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Jennifer O’Neal

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  • Title: University Historian and Archivist
  • Additional Title: Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-1899
  • Office: 208 Knight Library
  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical Winter and Spring 2019
  • Affiliated Departments: Ethnic Studies, History, Native American Studies
  • Interests: Native American and Indigenous history; American West history; Decolonizing Methodologies; Cultural Heritage Archives; Traditional Knowledge Systems; Digitial Humanities


(in progress) PhD, History, Georgetown University
Master of Arts, Library and Information Science, University of Arizona
Master of Arts, History, Utah State University


I specialize in American West and Native American history, with a specific emphasis on decolonizing methodologies, social movements, and race relations. My research and teaching is dedicated to the intersections between the social and cultural contexts that marginalized or underrepresented communities are represented in history and the archive, with a specific focus on Native American history and American West history in the 19th and 20th century. Within the Honors College and Ethnic Studies, I've developed undergraduate courses engaging students in decolonizing pedagogy and community based-research with indigenous community course partners to document the often hidden histories of Oregon’s tribal communities. More broadly, my work is also dedicated to developing frameworks and guidelines for the post-custodial and collaborative stewardship of cultural heritage collections in partnership with source community members.


"'The Right to Know: Decolonizing Native American Archives," Journal of Western Archives 6, no. 1 (2015).

"Respect, Recognition, and Reciprocity: The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials," in Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the US and Canada, eds. Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi, 125-142. Sacramento: Litwin Press, 2014.

“Going Home: The Digital Return of Films at the National Museum of the American Indian,” Museum Anthropology Review 7, no. 1 (2013): 166-184.

“Cultural Stewardship at the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center,” Calicut University Folkloristics Journal, 2010.

Review of Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, and Lifeways, by Loriene Roy, Anjali Bhasin, and Sarah K. Arriaga. Journal of Archival Organization 11, no. 1-2 (2014): 127-28.