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Carol Sullivan Papers

Identifier: MSS-659-BC

Scope and Content

Carol Sullivan's Papers contain typed and handwritten essays/personal narratives, interviews, press releases, correspondence, news-clippings, publications, ephemera, and audio recordings pertaining to her research on, and association with the American Indian Movement, the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and Native American nationalist movements. Russell Means, Leonard Crow Dog, John Crow Dog, and Leonard Peltier are among the prominent American Indian Movement figures represented in this collection.

Material added in 2017 expands the scope of the collection beyond Wounded Knee. The title of the collection has been revised to "Carol Sullivan Papers." The additional material consists of Sullivan's research and writing, pertaining to the following topics:
  1. AIDS and HIV (primarily in the Texas/Mexico border region)
  2. Amazon
  3. Chiapas and Zapatistas
  4. Corrections and Mental Health
  5. Grants and Gallup Area (mining, uranium, radiation, and general history)
  6. Carol Sullivan (correspondence, professional activities, and miscellaneous)


  • 1923-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1973-2000


Language of Materials

English. Spanish.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Audio and video in Box 5 will need to be reformatted prior to patron access.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Carol Sullivan (b. 1935), anthropologist and human rights activist, was a member of the anthropology faculty at Syracuse University, New York, when she went to the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, to witness the takeover of Wounded Knee by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1973 . Sullivan stayed three months after the occupation, acting as a liaison between the media and members of AIM. She documented her experiences in a series of essays and published articles.


5 boxes (4.25 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains papers of Carol Sullivan, an anthropologist, who did extensive research on the American Indian Movement (AIM), especially the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Other topics include AIDS, Amazon region (Brazil), Chiapas, corrections and mental health, Grants and Gallup area mining and general history.

Related Archival Material

Carol Sullivan Pictorial Collection. Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Zapatismo Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Photographs documenting the Wounded Knee occupation, taken by Carol Sullivan, have been transferred to the Carol Sullivan Pictorial Collection.

Issues of Akwesasne News transferred to CSWR General Collection.

Master audiocassettes stored in B3.
Finding Aid of the Carol Sullivan Papers, 1966-2014
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Processed by Chris Vigil/Beth Silbergleit
©2003; ©2017
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131