Uncategorized | September 06, 2005

Recently, the Multnomah County Library of Portland, Oregon, opened an archive of Native American literature, collections often overlooked, if not historically ignored. The John Wilson Room, Special Collections, “aims to collect all books published (historical and contemporary) of fiction, poetry, short stories and drama by American and Canadian Indian writers.” With over $60,000 in donations, Central Library, a branch of Multnomah, now houses just over 1,000 volumes published from 1930-1970, the years many call the renaissance of Native American literature. Jim Carmin, the founder of this collection, wants these rare items to be accessible, saying, ”Special collections have [an] elite aura about them, and I’ve been trying to create a more populist quality about our collection in general.”