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Chumash
Date: 1959-1995
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Description: Beginning with fieldwork in around 1959-1960 with Marie de Soto at Santa Barbara, California, Bright continued to collected materials in Chumashan languages and villages throughout his life. A short field notebook can be found in Series 3 Subseries 2, along with a large topical folder on Chumash in Series 4. Correspondence on “Hispanisms” (Spanish borrowings into Native languages, Series 1, and the card file in Series 5) is also of note.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Karuk
Alternate forms: Karok
Language(s): Karuk | English | Spanish
Date: 1949-2006
Extent: 4 linear feet
Description: From the age of 21 throughout his life, William Bright worked with Karuk speakers to document and revitalize their language, resulting in becoming the first white honorary member of the Karuk tribe. The most prominent materials at the American Philosophical Society as a result are wide-ranging audio recordings, from the 1950s until the 2000s (Series 6), especially with Violet Super. With Susan Gehr, he produced a Karuk language dictionary, correspondence with whom (Series 1) contains draft texts. With the Karuk he contributed considerably to the literature on Coyote in particular, original transcriptions of which are in notebooks in Series 3 Subseries 1, and further developments in Series 2. He also collected many small publications about Karuk, in the same series. Additionally of interest in Series 1 is correspondence about the suspected arson of a'tim'îin, the Karuk sacred site near Somes Bar, CA. Karuk materials can be found in every series.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Tataviam
Language(s): Tataviam | English
Date: 1974
Type:Text
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: William Bright's Tataviam materials consist of his analyses of place names from archived field notes and publications by Harrington, Fustero and others (Series 4).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Chemehuevi | Paiute | Southern Paiute
Date: 1953-1967
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: Between 1992 and 1993 especially, William Bright made audio recordings of Ute vocabulary (especially place names) (Series 6), some of which is documented in a field notebook (Series 3 Subseries 1), and contributed orthography recommendations to the Southern Ute tribe (Series 4). Among other correspondence, Bright had a version of J. P. Harrington's Chemehuevi noun list, edited by Kenneth Hill, as part of assorted materials relating to Harrington's fieldwork (Series 1), as well as the pamphlet "The Chemehuevi Indians of Southern California" (Ronald Dean and Peggy Jeanne Miller, 1967, published by the Malki Museum Press).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Washo
Alternate forms: Wašiw, Washoe
Language(s): Washo | English
Date: ca.1969
Type:Text
Extent: 2 folders
Description: William H. Jacobsen sent William Bright correspondence on Washo stems in addition to a draft manuscript describing J. P. Harrington's Washo language work, both in Series 1.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)