Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography Lecture by Michael Kelly

November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography

In October 1772, Samson Occom – a member of the Mohegan tribe in southeastern Connecticut – became the first Native American author to publish his own book: A Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul, An Indian (New Haven: T. & S. Green, 1772). Occom’s sermon was reprinted many times between 1772 and 1829, but no detailed bibliography of Occom’s publishing history yet exists. In this talk, Mike Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the Frost Library at Amherst College, will present his work in progress on the printing history of Occom’s sermon and demonstrate the ways that rigorous bibliographical work can illuminate issues well beyond the scope of descriptive bibliography.

As part of the Watts Program in the History and Culture of the Book, Mike Kelly and Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities Librarian at Dartmouth College, will also lead a hands-on workshop with several JCB editions of the sermon and other relevant works on Friday, November 3, from 3-5 pm at the JCB. 

This program is co-sponsored by Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown.