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Alternate forms: Athabaskan, Athapascan
Date: 1935; undated
Extent: 3 items
Description: Items relating to the study of Dene languages, including a letter from Sapir to Hoijer regarding comparative Athapascan linguistics and two items composed of Hoijer's notes and writings on the subject. One is his 27-page "Comparative Athapascan Affixes," including charts of comparative data taken from 33 Athapascan languages and dialects (with English glosses). The other consists of about 300 handwritten slips on Comparative Athapascan with comparative lexical data described as Sarsi, Chipewyan, and Navajo, alphabetically arranged, according to the English gloss.
Collection: Harry Hoijer Collection (Mss.497.3.H68)
Culture: Apache, Chiricahua | Apache, Mescalero | Apache, Jicarilla | Dakelh | Galice | Hupa | Navajo | Tolowa | Tsetsaut | Tsuut'ina
Alternate forms: Carrier, Sarcee, Sarsi, Na:tini-xwe
Date: 1935; 1976
Extent: 2 folders
Description: Two letters in the "Series I: Correspondence" section. A letter from Edward Sapir to Harry Hoijer, dated November 2, 1935, includes comparative data on verb forms in Dakelh ("Carrier"), Hupa, Tsetsaut, with some info on Tsuut'ina ("Sarsi"). A second letter, from Dorothy Hoijer to Whitfield Bell, includes brief identifying information on Harry Hoijer's Galice, Chiricahua, Mescalero, and Jicarilla consultants, plus a note on "Navaho Texts."
Collection: Harry Hoijer Collection (Mss.497.3.H68)
Culture: Navajo | Yuchi | Cherokee | Creek | Choctaw | Penobscot | Innu | Naskapi | Maliseet | Tunica | Chitimacha | Catawba | Inuit | Tsimshian | Seneca | Cayuga | Haudenosaunee | Cheyenne | Maya | Pueblo | Nanticoke | Catawba | Mi'kmaq | Quechua | Dakota | Chinook | Kwakwaka'wakw | Klamath | Pamunkey | Chickahominy | Rappahannock
Alternate forms: Montagnais-Naskapi, Eskimo, Iroquois, Malecite, Micmac, Sioux, Kwakiutl
Contributor: Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950 | Cole, Fay-Cooper, 1881- | Gilmore, Melvin R. (Melvin Randolph), 1868-1940 | Haddon, Alfred C. (Alfred Cort), 1855-1940 | Edgerton, Franklin, 1885-1963 | Gusinde, Martin, 1886-1969 | Hallowell, A. Irving (Alfred Irving), 1892-1974 | Hiller, Wesley R. | Mooney, James, 1861-1921 | Nelson, Dorothy M. | Norton, Jeannette Young | Smith, Edgar F. (Edgar Fahs), 1854-1928 | Birket-Smith, Kaj, 1893-1977 | Ball, Carl | Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 | Chase, Fannie S. | Cobb, Rodney Dale, 1907- | Dunnack, Henry E. | Field, Clark | La Rue, Mabel G: Myres, John Linton, Sir, 1869-1954 | Oak, Liston M., 1895-1970 | Staub, Peter | Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947 | Burgesse, J. Allan | Douglas, Frederic H. (Frederic Huntington), 1897-1956 | Raynolds, Frances R. | Eskew, James W. | Meier, Emil F. | Turner, Geoffrey
Subject: Anthropology | Ethnography | Social life and customs | Hunting | Motifs | Specimens | Wampum | Material culture | Birch bark | Religion | Museums | Art | Masks | Basketry
Extent: 46 folders
Description: Materials relating to Speck's research and other professional activities. Items include Speck's notes taken during graduate work at Columbia University under Franz Boas, and utilized for his own anthropology courses at the University of Pennsylvania; Speck's miscellaneous notes comprising circa 500 bibliographic cards and reading notes sorted out by tribe and/or language, dealing with tribes and countries in which Speck did no field work [other entries of this type are to be found among the various groups of materials in the Speck collection, according to tribe]; correspondence concerning exhibits and specimens for the Chicago World's