Bringing Research on New England Native Communities into the 21st Century

In celebration of Connecticut Archives Month, Tobias Glaza and Paul Grant-Costa discussed the Yale Indian Papers Project at the Connecticut State Library. The Yale Indian Papers Project ( is a robust virtual collection of New England Native American primary source materials gathered, from partner institutions in the U.S. and the U.K., into a scholarly critical edition.

By providing images, annotated transcriptions, and other editorial interventions, the Project offers students, educators, researchers, Native American tribal members, and the general public, visual and intellectual access to significant historical knowledge for the purposes of teaching, scholarly analysis, and research.  

About the Presenters:  

Paul J. Grant-Costa, Ph.D., J.D., is Executive Editor and Director of The Yale Indian Papers Project. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics (UConn), a J.D. (UConn Law), and a Ph.D. in American Studies (Yale).  Paul’s research interests are Native communities in southeastern New England, the Native Atlantic World, Colonial America, Native American/Black relations, and federal recognition of Native tribes.  His recent publications include the introductory chapter to Lucianne Lavin’s Connecticut Indigenous Peoples (Yale University Press, 2013).

 Tobias Glaza is a former Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Land Management coordinator for the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. Tobias holds a M.A. in Ethnobotany from Connecticut College. In addition to his more recent work with Connecticut Native people, he has worked for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and on a variety of projects in New England.

This talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime Speaker series.  This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut History.  All programs are free and open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.