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Geoffrey N. O'Grady Papers

Creator:
O'Grady, G. N. (Geoffrey N.)  Search this
Extent:
Plus 3 oversize boxes, 4 record storage boxes, and 3 map folders
11.8 Linear feet (24 document boxes and 3 card file boxes)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Aranda (Australian people)  Search this
Australian Aborigines  Search this
Hopi Indians  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Correspondence
Place:
Arizona
Australia
Vancouver (British Columbia)
Date:
1949-2007
bulk 1957-1998
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of the professional papers of linguistic anthropologist Geoffrey O'Grady. Included are research materials consisting of field notes and notebooks, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, annotated copies of other scholars' work, photographs, and sound recordings.

The materials in this collection document O'Grady's career as a linguistic scholar from his days as a jackaroo in the Australian outback to his time at the University of Victoria. The majority of the collection is made up of field research, which contains detailed vocabularies and linguistic analysis for aboriginal peoples of Australia and First Nation communities of Canada. O'Grady's sound recordings represent his work with the Arizona Tewa language among the Hopi as well as various Australian aboriginal languages; they supplement the Field Research series.
Arrangement:
The O'Grady collection is arranged into 7 series: (1) Field Research; (2) Writings; (3) Professional Activities; (4) Correspondence; (5) Writings by Others; (6) Photographs; (7) Sound recordings.
Biographical/Historical note:
Anthropological linguist Geoffrey N. O'Grady was born on January 1, 1928 in southern Australia. He first became interested in languages in high school when he took classes in Latin, German, Russian, and Hungarian. O'Grady became immersed in Australian aboriginal languages during his six years as a jackaroo on a sheep station at Wallal Downs in the Australian Outback. There he spent time with aboriginal peoples and was adopted into the Nyangumarta tribe where he learned to speak their language.

O'Grady was offered a research assistantship at the University of Sydney in 1956. This allowed him to take field research trips into the Outback where he recorded various indigenous languages. During this time he undertook a project to alphabetize the Nyangumarta language. As a result, a literacy program and a Nyangumarta newspaper, which is still published, were established.

In 1960, after completing his BA at the University of Sydney, O'Grady received a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Indiana University. During three summers at Indiana, he travelled to Arizona to conduct field research in Hopi Tewa. After he completed his PhD he accepted a position at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1963. While at the University of Alberta he began to study northern Canadian First Nations languages. In 1965 he moved on to the Linguistics Department at the University of Victoria, where he began to study indigenous languages on Vancouver Island and taught courses on phonetics and historical sound change. When O'Grady retired from the University of Victoria in 1993, the Australian National University honored him with a Festschrift entitled "Boundary Rider."

Geoffrey O' Grady passed away on December 28, 2008 after a long struggle with Parkinson's.

Sources Consulted

2009. Geoffrey O'Grady Obituary. Victoria Times Colonist. January 3. http://web.uvic.ca/ling/information/index.htm, accessed April 4, 2012.

John Esling. 2009. In Memoriam: Dr. Geoffrey N. O'Grady. http://ring.uvic.ca/people/memoriam-dr-geoffrey-n-o%E2%80%99grady, accessed April 4, 2012.

1928 -- Born January 1

1956 -- Accepted research assistantship at the University of Sydney and began undergraduate studies

1957 -- Married wife Alix

1959 -- Received BA from the University of Sydney

1960 -- Fulbright scholarship at Indiana University where he finished his PhD

1960-1963 -- Summer field studies of Hopi Tewa in Arizona

1963 -- Completed dissertation on grammar of Nyangumarta under the supervision of C.F. and F.M. Voegelin

1963 -- Began work at University of Alberta, Edmonton

1965 -- Joined the Linguistics Department at University of Victoria in BC Canada

1966 -- Project to outline the relationships among all of the Aboriginal languages of Australia

1993 -- Retired from University of Victoria

2008 -- Died December 28
Related Materials:
For more of O'Grady's language material from Western Australia and sound recordings from his fieldwork among the aborigines in the 1950s and 1960s, consult the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) located in Lawson Cres, Canberra ACT, Australia.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by O'Grady's wife Alix O'Grady.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Linguistics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Photographs
Sound recordings
Correspondence
Citation:
Geoffrey N. O'Grady Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2010-30
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Geoffrey N. O'Grady Papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2010-30
Online Media:

Wooden Churinga

Donor Name:
Alfred S. Kenyon  Search this
Culture:
Aboriginal Australian  Search this
Arrernte  Search this
Object Type:
Churinga
Place:
Central Australia, Australia
Accession Date:
27 Jun 1929
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
105792
USNM Number:
E344720-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3a789ea79-9a79-45b4-8444-b3ac0bcd7d6b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402164
Online Media:

Wooden Churinga

Donor Name:
Alfred S. Kenyon  Search this
Culture:
Aboriginal Australian  Search this
Arrernte  Search this
Object Type:
Churinga
Place:
Central Australia, Australia
Accession Date:
27 Jun 1929
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
105792
USNM Number:
E344721-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b5f117b3-be70-4852-8968-8fdd3057a991
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402165
Online Media:

