This case study examines an experiment in archival practice and mentorship undertaken at the University of Oklahoma (OU) during the spring semester of 2019. The project concerned the inventory of an important privately held archive in American Indian history. The case study describes the process and documentation involved in an institution assuming temporary custody of a private collection, including legal and ethical considerations of temporary custody, and explores the mentorship relationship among group of interdisciplinary faculty and students, as well as the products, both archival and non-archival, that resulted form this collaborative effort.

Author Biography

Dr. Ben Keppel is a professor in the department of history at the University of Oklahoma, and oversees that department's internship program. Dr. Dolores Subia BigFoot is the spouse of Cheyenne chief John L. Sipe; she is a child psychologist by training, and is a Presidential Professor who directs the Indian Country Child Trauma Center within the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Bridget J. Burke is the former Associate University Librarian for Special Collections in the University of Oklahoma Libraries, and now works in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Tamah Minnis (Meskwaki/Sac & Fox) (OU 2019) and Kasimir Mackey (OU 2020) served as interns on the John L. Sipe Project.

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