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Robert Rankin papers

Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Extent:
31.77 Linear feet (55 boxes, 1 map folder)
196 Sound recordings
Culture:
Quapaw Indians  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Field notes
Date:
1886, 1914, 1956-2011
Summary:
The Robert Rankin papers, 1886, 1914, 1956-2011, document his field work, research, and professional activities, primarily in relation to his work studying American Indian languages. Rankin was professor of linguistics at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2005. The collection consists of sound recordings, field notebooks, vocabulary lists and bibliographies, dictionaries, research files, slip files, word lists, correspondence, ephemera, notes, readings and reprints, writings, drafts, and teaching materials. This includes materials from Rankin's work with the last native speakers of the Quapaw and Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) languages and subsequent research, writings, and collaborations with tribes and fellow linguists.
Scope and Contents:
The Robert Rankin papers, 1886, 1914, 1956-2011, document his field work, research, and professional activities, primarily in relation to his work studying American Indian languages. The collection includes sound recordings, field notebooks, vocabulary lists and bibliographies, dictionaries, research files, slip files, word lists, correspondence, ephemera, notes, readings and reprints, writings, drafts, and teaching materials.

The 196 sound recordings include material from Rankin's work with the last native speakers of both the Quapaw and Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) languages. The collection includes extensive research on these languages along with research on other facets of the Siouan language family. Rankin's close collaboration with colleagues and tribes is well documented, especially his work with linguists John E. Koontz and W.L. Ballard, as well as his contributions to language documentation efforts including the Handbook of North American Indians, the Annotated Dictionary of Kaw (Kanza), and the Comparative Siouan Dictionary. The collection also includes sound recordings and notes from Rankin's study of the Romanian language as part of his graduate study.
Arrangement:
The Robert Rankin papers are arranged in 9 series: Series 1. Quapaw, 1972-1991, undated; Series 2. Kaw (Kansa, Kanza), circa 1970-2011, undated; Series 3. Field notebooks, 1981-1983, 1995, undated; Series 4. Subject and correspondence files, 1886, 1956-2007, undated; Series 5. Conferences and professional associations, 1974-2010; Series 6. Writings, 1975-2010, undated; Series 7. Teaching and academic files, 1973-2006, undated; Series 8. Romanian study, 1914, 1962-1972, undated; Series 9. Sound recordings, 1963-1987, undated.
Biographical Note:
Chronology

1939 -- Born January 17

1960 -- Graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Romance Languages

1966-1968 -- Fulbright Fellowship in Romania researching Romanian dialects

1968 -- M.A. in Linguistics, University of Chicago

1969 -- Started at the University of Kansas as an Acting Assistant Professor of Linguistics

1972 -- Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Chicago

1972 -- Became an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Kansas

1973 -- Language work with the Quapaw

1973-1974 -- Began work with the Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) language that continued for the rest of his life

1986 -- Became a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Kansas

2005 -- Retired from the University of Kansas

2014 -- Died on February 24

Robert Rankin was a professor of linguistics at the University of Kansas who spent the majority of his career working with American Indian languages in the Siouan language family. He began his career studying romance languages as part of his undergraduate and graduate work and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Romania (1966-1968) examining regional linguistic differences. He began teaching at the University of Kansas in 1969 and was introducted to the Choctaw language in Summer 1972 while teaching a field methods course. He became fascinated with American Indian languages and started working with the remaining native speakers of the Quapaw tribe in early 1973. When there were no more native speakers left, he started working with the Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) language. When he began this research in 1973-1974, there were only four fluent speakers of Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) left. He continued studying the language until well after his retirement from the University of Kansas in 2005. Rankin died on February 24, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.

Sources consulted: "Robert L. Rankin obituary," Lawrence Journal-World, March 1-5, 2014 http://obituaries.ljworld.com/obituaries/ljworld/obituary.aspx?pid=169905179
Provenance:
This collection was transferred to the National Anthropological Archives by Robert Rankin's wife, Carolyn Rankin, in 2014.
Restrictions:
The Robert Rankin papers are open for research.

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Topic:
Indians of North America -- Southern states  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Kansa Indians  Search this
Kansa language  Search this
Yuchi language  Search this
Yuchi Indians  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Field notes
Citation:
Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2014-16
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3257614ac-03d5-427a-a906-23acf35a60c6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2014-16

Foster, HNAI

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
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Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a02d075d-0ce8-42c5-95f7-22594ec5d49e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref214

Jim Goodtracks, Chiwere dictionary

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw366f898f0-4f0c-4f1b-b669-2a3124013e55
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref367

Handbook Osage orthography

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw30d2ae16c-d33b-4e72-895e-3e9b37c09845
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref368

Handbook Chiwere

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990
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Collection Citation:
Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cb21841f-9cd3-474d-9429-223e214bb91b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref369

Handbook, HNAI

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-1995
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw33efbc61b-82f8-4684-8c6d-e0795d4459b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref370

Goddard's Siouan materials for the Handbook of North American Indians

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1978
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw31d375829-e3f6-4830-aea0-ca58723a7e19
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref374

Baxoje - Jiwere - Nyut'aji, Ma'unke, Iowa - Otoe - Missouria language to English by Jim G. Good tracks

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cfe97972-4621-4a3f-9c56-99eda572d5fc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref425