Fair and for the Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts in New York City; two letters from Boas regarding the work of the Committee on Research in Native American Languages; correspondence regarding topics such as the double-curve motif, family hunting areas, indigenous foods and cooking methods, wampum, silverwork, birch-bark technique, baskets, Speck's research and publications, the research and publications of others, obtaining indigenous material cultural specimens for Speck, purchases of indigenous material culture specimens (baskets, masks, etc.) from Speck, Speck's identification of items in the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University, Speck's bibliography, and Speck's obituary; letters requesting copies of Speck's publications, or acknowledging the transmission of publications between Speck and others; copies and/or drafts of several of Speck's presentations and publications, including "Lectures on Primitive Religion," "Land Ownership Among Hunting Peoples in Primitive America and the World's Marginal Areas," "Review of Lowie's Introduction to Cultural Anthropology," and "The Double-Curve Motive in Northeastern Algonquian Art"; a bibliography of Speck's publications through 1942; rough drafts of miscellaneous papers, 1928-1948; Speck's notes on topics such as crane posture; Birket-Smith's 1946 "Plan for Circumpolar Research"; ten distribution maps for circumpolar culture traits, colored in with crayon to show distribution of traits including divination and miracle shamanism, sweat bath, turtle Atlas myth and world-tree concept, bone divination, bear veneration, curative power of mystic words and formulae, dog-ancestor myth, dog as soul leader, curvilinear patterns, and confession to cure taboo violation; and a prepublication manuscript of Hallowell's "The nature and function of property as a human institution" with additions and corrections.
Collection: Frank G. Speck Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.126)
Date: circa 1938-1959 and undated
Contributor: Voegelin, C. F. (Charles Frederick), 1906-1986 | Fincher, Beverly Hung, 1933- | Tschopik, Harry, 1915-1956 | Kinkade, M. Dale (Marvin Dale), 1933-
Extent: 6 folders
Description: Five items relating to Navajo language and culture have been identified in the C. F. Voegelin Papers. They are all in Subcollection II. There is relevant correspondence with M. Dale Kinkade (regarding a comparative work on color and anatomical terms in Salish, Navajo, and English); Navajo material in a folder labeled "Athabascan (Chipewyan)" as well as a separate Navajo folder in Series II. Research Notes, Subseries II. Na-Dene; a Navajo story ("Coyote files with the Birds") in the Southwestern Indian Tales category in Series III. Works by Voegelin, Subseries II: American Indian Tales for Children; Harry Tschopik's map of "Indian Languages in New Mexico, A.D. 1600" (1938) in Series III. Works by Voegelin, Subseries V: American Indian Languages; and Beverly Hung Fincher's article "On the Phonemic Status of Navaho Stress" (1959) in Series IV. Works by Others. Note that a digital image of Tschopik's map is available through the APS's Digital Library.
Collection: C. F. Voegelin Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.68)
Contributor: O'Donnel, Meghan | Vitelli, Anthony | Kendall, Daythal | Saville-Troike, Muriel | Milne, Derek | Dinwoodie, David W., 1961-
Extent: 4 folders
Description: Daythal Kendall discussed Navajo materials, at the American Philosophical Society and in private collections, with Meghan O'Donnel and Anthony Vitelli (Series 1) and possessed some Essays from the American Anthropological Association (Series 7).
