, wrote, researched, and designed the exhibition and coordinated AAS staff support for the project.

In addition, several other AAS staff members strengthened the project in numerous ways. Thanks are due to Dan Boudreau, assistant head of Readers’ Services; Maria Connors, library assistant; Nathan Fiske, photographer and media producer; Caroline Stoffel, online services librarian; and the online exhibitions working group. The project also owes thanks to Austin Alexander, who facilitated the digitization of printed materials; to Nia Holley (Nipmuc), of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation, who is transcribing several manuscript collections featured in this exhibition; and to Lisa Brooks and Christine DeLucia, who offered invaluable guidance and encouragement for the project.