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Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings, 1962-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pierce, Joe E.
Title
Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings
Dates
1962-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 cubic foot, including 57 audiotapes, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
OH 12
Summary
The Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings were made by Joe E. Pierce during his study of Native American languages in Oregon and include interviews with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joe E. Pierce was a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at Portland State College at the time these recordings were made. Pierce earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1957 and specialized in linguistics and world languages. He died in 1994.

Bruce J. Rigsby was a graduate student at the University of Oregon and completed his Ph.D. in 1965.

Amelia Brown was described by James Collins in Understanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American Responses as "herbalist, midwife, cook, and raconteur".

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings consist of cassette audiotape recordings of interviews conducted by Joe E. Pierce with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes. The recordings were made as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation for a systematic study of Native American languages in Oregon. Bruce J. Rigsby also participated in the study.

The recordings document the Tolowa and Tutuni languages, especially word phrases, songs, and stories. The grammatical structure of the languages is also addressed. The bulk of the recordings are interviews with Mrs. Amelia Brown; other individuals that are included in the recordings are Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, Mrs. Ida Bensell, Hoxy Simmons, Miller Collins, and Mrs. Carrie Streets.

The cassette audiotapes were prepared in the late 1980s by Tom Grigsby of the OSU Anthropology Department from original reel-to-reel recordings. Tape logs were prepared at that time and are included with the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings (OH 12), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top