Yale Indian Pepers Project

January 20, 2015

The Yale Indian Papers Project has moved to the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. After several years conducting research from Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut, the Project’s full time staff of two editors, executive editor Paul Grant-Costa and assistant executive editor Tobias Glaza, have moved into an office on the quad to bring new energy and collaborators to their “mission to advance scholarship on the history and culture of New England Native Americans.”

The project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is supported by partnerships with a number of research institutions and Native American groups. Most of the papers date from 1630s to the 1860s, and the current phase of the project covers documents starting with the earliest papers to the American Revolution. Beginning in April, the team will expand their work to the papers from the Revolution to the Civil War.

From the heart wrenching to the mundane, and from the personal to the politically significant, YIPP research has revealed details about Native American life in New England that were nearly wiped from history. The records by, for, and about the native people of New England recorded in the papers and associated documents lend great depth to otherwise lost tribal heritage for researchers and tribal members. 

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As editors of the Yale Indian Papers Project (YIPP), Paul Grant-Costa and Tobias Glaza explore collections at museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies across New England and in the United Kingdom — some of which have been overlooked by scholars — to uncover original records related to New England Indian history, law, religion, culture, migration, race, and sovereignty.

Anyone with access to the Internet can view the hundreds of original documents, translations, biographies, and photographs on the project’s website, which has been hailed as a major boon in Native American research.

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Yale Indian Papers Project