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NEH Institute - Clemson University and Furman University

Institute Reading List

Reconstructing the Black Archive
2023 NEH Summer institute for Higher Education

All accepted participants will receive PDFs of the articles, short excerpts, and chapters at least six weeks before the Institute’s start date. The books should be available via most bookstores, and, of course, via our beloved libraries.

We reserved the right to alter this list, as necessary, but these texts will be the bulk of our shared readings.


Ashton, Susanna, and Rhondda R. Thomas, eds. “Septima Clark,” “Jane Edna Hunter,” “John Andrew Jackson,” and “Daniel Payne” in The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought: A Reader, (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013).

  Arroyo Ramírez, Elvia. “Radical Empathy in the Context of Suspended Grief: An Affective Web of Mutual Loss,” in “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice,” eds. Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez, JasmineJones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3

Fields-Black, Edda. ‘Combee’: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Black Freedom during the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023.

Fuentes, Marisa. Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Excerpts and Chapters TBA

Hecimovich, Gregg. The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative. New York: Ecco/HarperCollins, 2023.

Miles, Tiya. All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake. New York: Random House, 2021.

Sojoyner, Damien M. 2021. “You are Going to Get Us Killed: Fugitive Archival Practice and the Carceral State.” American Anthropologist, Vol. 0, No. 0: 1-13.

Thomas, Rhondda Robinson. Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community. 1st ed. University of Iowa Press, 2020. Print.

---. Call My Name: African Americans in Clemson University History. Internet resource.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. 1995. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Boston: Beacon Press.


Araujo, Ana L. “Weaving Collective Memory” in Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (New York: Bloomsbury, 2021), 13-37.

Barbash, Ilisa, Molly Rogers, and Deborah Willis, eds. To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes (The Peabody Museum Press/Aperture, 2020), 9-168, 279-446.

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum Virtual Tour, Accessed November 15, 2021,

“The Collection.” Black Money Exhibit, Accessed November 15, 2021,

Blight, David W. 2002. Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War. Amherst & Boston: University of Massachusetts Press. Excerpts and several chapters TBA

Eldridge, Elleanor, and Frances H. Green and Joycelyn Moody, eds. Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2013. Internet resource.

Farmer, Ashley. “Archiving While Black,” Black Perspectives, African American Intellectual History Society, June 18, 2018. Accessed November 15, 2021,

Foreman, P. Gabriel, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson. The Colored Convention Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Fulton, DoVeanna S, Reginald H. Pitts, Louisa Picquet, Mattie J. Jackson, and Cornelius W. Larison, eds. Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women's Oral Slave Narratives (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010).  Internet resource.

Gikandi, Simon. “Rethinking the Archive of Enslavement.” Early American Literature 50, no 1 (2015): 81-102.

Hartocollis, Anemona. “Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says.”, New York Times, 20 March 2019. Web. 20 November 2020.

Hartman, Saidiya V. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, 1st ed. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

---. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval, 2019. Print.

Harris, Leslie M. “Imperfect Archives and the Historical Imagination,” The Public Historian 36, no. 1 (February 2014): 77-80.

Horton, Lois E. Harriet Tubman and the Fight for Freedom: A Brief History with Documents, 2013. Print.  Excerpts and Chapters TBA

Jones, John. Confederate Currency, 2010,

Kytle, Ethan J, and Blain Roberts. Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of Confederacy (2018).

Lingold, Mary Caton. “Tena, Too, Sings America: Listening to an Enslaved Woman's Musical Memories of Africa.” C19 Podcast. Season 1 Episode 10. June, 18, 2018.

Megginson, W J.” African American Life in South Carolina's Upper Piedmont, 1780-1900 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006), Part 3 and Part 5. 

Millward, Jessica. Finding Charity's Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015).

Moody, Joycelyn, ed. A History of African American Autobiography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).  Excerpts and Chapters TBA

Morgan, Jennifer, “Archives and Histories of Racial Capitalism: An Afterword,” Social Text 33, no. 125 (205): 154.

Robinson, Kaniqua. “Saving the Black Child: Reform School and The Racialization of Juvenile Justice.” Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (2022).

Rusert, Britt “From Black Lit to Black Print: The Return of the Archive.” American Quarterly 68, no. 4 (December 2016): 993-1005.

Wilson, Harriet. Our Nig: Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman and Reginald Pitts (New York: Penguin, 2009).