Wisconsin Native American Languages Project Records, 1973-1976

Summary Information

Title: Wisconsin Native American Languages Project Records
Inclusive Dates: 1973-1976

  • Wisconsin Native American Languages Project
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 20

  • 15.6 cubic ft. (46 boxes, including 26 audio cassettes and 106 audio reels)
  • 1 oversize folder

Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Collection contains records created by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) participants in the Wisconsin Native American Languages Project (WNALP), an effort to teach Native-American children and adults the native languages and traditions of the Menominee, Ojibwa, Oneida, Potawatomi, and Winnebago. The collection includes audio recordings, alphabet and syllable books, handouts, self-tests, songs, stories, student cards, and writing and reading lessons, and worksheets. For each language, there are lexicons or vocabularies. The vocabularies, which contain the English and Native American words, are on note cards. The largest group of materials can be found for the Menominee and Ojibwa languages. The Menominee and Winnebago records include the notebooks of Ken Miner, a Menominee linguistic specialist hired by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as part of a sub-contract made with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. The Menominee records include a complete copy of Leonard Bloomfield's lexicon, as well indexes to his work.

The collection contains audio recordings created as part of the project. Most of the tapes are recordings of Menominee, Ojibwa, Oneida, and Winnebago words and phrases. Some tapes include complete stories or conversations of the speakers. English translations are provided on many, but not all, of the tapes.

Language: English, Ojibwa, Menominee, Oneida, Potawatomi, Winnebago

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-mil-uwmmss0020
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