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Cherokee
Language(s): Cherokee | English
Date: 1960s-2000s
Type:Text
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Description: William Bright collected a small number of books on Cherokee language and culture, including a copy of the Cherokee Advocate newspaper (Series 2), as well as corresponding with Carl Masthay on Cherokee place names and with Pamela Munro on Cherokee linguistic analysis (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

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)

Huastec
Alternate forms: Teenek, Wastek
Language(s): Huastec | English | Spanish
Date: 2003
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: William Bright conversed with Barbara Edmonson on basic Wastek linguistics, loanwords from Spanish, and the meanings of Wastek place names (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

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)

Kiliwa | Mandan
Language(s): Kiliwa | English | Mandan
Date: 2004
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: William Bright conversed with Mauricio J. Mixco on the subject of Kiliwa and Mandan place names (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Mandan | Kiliwa
Language(s): Mandan | Kiliwa | English
Date: 2004
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: William Bright conversed with Mauricio J. Mixco on the subject of Kiliwa and Mandan place names (Series 1).
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Mixe | Mixtec
Language(s): English | Mixe | Mixtec
Date: 2003
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: The only Mixe/Zoque and Mixtec materials in the William Bright Papers are responses to a question in SSILA about place names as nouns and adverbials in Meso-American languages (Series 1). The varieties of Mixe and Mixtec are not specified.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Muscogee
Alternate forms: Creek, Mvskoke, Muskogee
Language(s): Muscogee | English
Date: 1962
Type:Text
Extent: 2 folders
Description: William Bright's Muscogee language materials consist of class handouts prepared in 1962 on morphology, and a 3-page list of place names found in publications by John Swanton and elsewhere, both in Series 4.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)

Navajo
Language(s): Navajo | English | Spanish
Date: 1954-2003
Type:Text
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Description: William Bright collected books (Series 2) and engaged in correspondence (Series 1) on “Hispanisms” (lexical borrowings from Spanish into Native American languages, collected in Series 5) and Navajo place names.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)