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Shirley Silver Papers on California Indian Languages

Collection number: SCL Silver
Primary contributors:  Shirley Silver (researcher), Sargent Sambo (consultant)
Additional contributors:  Roy Siniard (researcher), Lily Montgomery (consultant), Minnie Fulwider (consultant)
Dates: 1960s - approximately 1980 and undated
Historical information: Shirley Silver (1926-) is Professor Emerita at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. She received a bachelor's degree (1949) and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral thesis was a description of the Shasta language based on fieldwork condicuted in 1957-1961. Over the course of her career she published widely on a variety of topics related to the native languages of California.
Scope and content: The Papers document Shirley Silver's research on the indigenous languages of California. This includes a microfilm copy of her Shasta field notes collected in the summers of 1957-1961. Sargent Sambo was her main Shasta language consultant, and she recorded additional material with Clara Wicks (Shasta) and Lily Montgomery (Yana). The collection also includes copies of wordlists for Shasta and Southern Pomo collected by Silver, a pre-publication draft article on Hokan botanical vocabulary, notes on Yuki grammar, and a set of slides featuring the Kashaya alphabet.
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Shirley Silver Papers on California Indian Languages, SCL Silver, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley,
Associated materials: Audio recordings associated with the Papers are in the Berkeley Language Center, Berkeley, California (LA 48, LA 124).