Language Manuscript Collections

Language Manuscript Collections

Collections with primary source materials related to the study of language. See also a list of collections related to Folklore, Culture, Literature, Music, and Visual and Performing Arts.

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Aleshi, Nikoles, Papers, 1900-1910, (C3828)
2 folders
Papers of a Kansas City, Missouri, grocer who developed and promoted the "Virtuana Lengueje", or "Niu Speling Sistem", a phonetic method of spelling English. The papers consist of promotional materials and photographs.

Almstedt, Hermann B. (1872-1954), Papers, 1887-1954, (C2408)
1.5 linear feet
The papers of Hermann B. Almstedt contain correspondence with colleagues and students, articles, speeches, poems, programs, report cards and diplomas of Hermann B. Almstedt, professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Missouri.

American Dialect Society, Proverb Collection, (CA5248)
34 cubic feet
Field research materials for a Dictionary of American Proverbs compiled under the directorship of Margaret Bryant. Includes materials from most of the United States and several Canadian provinces.

American Dialect Society, Records, (CA6105)
36.65 cubic feet, A/V material
Papers and organizational records of the American Dialect Society. Charged with investigating spoken English of the United States and Canada, the Society was established in 1889 at Harvard University. Includes correspondence, treasurer reports and material, general organizational records, and research on words.


Bell, John W., Record Book, 1820-1870, (C0232)
1 roll of microfilm
List of books, including prayer book, Bible, theological works, grammars, foreign language dictionaries, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, the classics, and poetry; prices of books, clothing, and goods in the 1820s; tuition payments; allowances to children for furniture and sundries; and cash, 1832-1847.

Boles, Ashleigh P. (1887-1976), Papers, 1886-1960, (C2431)
10 linear feet
The papers of Ashleigh P. Boles contain correspondence, photographs, and publications of horticultural agent and director of Agricultural Development Department of the Missouri Pacific Lines. The collection also contains similar materials relative to his participation in short courses on railroad transportation of agricultural products and membership in Friends of the Land Society, Civitan Club, and American Railway Development Association.

Bolinger, Dwight, Letters, (CA4839)
1 folder
Photocopies of correspondence between linguist Dwight Bolinger and etymologist Peter Tamony, 1937-1983.

Bolling, George Melville (1871-1963), Papers, 1925-1970 (C1330)
1.4 linear feet
The papers of George Melville Bolling, professor emeritus of Greek and Sanskrit languages at Ohio State University, include correspondence with colleagues and family, manuscript drafts, and miscellaneous material.

Bradsher, Earl Lockridge, (1879-1974), Papers, 1945-1954 (C3345)
0.9 linear feet
The papers of Earl Lockridge Bradsher contain manuscript poetry of Bradsher as well as correspondence and miscellaneous material. All poetry is entitled “Starts, Parts, First Drafts,” and varies in style and content.

Brown University, College Undergraduate Slang Study, Records, (CA5403)
0.8 linear feet
Addition of study questionnaires completed by students at various colleges and universities.

Brown University, College Undergraduate Slang Study, Records, (CA5374)
1 linear feet
Records of a student language study conducted at Brown University in 1967 and 1968. Includes punch cards, response codes, and coding sheets.

Burke, William Jeremiah (1902-1990), Papers, 1903-1985, (C3608)
5 linear feet
Correspondence, diary, manuscripts of novels, poems, articles, photographs, books, memorabilia and other personal and professional papers of an author and director of editorial research at LOOK magazine, 1943-1968.


Cohen, Gerald L., Papers, (CA5746)
1.4 linear feet
Professional correspondence of a language professor concerning research in etymology, 1980s-1990s.

Connaway, John Waldo (1859-1947), Papers, 1878-1944, (C0052)
2.2 linear feet
The papers of John W. Connaway contain personal and professional correspondence, research notes and writings, and brief personal material regarding his family. Connaway was Professor of Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine at the University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station from 1888 to 1947 where he made significant findings in controlling Texas fever, hog cholera, brucellosis or Bang's disease, and other farm animal diseases.


Dictionary Society of North America, Biennial Meeting, Records, 1991, (CA5217)
0.8 linear feet
Correspondence and records of the D.S.N.A. meeting held in Columbia, MO, in August 1991. Papers of Donald Lance, the program chairman of the meeting.


Foreign Language Association of Missouri, Records, (CA5241)
1.4 cubic feet
Minutes, correspondence, publications, financial records, membership and other records of the association and the related Modern Language Association of Missouri and Modern Language Club of St. Louis.

