American Indian language manuscripts at the Wisconsin Historical Society, 2010

A Bibliography of Historical Manuscripts in American Indian Languages at the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Although not itself a primary source, this bibliography leads researchers to more than 250 historical documents written in or about American Indian languages housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 2009, Univ. of Wisconsin Hilldale Fellow Marissa Lipinski examined nearly 100 manuscript collections in search of indigenous language materials. Working folder by folder and page by page, she unearthed more than 250 individual documents or groups of documents written in or about 20 different American Indian languages by missionaries, traders, Indian agents, linguists, and anthropologists. These documents ranged in date from 1689 to 1976 and in size from single-page letters to volumes of several hundred pages. Nearly all are in languages from the Great Lakes or Northern Plains regions.

The original documents can be seen at the Archives Research Room, Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706. If you would like to see any specific document reproduced online here, please contact the Society's digital collections staff through the "Email Us" link at the foot of this page.




Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
First Peoples
Creator: Lipinski, Marissa
Pub Data: 50 copies distributed to tribal language preservation programs, linguists, and other colleagues in 2010; also available through the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures Web site (http://csumc.wisc.edu/).
Citation: Lipinski, Marissa. A Bibliography of Historical Manuscripts in American Indian Languages at the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Madison, Wis.: Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives, 2010); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1751; Visited on: 8/28/2014
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