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Sylvia M. Broadbent Papers on the Southern Sierra Miwok Language

Collection number: SCL Broadbent
Primary contributors:  Sylvia M. Broadbent (researcher), Castro Johnson (consultant), Rose Watt (consultant), Emma Lord (consultant)
Additional contributors:  Mrs. Henry Miller (consultant), Johnny Lawrence (consultant), Chief Leemee (consultant), Freddy Marquez (speaker), Rose Darrow (consultant), Ned Aleck (consultant), George Clifford (consultant), Mary Tapia (speaker)
Dates: 1954-1958, 1961
Extent: 2.33 linear feet (5 boxes)
Historical information: Sylvia M. Broadbent was a student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the Ph.D. degree in 1960. Her dissertation, entitled A Grammar of Southern Sierra Miwok, was based on fieldwork conducted on five summer field trips spanning 1955-1958 and 1961. This grammatical description published as The Southern Sierra Miwok Language (University of California Publications in Linguistics, vol. 38, 1964), which also included a collection of texts and a dictionary. After leaving Berkeley, Broadbent held positions at Barnard College and the University of California, Riverside, where she pursued research interests in the ethnohistory and archaeology of Chibchan cultures of central Columbia.
Scope and content: The Papers document Sylvia Broadbent's field research on Miwok languages in 1955-1958 and 1961. The collection includes her original field notebooks and vocabulary file slips, as well as diaries she kept while in the field. Her primary Southern Sierra Miwok linguistic consultants were Chris Brown (a.k.a. Chief Leeme), Castro Johnson, Emma Lord, and Rose Watt. Additional consultants represented in the collection include John Lawrence (Southern Sierra Miwok) and Ned Aleck, George Clifford, Rose Darrow, and Mrs. Henry Miller (Northern Sierra Miwok). The collection also includes an undated set of notes on Ohlone recorded with speaker Maria Tapia.
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Sylvia M. Broadbent Papers on the Southern Sierra Miwok Language, SCL Broadbent, 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 93, LA 140, LA 141).