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Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, 1895-1972

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Subject:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Fisk University
Howard University
Roosevelt University
Physical description:
23.97 linear feet (20 boxes)
Type:
Field recordings
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Photographs
Audiovisual materials
Maps
Place:
United States
Date:
1895
1895-1972
Notes:
Lorenzo Dow Turner was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. in 1895. He earned his B.A. in 1914 from Howard University; in 1917, he received an M.A. in English from Harvard University. He received his doctorate in English from the University of Chicago in 1926 while simultaneously serving as chairman and professor of the Department of English at Howard from 1917 to 1928. He held the same positions at Fisk University in Nashville from 1929 to 1946. In 1946 he accepted a professorship in the English department at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he remained as professor of English and lecturer in African Cultures until his retirement in 1970. Turner was professor emeritus at Roosevelt until his death at age 77 in 1972. Turner's professional and academic interests encompassed both English and linguistics. A noted scholar of African languages and linguistics, he learned numerous West African languages, mastering five of them. He was a noted authority on Gullah, a Creole language spoken in the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1895 to 1972 and measures 23.97 linear feet, documents the career and travels of Professor Lorenzo Dow Turner. The collection is comprised of correspondence, academic papers, research materials, books, newspaper and journal articles, sound recordings, and photographs.
Cite as:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, 1895-1972, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Topic:
African languages--Study and teaching
Linguistics--Research
Sea Islands Creole dialect
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7064
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Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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