Elizabeth Pope

American Antiquarian Society

Elizabeth Watts Pope is the curator of books at the American Antiquarian Society, where she has worked for over a decade. She held a fellowship at Nantucket Historical Association and has presented her work at numerous conferences, including: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP), Modern Language Association (MLA), New England Archivists (NEA), Society of Early Americanists (SEA) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Christy Pottroff

Merrimack College

Christy L. Pottroff is an Assistant Professor of nineteenth century American literature at Merrimack College. Her current project, Citizen Technologies: the U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature, draws out the material details of American mail delivery, and theorizes how these factors influenced the form and content of literary works across a range of genres. Her work is forthcoming in Early American Literature and Early American Studies.


Elizabeth Pope and Christy Pottroff will recover the many paths self-published, black-authored texts took to move between writers and readers. Pope will examine the question of who makes money off the distribution of black... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Elizabeth Pope (American Antiquarian Society)
  2. Christy Pottroff (Merrimack College)

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P93 » Printed for the Author: African American Self-Publication and Copyright from David Walker’s Appeal and Beyond: A Roundtable (09:00 - Sunday, 25th March, Enchantment B)

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