Foreign Language Association of Missouri, Records, (CA5308)
1 cubic foot
Addition of conference programs, meeting minutes, newsletters, and miscellaneous material, 1980s-2000s.


Hashbarger, Ruth, Papers, (C2968)
0.4 cubic feet (12 folders)
The papers of Ruth Hashbarger contain family documents and books from the Goebel, Roesche, and Haeberle families, all of whom immigrated to the United States from Germany. Ruth Hashbarger was a descendent of these families.


Kansas City Star Magazine Collection, 1925-1926, (K0595)
0.3 cubic foot
A near complete set of the short-lived art and culture magazine published by the Kansas City Star newspaper.

Kuemmel, George Frederick (1833-1914), Dictionary, 1855, (C1134)
1 volume
Brief German-English dictionary compiled by German-born music teacher in Glasgow, MO.


Lance, Donald M. (1931-2002), Papers, 1938-2002, (C3992)
11.3 linear feet, 144 audio cassettes
The papers of a University of Missouri English professor, well-known for his lectures on the pronunciation of "Missouri" and other dialect research, contain extensive professional correspondence, research data, articles, presentations, teaching materials, and materials related to his work with professional organizations. Audio cassettes include interviews with Germans in Missouri and with decorated U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Byrl D. Taylor, Missouri folk musicians, and examples of English language dialects.

Lance, Donald M. (1931-2002), Papers, (CA6213)
21 linear feet, 25 audio tapes, 107 computer discs
Addition of correspondence, course materials, research files, surveys, computer data, audio recordings, and miscellaneous papers of a linguist and professor of English at the University of Missouri. Contains research on dialects and the pronunciation of "Missouri." See also C3992.

Linguistic Society of America, Records, (CA5969)
51.8 cubic feet, 10 audio cassettes, 1 video cassette
Addition of records of an organization dedicated to research and publication in the analysis of language. Includes publications, programs from annual meetings and Linguistic Institutes, publicity clippings, and materials concerning affiliated organizations and Ebonics. Also includes correspondence of Geore M. Bolling and Bernard Bloch, who were both editors of Language and presidents of LSA.

Linguistic Society of America, Records, 1896-, (C3974)
27 linear feet, 69 audio cassettes, 3 video cassettes, 4 audio tapes, 40 rolls of microfilm
The records of the Linguistic Society of America, an organization dedicated to research and publication in the scientific analysis of language includes committee minutes, correspondence of officers and administrators, publications, grant applications, correspondence with affiliated organizations, and planning documents on Linguistic Institutes and annual meetings.


Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Records, (CA6479)
1.4 cubic feet, 2 DVDs
The records of MIDTESOL include newsletters, photographs, conference and business files, and miscellaneous material, 1978-2015.

Missouri. Council of Defense, Records, 1940-1945, (C0011)
42 linear feet
Records dealing with the organization, and with participation of individual citizens in the organization. Bulletins, letters, budgets, plans, applications forms, maps, insignias, mailing lists, minutes, newspaper clippings, and other material showing how the Council operated.


Peter Tamony Memorial Lecture, Collection, 1986-2003, (C3944)
0.3 linear feet, 20 audio cassettes
The collection contains audio cassettes and transcripts of speeches, photographs, and advertisements documenting the Peter Tamony Memorial Lecture series at the University of Missouri.


Ramsay, Robert L. (1880-1953), Papers, 1918-1953, (C3230)
2.5 linear feet
The Robert Ramsay Papers includes correspondence, 1918-1953; notes, rough drafts, revisions, and proof sheets for the Place Name series, with emphasis upon the Missouri Place Names; newspaper clippings about Ramsay and newspaper clippings of the Place Name articles. Small volumes of notes and a variety of prints pertaining to his academic classes are included as well as sample themes and bibliographies submitted by his students.

Read, Allen Walker, Papers (C4033)
82 cubic feet (2127 folders, 10 oversize items, 2 audio tapes, 6 cassette tapes)
The papers of Allen Walker Read contain the personal and professional papers of a prominent etymologist, including correspondence, photographs, diaries, teaching and research materials, published writings, and records pertaining to his involvement in linguistic organizations and conferences.


Schroeder, Adolf E., Papers, (CA4790)
10.4 linear feet, 5 audio cassettes, 3 audio discs, 58 audio tapes, 1 roll of microfilm
Papers of a former chairman of the UMC Department of Germanic and Slavic studies. Includes correspondence, teaching materials, departmental papers, and papers of various German language associations.

