Poster Art and Native American Displays

Charley Harper Poster
Seth Eastman Illustration

Two displays at the Central Library highlight the art of Charley Harper and Native American artifacts and documents.

An eye-catching display of posters from the Federal Documents collection are featured behind the new Information Desk in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library. These posters highlight the art of Charley Harper, American Modernist (1922-2007). Harper was commissioned to illustrate a series of ten posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, each showcasing one national park, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to the Atlantic Barrier Islands. These national park posters, created in the late 1980s to the early 1990s, are large and colorful, with bold renderings of the unique features of each location. His focus in this poster series was the biodiversity of each highlighted park. Also on display are numerous government documents on national parks with many available for checkout.

Have you ever wanted to be an eyewitness to history? Start by reading the recollections of ethnological researcher Henry Schoolcraft on the Indian tribes of the United States from his 1851 expeditions. Schoolcraft’s Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States (non-circulating item for use at Central only) was published between 1851-1857 and contains valuable content and amazing illustrations by Seth Eastman. Maybe you have an interest in looking through the comprehensive text of tribal laws and treaties? Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties by Charles Kappler is the definitive work. If either of these intrigue you, then a trip to the Library to view the current display in Schlessman Hall is a must see. Highlighting federal documents relating to Native Americans is the focus of this display. The exhibit showcases the wealth of primary source materials from the Library's documents collection, but also displays a number of circulating materials as well. In addition, there are Indian rugs from a private collection as well as old and beautiful pieces of pottery and an interesting early Kachina from the Library’s Western History collection.

These displays will run through the end of August.

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