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Claire Lavarreda

PhD in Public History

Claire Lavarreda is a PhD student (previously a Public History MA student) at Northeastern University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2021 with her BA in History & Social Sciences. Claire has worked in several archive-based internships, most recently interning for the Law Library of the Library of Congress this past summer, 2022. Last fall she also interned for the “Journal of The Plague Year,” a digital archive dedicated to rapid-response entries related to COVID-19, where she created an exhibit dedicated to the experiences of Northeastern’s Indigenous students during the pandemic. Overall, Claire’s research focuses on the nature of Indigenous record-keeping, and she aims to study how non-traditional archival material (such as wampum) can serve the same purpose as Eurocentric forms of archival material, such as written documents.

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Cohort: 2021

Research Interest: Archives, Native American nations, Indigenous American record-keeping, Language preservation, Tribal and non-tribal institutions

Fieldwork: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Archives & Special Collections digitization of the Helena Miller Collection

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