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Mary Niall Mitchell: Workshop “Archival Challenges”

Mary Niall Mitchell: Workshop “Archival Challenges: Children, Slavery, and Nineteenth Century Visual Culture”

June 4, 2014

Humanities 1, Room 210

Event Info

Workshop: “Archival Challenges: Children, Slavery, and Nineteenth Century Visual Culture”
Wednesday, June 4 @ 9-11a.m.

Cultural Studies Colloquium: “The Slave Girl in the Archive: A Tale of Paper and Glass”
Wednesday June 4 @ 12:15-1:30p.m.

In her current project, Mary Niall Mitchell tells the story of a girl named Mary Botts, the first light-skinned formerly enslaved child to be
photographed for abolitionist purposes. Beginning with the deposit of the child’s daguerreotype portrait at the Massachusetts Historical
Society in 1921, she unspools the history of Mary’s family and their long efforts to be free from slavery. “The Slave Girl in the Archive” uses
this narrative to explore connections between the lives of enslaved people and the variety of documents and artifacts that contain traces of

Mary Niall Mitchell, author of Raising Freedom’s Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery (New York University Press, 2010), is
Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, Ethel & Herman Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, and Associate Professor at the
University of New Orleans.

This event is presented by the Working Group on the Study of Children (Research Cluster), with generous support from the Society for the History of Children and Youth, and the Center for Cultural Studies at UCSC.


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