Stone Churinga

Donor Name:
Alfred S. Kenyon  Search this
Culture:
Aboriginal Australian  Search this
Arrernte  Search this
Object Type:
Churinga
Place:
Central Australia, Australia
Accession Date:
27 Jun 1929
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
105792
USNM Number:
E344724-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3775331d9-c63e-42d7-9eee-88065100f6ad
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402168
Online Media:

Restoring the chain of memory : T.G.H. Strehlow and the repatriation of Australian indigenous knowledge / James L Cox

Author:
Cox, James L (James Leland)  Search this
Subject:
Strehlow, T. G. H (Theodor George Henry) 1908-1978  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 202 pages : 1 illustration, color maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Australia
Date:
2018
Topic:
Aranda (Australian people)--Religion  Search this
Aboriginal Australians--Religion  Search this
Religion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093919

Walkabout 1974

Creator:
FILM AUSTRALIA  Search this
Photography:
Mountford, C.P  Search this
Physical description:
882 ft sound color film
Culture:
Aranda (Australian people)  Search this
Type:
Projected media
Collection descriptions
Place:
Australia
Oceania
Date:
1974
Topic:
Food quest--hunting-and-gathering  Search this
Hunting--techniques of  Search this
Food preparation--cooking  Search this
Fire--making of--use of  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1991.8.5
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218812

Arunndta Rainmaking Ceremony n.d

Creator:
Basedow, H  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 003 in x 004 in
Culture:
Australian Aborigines Arunndta  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07059800
See more items in:
Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_42664

Arunndta Man with Scarification n.d

Creator:
Basedow, H  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 003 in x 004 in
Culture:
Australian Aborigines Arunndta  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07060100
See more items in:
Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_42667

Girdle, Fiber:Death Bull-Roarer, Wood Ornament, Shell Okinchalanina Irrulkna Kinna Ullinka (Pointing Stick) Stick and Bone Collection: Resin-Tipped 1894

Creator:
Gillen, F. J  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Arunta  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1894
Local number:
NAA INV 04928200
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_62781

Stone Collection:Churinga:from Central Australia n.d

Physical description:
1 photoprint 003 in x 006 in
Culture:
Arunta  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04938900
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_63029

Stone Collection:Churinga:from Central Australia n.d

Physical description:
1 photoprint 003 in x 006 in
Culture:
Arunta  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04939000
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_63030

Albert Namatjira Painting Landscape View n.d

Creator:
Setzler, Frank M (Frank Maryl) 1902-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 008 in x 010 in
Culture:
Aranda (Australian people)  Search this
Arunta  Search this
Aranda  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04939100
OPPS NEG 405
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_63031

Albert Namatjira and Family Outside Tent, Some Eating Kangaroo Meat Near Fire n.d

Creator:
Setzler, Frank M (Frank Maryl) 1902-1975  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 010 in x 008 in
Culture:
Aranda (Australian people)  Search this
Arunta  Search this
Aranda  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04939200
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_63032

Corroboree n.d

Creator:
Barrett, Charles Leslie  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 003 in x 005 in
Culture:
Aranda (Australian people)  Search this
Arunta  Search this
Aranda  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04939300
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_63033

The Heritage of Namatjira : curated by Angela Tidmarsh and J.V.S. Megaw on behalf of the Flinders University of South Australia / catalogue edited by M. Ruth Megaw

Author:
Megaw, M. Ruth  Search this
Australian Exhibition Touring Agency  Search this
Subject:
Namatjira, Albert 1902-1959 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. (some col.), map, ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Australia
Northern Territory
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting--Exhibitions  Search this
Art  Search this
Painting, Aboriginal Australian  Search this
Call number:
ND2089 .H54 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_486722

Aranda traditions [by] T.G.H. Strehlow

Author:
Strehlow, T. G. H  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 181 p. plates, fold. map, fold. diagr. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Australia
Date:
1947
[1947]
Topic:
Mythology, Australian  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Call number:
GN666 .S915 1947
GN666.S915 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_233837

The Arunta; a study of a stone age people, by Sir Baldwin Spencer ... and the late F.J. Gillen ..

Author:
Spencer, Baldwin Sir 1860-1929  Search this
Gillen, Francis James 1856-1912  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus., plates (part col. fold.) 2 maps (1 fold.) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1927
Topic:
Aranda  Search this
Call number:
GN666 .S745
GN666.S745
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74839

A table showing the class relations of the Aranda ... : On the class system, kinship terminology, and marriage regulation of the Australian native tribes / H.K. Fry

Author:
Fry, H. K (Henry Kenneth) 1886-1959  Search this
Royal Society of South Australia  Search this
Physical description:
p. 12-22 : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
1931?]
Topic:
Aboriginal Australians--Kinship  Search this
Aboriginal Australians--Marriage customs and rites  Search this
Call number:
DU125.A73 F79 1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_961710

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