A Company of These Women

Digital Methods and Silence in the Archives of Native Women's History

Maeve Kane

@MaeveKane | mkane2@albany.edu

Department of History

University at Albany

State University of New York



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1812 Pension Claim

Archival Absences

  • Michel Trouillot, Silencing the Past

  • Amy Den Ouden, "Locating the Cannibals: Conquest, North American Ethnohistory and the Threat of Objectivity"
  • Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam, "Digital Humanities as a Refuge from Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality/Disability"

  • Lauren Klein, "The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings"

  • Londa Schiebinger, "Agnotology and Exotic Abortifacients: The Cultural Production of Ignorance in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World"

Social Network Analysis

  • Betweenness Centrality

    • how often an individual appears on the shortest path between two other individuals

    • not only is an individual connected to others

    • but also does an individual facilitate connections between others

    • scaled logarithmically to account for extreme outliers

  • Documented connections ≠ all connections ("whole-network" vs partial network)

Albany Accounts



102 individuals

Ulster Accounts



162 individuals

Fort Hunter Church Register



992 individuals

War of 1812 Pension Claims



424 individuals

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@MaeveKane | mkane2@albany.edu