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Gladys A. Reichard Papers on the Wiyot Language

Collection number: SCL Reichard
Primary contributors:  Jerry James (consultant), Amos Riley (consultant), Warren Brainerd (consultant), Della Prince (consultant), Gladys Amanda Reichard (researcher), Mrs. Bartow (consultant), Mrs. Searson (consultant), Mrs. Buckley (consultant), Birdie James (consultant)
Additional contributors:  Lucy Thompson (consultant), Mrs. M.J. Thompson (consultant)
Languages: Wiyot, Yurok
Dates: 1922 - approximately 1925
Extent: 2.94 linear feet (7 boxes)
Historical information: Gladys Amanda Reichard was born in 1893 in Bangor, Pennsylvania and died in 1955. She received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College (1919) and a doctorate from Columbia University (1925), where she studied under Franz Boas. Her dissertation was published as Wiyot Grammar and Texts (University of California, 1925). Reichard's best-known work relates to Navajo weaving practices, religion and language.
Scope and content: The Papers document Reichard's research on the Wiyot language, including her field work in the Humboldt Bay region in 1922 and later analysis. The Papers include vocabulary file slips, typescript drafts of Wiyot texts and photocopies of field notebooks. The field notebooks document Reichard's trip to the Humboldt Bay region in the summer of 1922. The places Reichard visited in 1922 include Eureka, Loleta, Indianola, Table Bluff and Blue Lake. Her Wiyot linguistic consultants included Mrs. Bartow, Warren Brainerd, Mrs. Buckley, Birdie James, Jerry James, Della Prince, Amos Riley and Mrs. Searson. Before locating speakers of Wiyot, Reichard consulted with a woman identified as Molly (of Blue Lake) and recorded vocabulary in her dialect (""Redwood"") of California Athapaskan.
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Gladys A. Reichard Papers on the Wiyot Language, SCL Reichard, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley,
Associated materials: Reichard's original field notebooks are in the collection of the Bancroft Library, Berkeley, California.