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Penobscot | Wabanaki
Language(s): Abenaki, Eastern | English
Date: circa 1970s
Extent: 1 folder; 12 audiocassettes (4 hr., 47 min.) : DIGITIZED
Description: Recording of Penobscot Language Master Cards. Also contains the original list of 1255 English words and phrases used in the recordings (47 p,); a phonetic transcription of the corresponding Penobscot for the first 333 cards, made by Evan Pritchard (10 p.); and a letter from Sister Helen McKeough of the Indian Island School to members of the Penobscot Nation explaining the contents of the tapes and circumstances of their recording. (NOTE: This material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: Penobscot Language Master Cards (Mss.SMs.Coll.14)

Abenaki | Mi'kmaq | Penobscot
Language(s): English | Abenaki, Eastern
Date: 1669; 1678; 1725-1796; 1809-1884; 1900-1995
Extent: 12 linear feet; 3 hrs. (audio)
Description: The Penobscot materials in the Frank Siebert Papers are concentrated in Series III. Siebert collected census material, treaties and treaty minutes, placenames, with a strong representation of songs, stories, and linguistic materials. There are detailed notes about Indian claims in Maine and genealogical information. There are also educational materials for the teaching of the Penobscot language as well as a wealth of information on Penobscot linguistics. Series V, Siebert's notebooks, have extensive grammatical, phonetic, and vocabulary of the Penobscot language. Both Series III and V reflect Siebert's deep interest in the history of Maine and the Eastern Abenaki including archaeological, pre-history, and colonial era documents such as the Eliot Bible, which Siebert owned a rare copy in his library, which was sold at auction. Series VI and VII contain various drafts of essays on Penobscot culture, language, and history. Series XII contains approximately 3 hours of Penobscot language recordings, primarily from the 1930s and 1950s.
Collection: Frank Siebert Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.97)