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Karuk
Language(s): Karuk | English
Date: ca.1950s-1960s
Type:Text
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Description: One of Haas' students, William Bright, completed a grammar of Karuk as his PhD dissertation, and from this are derived a card file (Series 9) consisting of a lexicon, grammatical analyses, comparisons to various languages including proto-languages, and loanwords and placenames, which would later become a significant part of Bright's legacy. Comparisons to other languages of California and elsewhere are also found in correspondence with Karl-Heinz Gursky (Series 1) and other locations in Series 9.
Collection: Mary R. Haas Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.94)

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)

Seri
Date: 1955, 2005-2006
Type:Text
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: William Bright's Seri papers consist of possible cognates between Seri, Chontal, Karuk and Quechan, by Edward W. Moser, a copy of a Fortnight Magazine article, and comments on Steve Marlett's manuscript on "The Form and Use of Names in Seri", for publication in IJAL (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Shasta
Language(s): Shasta | English | Karuk
Date: 1950, undated
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: William Bright made several audio recordings with Sargent Sambo in 1950 of Coyote tales, and a vocabulary, which can be found in Series 6. Among his other works, he was concerned with Shasta orthography, and developed a proposal for a new version, and derived lexica from others' published sources and archival notes (Series 4).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)