Native American and Indigenous Studies: Chapin Library Collections

Rare and unique locally-held resources concerned with Native Americans and their relationships with Williams College

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These materials may be used in the Archives/Chapin reading room in Sawyer Library, Room 441.

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Early European Reports of Native Peoples

Relations between Settlers and Native Peoples

Westward Expansion

As European settlement moved West in the United States, native peoples were assimilated, eradicated, or displaced. The literature of the westward movement in America is extensive, encompassing accounts of travelers, missionaries, exploring expeditions, and works promoting settlement and commerce.

Christian Missions

Among the settlers in America were those who sought to convert the native peoples to Christianity. Numerous publications in the Chapin Library document these activities, such as accounts of Jesuit missions in North America and the writings of Eleazar Wheelock on his charity school for Indians, originally in Lebanon, Connecticut (later Dartmouth College in New Hampshire). Religious texts were translated into many Native American languages.