Schroeder, Adolf E., Papers, (CA5472)
1.3 linear feet
Addition of various foreign language association newsletters, correspondence and other records relating to foreign language associations, materials relating to ethnic group research near Cape Girardeau, and materials relating to Otto Dingeldein, a silversmith.

Scott, Foresman and Company, Collection, (CA5145)
109.6 cubic feet
An estimated 1.3 million 4x6 dictionary citation slips collected ca. 1958-1979. Used primarily for updating World Book and Thorndike Barnhart dictionaries. Arranged in two alphabetical series A-Z. Includes work of Clarence Barnhart and Ethel Strainchamps.

Shepard, Edward Martin (1854-1934), Papers, 1844-1939 (C0164)
0.6 linear feet
Notes, correspondence, clippings, and pamphlets of Shepard, a geologist and professor at Drury College, Springfield, Missouri.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.

The State of Missouri: An Account with Special Reference to Immigration, by Friedrich Muench; translated by Elsa Nagel, n.d., (C2662)
0.4 cubic feet (54 folders)
The papers consist of two translated copies of the book, The State of Missouri; An Account with Special References to German Immigration, 1859, written by Friedrich Muench, an influential German writer and later Missouri politician. The translations were done by Elsa Nagel from the original German, and include one handwritten and one typed copy.

Steinkuehler, Leland, German Dialect Collection, 2005-2008, (CA6096)
1 folder, 8 audio cassettes, 10 CDs
Recordings and accompanying paperwork of interviews done with Missourians of German heritage from Concordia, Loose Creek, Westphalia, and St. Elizabeth, Missouri, as well as visitors from Meerbusch, Germany. Includes a comparison of dialects between three interviewees. The interviews were conducted by Leland Steinkuehler. Addition of recordings of a Lutheran Church service conducted in Low German and a narration with English translations by Reverend Alfred W. Rodewald, 2009.


Tamony, Peter (1902-1985), Collection, 1890-1985, (C3939)
877.6 linear feet
Correspondence, articles, research files, personal papers, audio tapes, and word files of a noted etymologist and neologist of San Francisco. The collection primarily relates to the study of American colloquial language and neologisms but also includes rare jazz journals and materials on sports.


U.S. Army, Specialized Training Program, Foreign Area and Language Study, University of Missouri, Papers, 1943-1944 (C0057)
2.25 linear feet
Correspondence, army directives, student records, and other material pertaining to the program and staff of the ASTP Unit at the University of Missouri. Also includes material concerning a study of ASTPs made by Thomas A. Brady for the Rockefeller Foundation.

University of Missouri, Department of Classical Languages and Archaeology, Records, 1930-1935, (C0182)
0.2 linear feet
Papers from the files of the department when Walter Miller was chairman.


Warshaw, Jacob (1878-1944), Papers, 1910-1944, (C0036)
12 linear feet, 12 volumes
Correspondence and papers of the Chairman of the Department of Spanish at the University of Missouri from 1926 to 1944. Copies of articles written by Warshaw for scholarly publications, extensive notes on Spanish and Latin American literature and life. Letters are about departmental matters, personal affairs, and Spanish scholarship.

Weeks, Raymond L. (1863-1954), Papers, 1873-1954, (C1045)
5.4 linear feet, 10 audio discs
The papers of Raymond L. Weeks contain primarily correspondence regarding his academic career in Romance languages, philology, and phonetics at the universities of Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois; and Columbia University in New York City. Much of this correspondence concerns faculty positions and topics such as academic freedom and university politics, during the 1890s through 1940s. Royalty statements for Weeks' works, postcards, poetry, photographs, newspapers clippings, and articles and scholarly writings make up the rest of the collection.

Wescott, Roger W. (1925-2000), Papers, (CA5894)
16.3 linear feet, 10 audio cassettes
Papers of a linguist and anthropologist include publications and unpublished writing, correspondence, research material, and miscellaneous personal and professional papers, 1930s-2000.

Wood, Gordon R., Papers, (CA5416)
3 linear feet, A/V material
Papers and research materials of an English language dialectologist and teacher. Also includes family history and World War II papers.


Zwicky, Arnold M., Papers, (CA5781)
24 linear feet
Correspondence, teaching and research materials, and administrative records of a professor of linguistics, 1960s-1990s.

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