Suzette Haden Elgin papers, 1976-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Elgin, Suzette Haden
Title
Suzette Haden Elgin papers
Dates
1976-1990 (bulk)
1954-1999 1976-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.0 linear feet, (11 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 307
Summary
Suzette Haden Elgin (November 19, 1936-January 27, 2015) was known for her extensive scholarly work in linguistics, the development of a feminist language called Láadan, and numerous publications in science fiction and other genres. The collection includes original Láadan materials, correspondence, publications, academic work, biographical information, music, plays, poems, original artwork, and audiovisual recordings all pertaining to her life as a scholar and an artist in many mediums.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings or moving images to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Suzette Haden Elgin (Patricia Anne Wilkins) was born on November 19, 1936 in Louisiana, Missouri, and died January 27, 2015. Elgin was the daughter of Gaylord Lloyd, a lawyer, and Hazel Wilkins, a teacher. At the age of eighteen, Elgin attended the University of Chicago from 1954-1956. During this time she married Peter Haden (he later passed away) in 1955 and had three children, Michael, Rebecca, and Patricia. After transferring to Chico State College, now known as California State University, Chico, Elgin remarried a sales manager named George Elgin in 1964 and had a son named Benjamin. Elgin received her B.A. in 1967 and upon graduating she began to teach at the Conservatory of Music in Chico, California from 1967-1968. Soon after, she taught adult French, guitar, and music theory. In 1970, Elgin enrolled at the University of California, San Diego where she began to write science fiction to supplement her income. She received her M.A. in Linguistics in 1970 and three years later her Ph. D. in linguistics, in 1973. Elgin invented a feminist language called Láadan for her Native Tongue science fiction series.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Suzette Haden Elgin Papers comprise materials related to Elgin's work in the feminist communication field. The collection covers the development of the Láadan language and includes Elgin's correspondence, literary works, academic work, and artistic work, as well as audiovisual recordings.

The Láadan series sheds light on the construction of the feminist language of Láadan. Dictionaries and grammar texts in various drafts, along with articles, newsletters, and promotional material are available. The correspondence series focuses on outgoing letters by Elgin to colleagues including Cheris Kramarae, a professor at the University of Oregon. The Literary Works series contains various drafts of novels and short stories, essays, poems, and speeches. In addition, various newsletters discussing gender and language are included. The Academic Work series consists of drafts of paper written by Elgin in various forms. The Artistic Work series includes hand drawn sketches, a music score, and photographs relating to the tapestries Elgin created.

The 2009 Accession and 2010 Accession series represents donated materials after initial processing of the collection. This material overlaps with other series.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Suzette Haden Elgin Papers, Coll 307, Feminist Language and Communication Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Alternative Forms Available

Selected sound recordings in this collection are available as digital audio files in Special Collections & University Archives, including tapes 2, 6-8, 33-36, 46-48, 51-52.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Láadan Language, 1982-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Dictionary & Grammar Texts
Box Folder
1 1
Láadan alphabet “ABD”
1 2
“A mini-grammar of Láadan”
1 3
“A Sampler of Words You’ve Always Wanted That Don’t Exist in English”
1983
1 4
Language construction; sentences, verbs, translations, etc...
1 5
“A First Dictionary of Láadan”
1 6
“A First Dictionary of Láadan”
1983
1 7
“A First Dictionary of Láadan”
1 8
“A Preliminary Grammar of Láadan: A Language for Women”
1 9
“A Preliminary Grammar of Láadan: A Language for Women”
1 10
“A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan”
Subseries B: Láadan Originals
Box Folder
1 11
“Láadan ABD”
1 12
“A Sampler of Words You’ve Always Wanted That Don’t Exist in English”
1 13
“A Sampler of Words You’ve Always Wanted That Don’t Exist in English”
1 14
“A First Dictionary of Láadan”
1 15
“A First Information Sheet of Láadan” (Questions and Answers)
1 16
Láadan stationery
Subseries C: Publications
Box Folder
1 17
“An Update on Láadan”
1983
1 18
“Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture”
November 1985
1 19
“Women & Language News”
Fall 1982
1 20
“Women & Language”
Spring 1987
Subseries D: Miscellaneous
Box Folder
1 21
Promotional materials; texts in Láadan
1 22
Sketches and designs for “Láadan”
1 23
Wilson Student Handbooks

Series II:  Correspondence, 1978-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Incoming
Box Folder
1 24
1980-1989
Subseries B: Outgoing
Box Folder
1 25
1978-1981
1 26
1982
1 27
1982-1984
1 28
1984-1987
2 1
1988-1989
2 2
1990-1993 undated
Subseries C: Cheris Kramarae
Box Folder
2 3
1981-1982
2 4
1982
2 5
1983
2 6
1984-1985
2 7
1986-1990

