Since 2006, large and small teams of GRASAC researchers have had the privilege of travelling to study thousands of wonderful Great Lakes items, belongings and beings at a number of cultural repositories around the world. Below is a list of some of the institutions GRASAC research teams have visited. We are grateful to all of the wonderful staff members at these institutions who have facilitated these research trips!


Naomi Recollet, Crystal Migwans, Lance Heidig, David Penney, and Heidi Bohaker examine an 18th-century Treaty in the Cornell University Rare Books and Manuscript Collections (2016).

Archives of Ontario Toronto, Canada
Centre for Kentish Studies Kent, United Kingdom
Detroit Public Library Detroit, United States
Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Canada
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Washington, United States
National Archives and Records Administration Maryland, United States
New York State Archives Buffalo, United States
United Church Archives Toronto, Canada
The National Archives, Public Record Office Richmond, United Kingdom

Detail of Delaware Peace Treaty, signed at Johnson House, 1765. Dodems and seals of Turtle Heart Als. Agasqua and Weeweenoaghwah. Cornell University Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection.

Cultural Centres & Art Galleries

GRASAC Research team at the Detroit Institute of Arts: Darlene Johnston, Alan Corbiere, David Penney, Adriana Greci Green, Crystal Migwans (2011).

Akwesasne Cultural Centre Hogansburg, United States
Blair Castle Perthshire, United Kingdom
Curve Lake Cultural Centre Curve Lake First Nation, Canada
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Wiarton, Canada
Chippewas of Rama First Nation Rama, Canada
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center Kahnawake Mohawk Nation
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Canada
Native North American Travelling College Akwesasne Mohawk Nation
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Toronto, Canada
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation M’Chigeeng, Canada
William Jamieson Ancient and Tribal Art Toronto, Canada
Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford, Canada

Alan Corbiere (and Paula Whitlow) with a beautiful birchbark model canoe, in the collections of the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (2013).


GRASAC researchers at the British Museum’s Orsman Road Stores in 2007: Alan Corbiere, Bruce Morito, Robert Storrie, Lindsay Borrows, Heidi Bohaker, Stacey Loyer, Janis Monture, Cory Willmott, Laura Peers, Darlene Johnston, John Borrows and Ruth Phillips.

Bezoek Museum Volkenkunde Leiden, Netherlands
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery American Philosophical Society Bristol, United Kingdom
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, Canada
Cranbrook Institute of Science Bloomfield Hills, United States
Cuming Museum London, United Kingdom
Denver Art Museum Denver, United States
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, United States
Ethnological Museum of Berlin Berlin, Germany
Fenimore Art Museum Cooperstown, United States
Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, United States
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Glasgow, United Kingdom
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University Providence, United States
Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Little Traverse History Museum Petoskey, United States
McCord Museum Montreal, Canada
Missouri History Museum St. Louis, United States
Musée du quai Branly Paris, France
Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève Geneva, Switzerland
Musée d’Yverdon et région Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Museo di Antropologia Ed Etnologia Florence, Italy
Museo di Scienze Naturali Enrico Caffi Bergamo, Italy
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini Roma, Italy
Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle La Rochelle, France
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom
National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
National Museum of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Washington, United States
National Museum of the American Indian Washington, United States
National Museums Scotland Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Peabody Essex Museum Salem, United States
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Cambridge, United States
Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, England
Pointe du Buisson Musée Québécois D’Archéologie Beauharnois, Quebec
Pomona College Museum of Art Claremont, United States
Rochester Museum and Science Center Rochester, United States
Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, Canada
San Diego Museum of Man San Diego, United States
The British Museum London, United Kingdom
The Hunterian, the University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom
The Manitoba Museum Winnipeg, Canada
The University Museum, SIUE Edwardsville, United States
U-M LSA Museum of Anthropology Ann Arbor, United States
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Philadelphia, United States
Weltmuseum Wien Vienna, Austria

Studying the Great Lakes holdings at the musée du quai Branly in Paris: Mnawaate Corbiere, Paula Whitlow, Cory Willmott and Ruth Phillips (2013).