Quapaw handbook article draft from Michael Hoffman

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw36a086763-f722-443b-b1bb-46107bb91b4a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref488

Smithsonian Handbook guidelines

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files / 4.4: HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)
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National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw36acc1990-5917-422d-86e8-e3e98bffe017
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref544

HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians)

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1995, undated
Arrangement:
Arranged in chronological order.
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The Robert Rankin papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2014-16, Subseries 4.4
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Robert Rankin papers / Series 4: Subject and correspondence files
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National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw362134335-d491-4e07-8f9f-f19169dde45d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref575

Subject and correspondence files

Collection Creator:
Rankin, Robert Louis, 1939-  Search this
Extent:
16.16 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1886, 1956-2007, undated
Scope and Contents:
The subject and correspondence files series, dated 1886, 1956-2007 and undated, includes files relating to specific topics or people. They often include a mix of correspondence, readings, general notes, and project notes. In addition this series contains slip files, maps, bibliographies, lexicons, ephemera, sound recordings, transcriptions, and computer disks.

A few of the more prolific topics have been pulled out and put into separate subseries for ease of use. The first of these subseries includes files relating to Rankin's correspondence and collaboration with John Koontz from 1981-2006 and undated. John Koontz was a linguist at the University of Colorado who specialized in the Omaha-Ponca language and worked with Rankin on the Comparative Siouan Dictionary in addition to other papers and talks.

The second subseries consists of materials Rankin received from W.L. Ballard from Georgia State University on the Yuchi language. Materials include 20 sound recordings and associated notes that Ballard made in the 1970s and 1980s in addition to correspondence and data sets.

Materials that pertain to Siouan languages in general form the third subseries, followed by material relating to Rankin's work on the Handbook of North American Indians (HNAI) in the fourth subseries, and general correspondence files in the fifth subseries. The sixth subseries consists of the remainder of the subject and correspondence files listed in alphabetical order.
Arrangement:
Arranged in 6 subseries: 4.1 John Koontz, 1981-2006, undated; 4.2 W.L. Ballard, circa 1970-1996, undated; 4.3 Siouan, 1973-2007, undated; 4.4 HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians), 1974-1995, undated; 4.5 General correspondence, 1979-2005, undated; 4.6 Filed alphabetically, 1886, 1956-2004, undated.
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Collection Citation:
Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2014-16, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw36603f1d1-f510-46b7-ad9f-f2970c3685ff
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref649

George Bushotter drawings to accompany his work on Lakota Tetons

Creator:
Bushotter, George, 1864-1892  Search this
Collector:
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Collection Creator:
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Extent:
10 Drawings ((9 leaves), graphite and colored pencil, 21 x 22 cm.-29 x 46 cm.)
Culture:
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings
Ledger drawings
Date:
1887
Scope and Contents:
Ten drawings on nine leaves. Illustrations of figures and materials relating to the Sun Dance, Ghost Lodge, and Heyoka.
Biographical / Historical:
George Bushotter (1864-1892), or Oteri, was a Teton Lakota born in Dakota Territory to a Yankton man and his wife Grey Whirlwind, a Minneconjou Lakota. Raised to be a warrior, Bushotter nevertheless left to study at the Hampton Institute in Virginia from 1878-1881. He entered the Theological Seminary of Virginia in 1885 to become a minister, but his inadequate knowledge of English made the study of Latin and Greek incredibly difficult for him. At the advice of the faculty, Bushotter left the seminary in 1887. While at Hampton, he met Rev. James Owen Dorsey and recognized the potential in working with him to complete ethnographic studies, and worked with the BAE for approximately ten months in 1887. His primary contributions were in the comparative linguistics of Teton Lakota, writing myths and other texts in Lakota, and assisting Dorsey in creating the synonomy of Lakota tribal names that formed a major part of what was to become the Handbook of North American Indians North of Mexico. For more information on George Bushotter, see American Indian Intellectuals, ed. Margot Liberty, 1978.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS.4800: (3.1.1.3) [105]
Funding note:
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.
Local Note:
Old number 932 (part), changed to 1466
Album Information:
MS 4800-105 000
Collection Restrictions:
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Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Ledger drawings
Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4800 James O. Dorsey papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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MS 4800 James O. Dorsey papers / Series 1: Siouan-Catawban / 1.2: Dakota / Drawings by George Bushotter to accompany his work on Lakota Tetons
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3ce865717-2bc0-4fe9-92d2-1920a95e87f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-ms4800-ref1780
Online Media:

R. F. Heizer and the Handbook of North American Indians

Author:
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Bickel, P. McW  Search this
Simmons, W. S.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1981
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_95841

Northwest Coast

Author:
Goddard, Ives  Search this
Suttles, Wayne  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1990
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_98722

Prehistoric Basketry

Author:
Adovasio, James M.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
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edanmdm:SILSRO_99231

History of Research

Author:
Fowler, Don  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
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Prehistory of Southeastern Area

Author:
Fowler, Don  Search this
Madsen, D. B.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
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edanmdm:SILSRO_99233

Technical Alphabet

Author:
Goddard, Ives  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
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Kotzebue Sound Eskimo

Author:
Burch, Ernest S., Jr.  Search this
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Damas, David  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1984
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Natural History  Search this
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edanmdm:SILSRO_99361

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