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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.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Computer disks are currently restricted due to preservation concerns.

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Rights:
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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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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.
Collection Restrictions:
The Robert Rankin papers are open for research.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Computer disks are currently restricted due to preservation concerns.

Access to the Robert Rankin papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Robert Rankin papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2014-16, Series 4
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-2014-16-ref649

A Comparison of the Catawban, Siouan, and Yuchi Languages

Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990
Collection Restrictions:
The Blair Rudes papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Blair Rudes Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
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Blair Rudes papers / Series 4: Writings / 4.1: Writings by Rudes
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2009-16-ref164

MS 2733 Letter regarding Uchean linguistic notes and text collected by Truman Michelson

Creator:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975  Search this
Correspondent:
Wagner, Günter, 1908-1952  Search this
Extent:
1 Page
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Correspondence
Date:
1929
Scope and Contents:
MS 2733 originally contained Uchean linguistic notes and the legend of how the South Wind lost his ears, collected by Truman Michelson (11 pages). In January 1929, these materials were sent by Matthew W. Stirling, chief of the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology, to Gunter Wagner. The present location of the Uchean notes and text is unknown, and MS 2733 now only contains a copy of Stirling's letter of transmittal to Wagner.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2733
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Uchean languages  Search this
Yuchi language  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Citation:
Manuscript 2733, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.MS2733
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2733

MS 4004-b Vocabulary in the Yuchi language

Collector:
Pike, Albert, 1809-1891  Search this
Extent:
1,500 Items (ca. 1500 cards)
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Cards copied from original slips (see Catalog Number 4004-a).
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4004-b
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 4004-b, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4004B
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4004b

MS 4004-a Vocabulary in the Yuchi language

Collector:
Pike, Albert, 1809-1891  Search this
Creator:
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Extent:
1,500 Items (ca. 1500 slips)
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4004-a
Local Note:
See Catalog Number 4004-b.
Gatschet's handwritten copy.
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 4004-a, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4004a
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4004a

MS 1796 Sketch of the Yuchi Language

Collector:
Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950  Search this
Extent:
108 Items (ca. 108 pages)
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 1796
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 1796, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS1796
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms1796

MS 1594 Some grammatic elements of the Yuchi language

Collector:
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Addressee:
Boas, Franz, 1858-1942  Search this
Extent:
13 Pages
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
August, 1905
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 1594
Local Note:
See new card draft on Manuscript envelope, 2/71.
General:
Previously titled "A.S. Gatschet manuscript notes sent to Dr Boas"
Topic:
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 1594, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS1594
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms1594

MS 1595 Yuchi verb conjugations, pronouns, sentences, noun declensions

Creator:
ANONYMOUS  Search this
Extent:
14 Pages
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Notation at top in J. R. Swanton's hand: "Probably one of the languages collected by J. O. Dorsey." But this is not Dorsey's handwriting, and on the basis of the pronouns it is not Athapascan, according to H. J. Landar (here 5/66).
According to Mary S. Linn, author of A Reference Grammar of Euchee (Yuchi), the author of this document is Frank Speck. Linn cites the unique notations that Speck uses and his unique printed 't's and 'n's and non-curled 'y's and 'g's that are present in this document. Linn also believes that the cursive handwriting looks like Speck's, noting the length of the crossed 't's. (November 19, 2009)
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 1595
Local Note:
"The handwriting is not that of Dorsey, Frachtenberg, Curtin, Speck, Michelson, Gatschet, or Harrington." --MCB.
General:
Previously titled "Verb conjugations, pronouns, sentences, noun declensions."
Topic:
Yuchi language  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 1595, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS1595
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms1595
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MS 1004 Uchi vocabulary

Collector:
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902  Search this
Extent:
2 Pages
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Contains 46 terms.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 1004
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Yuchi language  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 1004, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS1004
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms1004
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MS 1002 Yuchi vocabulary and legends

Collector:
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Extent:
90 Pages
Culture:
Euchee (Yuchi)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
November 1884- March 1885
Scope and Contents:
Contents: Crawfish (Origin of the Earth), pages 76-77; Origin of the Yuchi, pages 74-75; Yuchi song of Dance, pages 67-70; Yuchi legend- no title, pages 54-56; Yuchi song, page 49; List of clans, pages 70-71; The remaining pages are devoted to words and sentences in the Yuchi language. (On pages 91-99 is a vocabulary taken from the copy of Albert Pike's Yuchi vocabulary, with additions by Samuel Johnson.)
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 1002
General:
Previously titled "Legends."
Topic:
Yuchi Indians  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Yuchi Indians  Search this
Social organization -- clan list  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Creek  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 1002, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS1002
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms1002

Yuchi [microform] / by Günter Wagner

Author:
Wagner, Günter 1908-1952  Search this
Physical description:
p.[259]-384 ; 25 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1934
Topic:
Yuchi language  Search this
Call number:
mfc 006565.02
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533459

Yuchi tales [microform] / by Günter Wagner

Author:
Wagner, Günter 1908-1952  Search this
Physical description:
x, 357 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1931
Topic:
Yuchi language--Texts  Search this
Legends  Search this
Call number:
mfc 006532.07
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_487658

Yuchi tales by Günter Wagner

Author:
Wagner, Günter 1908-1952  Search this
Physical description:
x, 357 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
Topic:
Yuchi language--Texts  Search this
Legends  Search this
Call number:
PM2511 .W133 E1931
PM2511.W133 E1931
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_371164

Yuchi, by Günter Wagner

Author:
Wagner, Günter 1908-1952  Search this
Physical description:
p. [259]-384. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1934
Topic:
Yuchi language  Search this
Call number:
PM2511 .W34xZ
PM2511.W34xZ
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_256804

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