Archives of Revolution: A Conference About How We Make the Past

Archives of Revolution poster with image of ship.

Archives of Revolution: A Conference About How We Make the Past will take place June 20-22, 2024 at The John Carter Brown Library.

A collaboration between the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts. The conference is chaired jointly by Emma Hart of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Sean Quimby of UPenn Libraries, and Karin Wulf of the JCB.

Program Summary

Thursday, June 20 

JCB and MCEAS logos


4:30 PMConference WelcomeEmma Hart, Sean Quimby, and Karin Wulf

Keynote:  “The Treasurer’s Tale: A Lost Account of War, White Supremacy, and Black Radicalism in the Haitian Revolution”      

Reception to follow Keynote Discussion.

Manuel Covo and Christopher Hodson

Friday, June 21

9:00 AMAMERICA 2026 Panel – Archives of Revolution on both sides of the Atlantic
10:45 AMMaking Institutional Archives 
1:30 PMArchives of Revolution, Slavery, and Enslaved Revolutionaries
3:15 PMBeyond Battles: Reconsidering the Military Archive of the American Revolution (Roundtable)
5:30 PMLocal Archives in Revolution

Saturday, June 22

9:00 AMHow Collectors Shape Archives 
10:45 AMThe Founders’ Archive(s) 
12:30 PMLunch-and-Learn, Digital Archives of Revolution
2:00 PMArchives Beyond Borders
3:45 PMArchives in Translation

A pdf of the full conference program is available below under Files.

Click here to view the original call for papers.

For more about Archives of Revolution, see the piece written by Professors Hart, Quimby, and Wulf: