Lisa Conathan

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Head of Special Collections

Sawyer Library
At Williams since 2016


B.A. Dartmouth College, Linguistics
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics
M.L.S. University of Maryland, Archives

Areas of Expertise

Archives, Linguistics, Language endangerment and revitalization, Native American languages

Scholarship/Creative Work

2022. “Legendo, scribendo, loquendo: Textual transmission of indigenous language documentation.” The Life Cycle of Language: Past, Present, and Future, edited by Darya Kavitskaya and Alan Yu. Clarendon Press: Oxford.

2021. “Supporting researchers of indigenous vernacular archives.” Indigenous Languages and the Promise of Archives, edited by Adrianna Link, Abigail Shelton, and Patrick Spero, 99-120. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2021. Tanaka, Kurtis (primary author) and others. “Teaching with primary sources: looking at the support needs of instructors.” Ithaka S+R. DOI:

2020. (With Anne Peale and Lori DuBois). “Teaching with primary sources at Williams College.” A summary report of the Ithaka S+R Teaching with Primary Sources Project. Williams Libraries. Retrieved from Unbound.

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists.

Rare Book and Manuscript Section, Association of College and Research Libraries.