Historical information: Sydney M. Lamb is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University (1951) and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley (1957). His doctoral dissertation was a grammar of the Mono language based on fieldwork conducted around North Fork, California in the summers of 1953 and 1954. He was a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1958-1964 and Yale University from 1968-1977. He left academia to work in the computer industry from 1977-1981, but subsequently joined the faculty of the Department of Linguistics at Rice University, where he has spent the remainder of his academic career.
Scope and content: The Papers document Lamb's research on Indian languages of California and surrounding areas from 1953-1955. One microfilm reel in the collection also includes copies of Victor Golla's notebooks from his fieldwork on Hupa at Hoopa Valley in the summer of 1963; for more details, see details under the Victor Golla Papers on the Hupa Language.
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Sydney M. Lamb Papers on California Indian Languages, SCL Lamb, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley, http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7297/X2JW8BTD
Description: Field notebook labeled "J" containing words, phrases, and texts in Mono (North Fork and Owens Valley dialects) and notes on recordings of songs in several Numic languages. Includes a separate exercise book with a list of vocabulary from notebooks C and D.