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Date: 1930-1935, 1939, 1950
Extent: 5,000 slips, 1,546 pages
Description: The Chitimacha materials in the ACLS collection consists of an extensive body of materials recorded by Morris Swadesh. These are located in the "Chitimacha" section of the finding aid, which contains a full listing. Noteworthy materials include Swadesh's field notebooks, containing text (on a variety of topics) with interlinear translations, and extensive linguistic analysis of morphology, grammar, and other areas. These also include a brief genealogy. Also in this section are additional texts, and linguistic materials created from the fieldwork materials, such as a draft Chitimacha-English dictionary and a lexical file of over 4000 word slips. See also the single notebook in the "Koasati" section of the finding aid, which contains a French-English-Chitimacha wordlist from Mrs. Sadie Dardin.
Collection: ACLS Collection (American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society) (Mss.497.3.B63c)
Culture: Tunica | Chickasaw | Choctaw | Creek | Seminole | Apalachee | Alabama | Koasati | Natchez | Atakapa | Chitimacha | Avoyelles | Timucua
Alternate forms: Coushatta, Avoyel
Language(s): Tunica | Chickasaw | Choctaw | Muscogee | Mikasuki | Apalachee | Alabama | Koasati | Natchez | Atakapa | Chitimacha | English | Timucua | Spanish
Contributor: Haas, Mary R. (Mary Rosamond), 1910-1996 | Youchigant, Sesostrie | Sesostrie, Sam Young | Picoter, Alice | Chiki, Cora | Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907 | Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958
Subject: Linguistics | Ethnography | Folklore | Genealogy | Music | Louisiana--History | Oklahoma--History
Genre: Vocabularies | Correspondence | Dictionaries | Field notes | Notebooks | Drafts | Grammars | Photographs | Stories
Extent: 3 linear feet
Description: Mary Haas conducted extensive fieldwork on Tunica with last speaker Sesostrie Youchigant, subsequently publishing a grammar as her PhD dissertation, and later texts and a dictionary. Fourteen field notebooks can be found in the dedicated subseries in Series 2, along with abundant grammatical and lexical notes and sheet music. Tunica was an integral part of Haas' comparative work on the Gulf hypothesis, so extensive comparisons can be found, especially in the lexical slip files of Series 9. Haas' Tunica work also contains more ethnographic notes than most of her files. Photographs of Sesostrie Youchigant are present in Series 11 and can be viewed at the Digital Library.
Collection: Mary R. Haas Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.94)