Series III:  Literary Works, 1976-1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Novels & Short Stories
Box Folder
2 9
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 1
2 10
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 2
2 11
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 3
2 12
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 4
2 13
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 5
2 14
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 6
2 15
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 7
2 16
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 8
2 17
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 9
2 18
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 10
2 19
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 11
2 20
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 12
2 21
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 13
2 22
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 14
2 23
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 15
2 24
“Briar Mountain,” ch. 16
2 25
“Mine Eyes Have Touched”
2 26
“Map of Ozark”
2 27
Native Tongue -- Plot synopsis
2 28
Notes on Native Tongue
2 29
Notes on Native Tongue
2 30
Notes on Native Tongue
2 31
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Book cover proof
2 32
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
1990
3 1
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 2
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 3
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 4
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 5
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 6
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 7
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 8
Earth Song: Native Tongue III: Drafts
3 9
New Coyote Jones Book
3 10
New Coyote Jones Book
3 11
SFPA Book
3 12
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 1
3 13
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 2
3 14
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 3
3 15
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 4
3 16
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 5
3 17
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 6
3 18
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 7
3 19
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 8
3 20
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 9
3 21
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 12
3 22
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 13
3 23
“Stranger Crossing,” ch. 14
3 24
Verbal Art of Self Defense
4 1
Miscellaneous short stories
Subseries B: Essays
Box Folder
4 2
English Made Easier
4 3
Feminist Pragmatics of Applied Fantasy -- Early draft
4 4
Feminist Pragmatics of Applied Fantasy -- Late draft
4 5
Feminist Pragmatics of Applied Fantasy -- Final draft
4 6
“The Jael Conundrum”
4 7
“Riding on Bus 41”
4 8
“Some Theological Remarks on Medicine”
4 9
Translations
4 10
Verbal Self Defense: “Medical Syntonics”
4 11
Verbal Self Defense: “Language in Emergency Medicine”
4 12
‘Washing Utopian Dishes; Scrubbing Utopian Floors”
4 13
“Yet Another Obesity Scandal”
4 14
Miscellaneious essays
Subseries C: Poems
Box Folder
4 15
“Everywoman’s Devotional Book of Very Full Hours”
4 16
“The New Lovingkindess Survival Kit...”
4 17
Miscellaneous poems
Subseries D: Newsletters
Box Folder
4 18
Linguistics & Science Fiction
1995
4 19
Linguistics & Science Fiction
1997
4 20
Linguistics & Science Fiction
1998
4 21
Linguistics & Science Fiction
1999
5 1
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 1
5 2
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 2
5 3
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 3
5 4
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 4
5 5
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 5
5 6
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 6
5 7
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 7
5 8
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 8
5 9
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 9
5 10
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 10
5 11
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 11
5 12
The Lonesome Node, Vol. 12
6 1
Medicine Talk
1987
6 2
Ozark Center Bulletins
6 3
Star Line
1978-1979
6 4
Star Line & Micro Con II
1983
6 5
Miscellaneous
Subseries E: Speeches
Box Folder
6 6
“All and Sundry”
6 7
“Beyond the Brassbound Bra....”
6 8
“Language as Perpetual Filter and Diagnostic Probe”
6 9
“Linguistics and the Future of Emergency Medicine”
6 10
Wisconsin GOH Speech
6 11
“You Might as Well Talk to the Wall”
Subseries F: Miscellaneous
Box Folder
6 12
Misc Language
6 13
Misc Notes
6 14
Promotional Material
6 15
Reviews of Literary Works
6 16
“Round Trip,” A Game by Elgin

Series IV:  Academic Work, 1954-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 17
Biographical/CV
6 18
Term papers
6 19
Term papers
6 20
Drafts
6 21
Drafts
6 22
Drafts
6 23
Drafts
6 24
Journal, sketches, and drafts
1948-1949

Series V:  Artistic Work, 1967-1991Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
Music
7 2
Sketches - Originals
7 3
Sketches - Photocopies
7 4
"Suzette's Charming Yarns Tie Together Precious Memories," Country Woman
July 1991-August 1991
7 5
Photograph of Tapestry

