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Locating the Cultural Materials of Manmade Species Extinction in UVA's Special Collections

Presenters Name: 
Abigail Harrell
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Primary Research Mentor: 
Adrienne Ghaly
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12:30 - 1:45
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The purpose of the study is to find cultural materials related to manmade/anthropogenic species extinction in the university’s archives not often categorized or recognized as such part of the history of extinction. The first phase of the research project is finding these materials in the Harrison-Small Special Collections Library. This was done through searching the University of Virginia’s Library catalog, Virgo, along with using the IUCN Red List as a reference for extinct and endangered animals, birds, plants and aquatic life. The second part of the research project is organizing these materials into categories and creating Special Collections exhibition on this topic for the university community and the wider public. The significance of the research is to discover archival materials that record processes of extinction such as consumption and the commodification of animals that are often difficult to see.