Collection: Daythal L. Kendall Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.148)
Contributor: Kane, Francis Fisher
Extent: 2 folders
Description: In total, the Kane Family Papers consist of 56 linear feet of letters, legal papers, financial records, etc. of three generations of the prominent Philadelphia family. There is one folder of material relating to the Navajo people located in Series V. Francis Fisher Kane. Labeled "Navaho Indians--1948-1949," this folder contains typed notes (and copies of the notes) to U.S. Representatives Clarence Cannon and Hugh D. Scott and U.S. Senators Carl Hayden and Edward Martin regarding the Navajo Deficiency Bill and asking for their votes to avoid the closure of Navajo schools and hospitals. There are also brief replies from Scott, Hayden, and Martin; Hayden (who was on the Committee of Appropriations) includes the information that the bill has been amended to provide $550,000 for the education of the Navajo and Hopi and $400,000 for their welfare program, and all are hopeful for the success of the bill. Finally, there is a copy of Bulletin Number 8 (June 1948) of the American Friends Service Committee, featuring an article on the Navajo by Paul B. Johnson featuring three photos and focusing on child welfare, public health, education, and economic reform, as well as other articles on other topics. The same series contains a folder labeled "Indian Rights Association #4" that contains correspondence from IRA General Secretary Lawrence E. Lindley, a statement by Jonathan M. Steere about the urgent aid required by the Navajo and Hope, a booklet published by the IRA titled "Indian Truth," and other materials relative to the IRA in the early 1950s, particularly their focus on the Navajo and Hopi.
Collection: Kane Family Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.115)
Alternate forms: Diné
Date: 1971-1973, undated
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
Description: The most significant items in Mary Haas' Navajo file are two field notebooks, totaling around 140 pages filled, from the early 1970s, possibly as part of a taught field methods class. These can be found in Series 2, name Frank Burnside as the consultant, and reference audio recordings not housed at the APS. Haas also kept short wordlists of Navajo and made comparisons between Navajo and a large variety of other Dene languages, scattered throughout Series 2 and 9, and corresponded with Muriel Saville-Troike on the language (Series 1).
Collection: Mary R. Haas Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.94)
Date: 1966-1977, 1992-1996, 2012-2015
Contributor: Abeyta, Tony | Bsumek, Erika | Chamberlain, Kathleen P. | Fernald, Theodore B. | Field, Margaret | Garrison, Edward Ralph, 1945- | Gill, Samuel Dale | Hahn, Milanne | Hammond, Blodwen | Hill, Jennie-Keith | House, Deborah | Kaufman, Ellen S. | Kibrik, A. A. | Kroskrity, Paul | McDonough, Joyce M. | Perkins, Ellavina | Pollak, Margaret | Roberts, Alexandra | Schepers, E. M. | Shepardson, Mary | Shetter, William Z. | Taptto, Mary Helen | Weisiger, Marsha | Werner, Oswald | Chee, Melvatha
Subject: Arizona--History | Art | Education | Food | Government relations | Health | Linguistics | Material culture | Social life and customs | Utah--History
Genre: Correspondence | Dissertations | Essays | Genealogies | Interviews | Maps | Photographs | Reports | Transcriptions | Vocabularies
Extent: 2588 pages, 2 photographs, 13 DVDs
Description: The Navajo materials in the Phillips Fund collection consist of numerous items. Materials in this collection are listed alphabetically by last name of author. See materials listed under Bsumek, Chamberlain, Chee, Fernald, Field, Garrison, Gill, Hahn, Hammond, Hill, House, Kaufman, Kibrik, Kroskrity, McDonough, Perkins, Pollak, Roberts, Schepers, Shepardson, Shetter, Taptto, Weisiger, and Werner.
Collection: Phillips Fund for Native American Research Collection (Mss.497.3.Am4)
Subject: Language study and teaching | Linguistics | Folklore | Religion | Place names | Arizona--History
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)
Alternate forms: Chipewyan, Pima, Papago, Dënesųłiné
Contributor: Neel, James V., (James Van Gundia), 1915-2000
Extent: 7 folders
Description: The North American materials in the James V. Neel papers consists materials related to Neel's genetics and populations studies among some indigenous people in the Southwest and Great Lakes region. The bulk of these materials are found in "Series IIa: Amerindian," "Series IIIa: Amerindian," and "Series IV: Committees." These materials can be located most quickly by doing a keyword search in the aid for the culture terms listed above.
Collection: James V. Neel Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.96)