Oberlin College and Conservatory

Hidden Histories: African American and Women’s Rights Scrapbooks

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Mudd Center, Seeley G. (Terrell Main Library), Room 050/Moffett
148 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Ellen Gruber Garvey, a  pioneer of print and archival studies,  has published two award-winning monographs, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance( Oxford, UP, 2013) and The Adman in the Parlor (Oxford UP, 1996), and numerous articles.

Her scholarship and pedagogy model ways of putting race and gender, print and other media, and  the print marketplace into play  to engage  a wide range of texts, from  readers’ scrapbooks and other archival material to published fiction.

Garvey’s many  accomplishments in Writing With Scissors include  the subject of her lecture at Oberlin: “[teasing] out narratives constructed by late 19-century African Americans and by women activists, whose scrapbooks create alternative histories by scissoring in negative images of themselves out of a hostile press and repositioning them  . . . . When shared . . . such scrapbooks [also] helped consolidate a sense of community. “ (Review, Reception, 2014).



Sponsored by the English Department.
Co-sponsored by Mudd Library, GSFS, and the Humanities and  Social Science Divisions.

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Academic, English

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Sandra Zagarell

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