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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)

Nahua
Date: ca.1940s-2003
Type:Text
Extent: 2 linear feet
Description: William Bright's Nahuatl materials are sizeable and cover his entire research life, mostly consisting of his own work from the 1960s and 1990s (Series 4), and many copies of small publications throughout his life (Series 2). Of note in the small publications is almost every issue of “Nahua Newsletter” (Indiana University) between 1986 and 2004, issues 1-18 of “Mexihkatl Itonalama”, and several 1940s-1960s SIL-archived publications. From his own work (Series 4) are interlinear glosses of Nahuatl texts, materials in preparation for taught courses at UCLA, products of brief fieldwork in Ixmiquilpan, Mexico, 1966, working versions of two of his own publications, and further linguistic analysis. He also corresponded with several linguists on Nahuatl varieties (Series 1), including Una Canger, who gave him a copy of the Copenhagen Nahuatl Dictionary Project.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Serrano
Type:Text
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
Description: William Bright's Serrano materials mostly consist of correspondence with Kenneth C. Hill, including a Coyote story, lists and discussions of place names and etymologies, and phonology (Series 1). There is also a book on Serrano history and culture (Series 2) and a lexical slip file comparing many Takic languages (Series 5).
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)

Syilx
Alternate forms: Okanagan, Okanagan
Language(s): Okanagan | English
Date: 1987
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: William Bright corresponded with Anthony Mattina on Colville coyote stories, alongside a publication on the subject (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)