Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching PlatformMain MenuIntroductionWill FentonUsing Digital PaxtonHistorical OverviewWill FentonDigital CollectionKeywordsEducationTranscriptionsPublic OutreachRedrawing HistoryRedrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America, a two-year project funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, connects Native American artists with the Library Company’s rich collections and far-reaching scholarly community. Partnering with artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), author Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), and the indigenous publisher Native Realities Press, the Library Company will publish a graphic novel that reinterprets the Paxton massacre from the perspective of the Conestoga. Dr. Will Fenton, will serve as creative director, connecting the creative team with an advisory board of scholars, local tribal leaders, and educational specialists, and making new archival records accessible via his digital humanities project, Digital Paxton. Published, printed, and distributed by Native American businesses, the graphic novel will include a curriculum to facilitate use in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. Original artwork will be exhibited at the Library Company together with the original collection items that inspired it. And a slate of public programs, including a colloquium and public readings, will engage local audiences; conference presentations will bring the project and its model to academic audiences.ContactCreditsThe Historical Society of Pennsylvania and The Library Company of Philadelphia
Message to the Delaware Indians - 1
12017-03-28T17:37:24-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c72001Friendly Association's message to the Delaware Indians2017-03-28T17:37:24-07:00Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians by Pacific Measures.HC11-24129 (manuscript collection 1250, AA4.4)The Friendly Association Papers (Vol. 4). Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College.Manuscript, 4 pages.41Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
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12017-03-28T17:39:58-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cFriendly Association's Message to the Delaware Indians, August 6, 1772Will Fenton2Friendly Association's message to the Delaware Indiansgallery2018-02-13T03:50:59-08:001772Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians by Pacific Measures.Call Number: HC11-24129 (manuscript collection 1250, AA4.4)Available in the "Philadelphia Yearly Meeting records (Vol. 4)" in the Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College.Haverford College Quaker and Special CollectionsWill Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
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12017-03-29T07:02:03-07:00A Template for Colonization3plain2017-03-29T08:51:16-07:00The Northwest Ordinance (1787) resolved the tension between democratic representation and westward colonization, in favor of both, but at the expense of native sovereignty. The territory was carved out of the trans-Appalachian west, including territories contested by the Paxtons. As those territories secured statehood, they were admitted with equal representation, on the same constitutional footing as the original colonies. By the same token, the Northwest Ordinance formalized the dispossession of native peoples residing in those territories and provided a template for subsequent colonization.
Following the Treaty of Paris and the end of the Seven Years’ War, the British government issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which largely affirmed the territorial boundaries of the Treaty of Easton (1758). This 1766 map reflects those boundaries, designating the trans-Appalachian west “Reserved for the Indians.”
Matthew Carey’s atlas illustrates how the territories northwest of the Ohio River were incorporated into the United States following the passage of the Northwest Ordinance. The grid is designed to facilitate the public and private sale of those lands.
Upon learning that the Delaware had set out to “settle in a Country very distant,” a Friendly Association writer fondly recollects their longstanding friendship. The letter ends with a promise of money for resettlement.
Your Friends in Philadelphia often remember the old friendship, which was established between your fathers & ours & hath been maintained between you & us at all times, and even when thick Clouds hung over our heads & it was so dark we could scarce see each other...hold fast the Chain of Friendship