Series VI:  Audiovisual Materials, 1984-199Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
8 1
Tape 1: Sent to Cherice Kramarae
1 sound cassette (analog)
October 4-5, 1984
8 2
Tape 2: The Láadan Tape, Suzette Haden Elgin (Sent to Cherice Kramarae)
1 sound cassette (analog)
1984
8 3
Tape 3: Suzette Haden Elgin
1 sound cassette (analog)
March 14, 1986
8 4
Tape 4: "Selections from Everywoman's Devotional Book of Very Full Hours," by Suzette Haden Elgin (Sent to Cherice Kramarae)
1 sound cassette (analog)
1986
8 5
Tape 5: Emergency ASL, by Elgin & Blair
1 sound cassette (analog)
1986
8 6
Tape 6: "Archives" Tape ... on Tornado Song
1 sound cassette (analog)
August 26, 1987
8 7
Tape 7: To Cherice Kramarae (Personal) Elgin
1 sound cassette (analog)
May 1, 1988
8 8
Tape 8: Elgin/McCartney (OK for OR.)
1 sound cassette (analog)
August 25, 1988
8 9
Tape 9: "Sing We All Noel!" Carols sung and played by Rebecca Haden, with help from Suzette Haden Elgin and Bluebelle
1 sound cassette (analog)
1988
8 10
Tape 10: For Cherice and students
1 sound cassette (analog)
September 28, 1990
8 11
Tape 11: Verbal Self-Defense Sampler Tape
1 sound cassette (analog)
1987
8 12
Tape 12: Introduction to Medical Syntonics A System of Verbal Self-Defense
1 sound cassette (analog)
1986
8 13
Tape 13: Láadan: Explanation of Construction of Láadan (Betamax)
1 sound cassette (analog)
8 14
Tape 14-19: "Mastering the Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense, by Suzette Haden Elgin, published by Prentice Hall, 1989 (cassettes and workbook)
6.0 videocassette (beta)
1989
9 1
Tape 20: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:1
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 2
Tape 21: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:2
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 3
Tape 22: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:3
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 4
Tape 23: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:4
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 5
Tape 24: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:5
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 6
Tape 25: Medicine Talk (MTALK) 1:6
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 7
Tape 26: Introduction to Medical Syntonics: A System of Verbal Self-Defense - Master
1 sound cassette (analog)
1986
9 8
Tape 27: Introduction to Medical Syntonics: A System of Verbal Self-Defense
1 sound cassette (analog)
1987
9 9
Tape 28: VSD/S For Parents: Part I
1 sound cassette (analog)
1987
9 10
Tape 29: VSD/S For Parents: Part II
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 11
Tape 30: Verbal Attacks
1 sound cassette (analog)
1994
9 12
Tape 31: Women in ER (Syntonics)
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 13
Tape 32: ASL Medical Tape
1 sound cassette (analog)
1986
9 14
Tape 33: Medfilks
1 sound cassette (analog)
1987
9 15
Tape 34: Genderspeak
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 16
Tape 35: “Women, Language, and Empowerment” SHE
1 sound cassette (analog)
1991
9 17
Tape 36: Linguistics For Non-Linguists
1 sound cassette (analog)
1989
9 18
Tape 37-44: How to Write and Sell Self-Help Books and Materials and Keep Them Alive, seminar by SHE on 8 cassettes
8.0 sound cassette (analog)
1995
9 19
Tape 45: Workshop How-To (done for Jim Gunn) SHE
1 sound cassette (analog)
1989
9 20
Tape 46: Beginning Filk Guitar
1 sound cassette (analog)
1984
9 21
Tape 47: Suzette Talks about N.T.
1 sound cassette (analog)
1999
9 22
Tape 48: Teach Yourself Alien, by Suzette Elgin
1 sound cassette (analog)
9 23
Tape 49: The Science Fiction Poetry Workshop: The Magic Granny Line, by Suzette Elgin Haden
1 sound cassette (analog)
1991
9 24
Tape 50: “Magic Granny Says Don’t Meddle” - Master
1 sound cassette (analog)
1992
9 25
Tape 51: Láadan
1 sound cassette (analog)
1991
9 26
Tape 52: Láadan Grammar Tape
1 sound cassette (analog)
April 1999
9 27
Tape 53: Poetry Reading – Cows of Velvet
1 sound cassette (analog)
1990
9 28
Tape 54: Bodacious Goldilocks
1 sound cassette (analog)

Series VII:  2009 Accession, 1984-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
10 1
Láadan Language Creation – Network Directory + Bulletins
1988
10 2
Emailed Correspondence developing Laadan
2000-2007
10 3
The First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan – 2nd Edition
1988
10 4
Láadan papers
1985-1990
10 5
Correspondence regarding SHE language development, speaking engagements and books
1990
10 6
Laura A Mundt Honor’s Thesis regarding SHE’s language development
1991
10 7
Teresa Lyn Wells Dissertation regarding SHE’s works and the work of Ursula K. Le Guin
April 2000
10 8
Elizabeth Wulff Honors Dissertation regarding SHE’s Native Tongue trilogy
November 1999
10 9
Dunja M. Mohr article to be published regarding SHE’s Native Tongue trilogy, The Judas Rose, and Earthsong

2010 Accession, 1978-1995Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box file
11 1
How to Write Self-Help (original)
11 2
Teaching the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense
1995
11 3
Teaching the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense
1993
11 4
Teaching the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense - An Intensive Training Seminar
1991
11 5
Mastering the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense
1989
11 6
Success with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense - Casebook
1991
11 7
Training Manual for the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense (Level 1)
1990
11 8
Male/Female Communication and the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense
1993
11 9
How to Write and Sell Self-Help Books and Materials - And Keep Them Alive
1995
11 10
Growing Civilized Kids in a Savage World
1993
11 11
The Joy of English Grammar
1978
11 12
Handwritten notes

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Communication criticism
  • Feminist theory
  • Feminists--United States
  • Linguistics--Periodicals
  • Linguistics--United States
  • Science fiction--Periodicals
  • Science fiction--Women authors
  • Women and literature--United States
  • Women authors, American--United States
  • Women linguists--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Elgin, Suzette Haden--Correspondence
  • Kramarae, Cheris
  • Kramarae, Cheris--Correspondence