Register to the Salish Notes and Sound Recordings of Barry F. Carlson, 1969-1992
NAA.2012-08
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Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.2012-08
Creators:
Carlson, Barry F.
Flett, Pauline
Orser, Brenda
Peuse, Lucy
Sam, Albert
Santon, Christine
Sherwood, Margaret
Thompson, Laurence
Dates:
1969-2013
bulk 1969-1987
Languages:
Multiple languages
English and Salish dialects (Spokane, Kalispel, Chewelah, and Flathead/Montana Salish). All Salish transcriptions are translated into English.
English; Salish
Physical Description:
147 sound recordings
1.7 linear feet
(1 storage box, 2 document boxes)
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
This collection contains the field work of anthropologist Barry F. Carlson regarding his linguistic study of the Salish dialects spoken by the elders at the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State from 1969-1992. Included are 39 notebooks containing vocabularies, grammatical examples, transcripts of native texts, and line-by-line analyses of native texts; six notebooks from native Spokane speaker Pauline Flett; 147 reel tapes of Salish dialects (Spokane, Kalispel, Chewelah, and Flathead/Montana Salish); microfiche; handwritten notes; newspaper clippings; and a tape log. The majority of the notebook contents are direct transcriptions of the recordings. The collection also contains information that Carlson provided to the NAA regarding his primary consultants, Margaret Sherwood and Pauline Flett, as well as Albert Sam and Lucy Peuse, two other Spokane speakers with whom he worked.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains the field work of anthropologist Barry F. Carlson regarding his linguistic study of the Salish dialects spoken by the elders at the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State. Included are 39 notebooks containing vocabularies, grammatical examples, transcripts of native texts, and line-by-line analyses of native texts; six notebooks from native Spokane speaker Pauline Flett; 147 reel tapes of Salish dialects (Spokane, Kalispel, Chewelah, and Flathead/Montana Salish); microfiche; handwritten notes; newspaper clippings; and a tape log. The majority of the notebook contents are direct transcriptions of the recordings. The collection also contains information that Carlson provided to the NAA regarding his primary consultants, Margaret Sherwood and Pauline Flett, as well as Albert Sam and Lucy Peuse, two other Spokane speakers with whom he worked. The Tape Log in Salish Notes Series, Box 3, contains a list of all the speakers and their dialects that Carlson worked with.
Folders are arranged alphabetically. Reel tapes are arranged in numerical order. The majority of these sound recordings were collected by Barry Carlson during his fieldwork with the Spokane and Chewelah Salish People of Washington State from 1969 to the late 1980s. They contain native texts in Spokane, Kalispel, Chewelah, and Flathead (Montana Salish). They are more than 200, including the traditional 'Coyote Stories' and more recent contact stories called either 'French Stories' or 'Cowboy and Indian Stories'. The narrators include all the fluent Spokane and Chewelah Kalispel storytellers that lived on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State when Carlson did his fieldwork. In addition, there are 4 tapes collected by Carlson's student Christine Santon in 1974, which contain terminology relating to traditional Spokane foods. There are 2 tapes of Spokane collected by Carlson's student Brenda Orser in 1992. There is one tape of the Flathead (Montana Salish) language collected by Carlson's professor, Laurence Thompson in the 1960s.
Titles for the tapes were taken from Carlson's Tape Log which is in the Salish Notes series, Box 3.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
This collection is organized in 2 series: Series 1. Salish Notes, 1969-2013; Series 2. Sound Recordings, 1969-1992.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Barry F. Carlson is an anthropologist known for his linguistic work with the Salish language of Washington State. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Carlson attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.A. in English/ Education in 1966. A year later he received a Masters in Linguistics from the same institution.
While a doctoral student at the University of Hawaii, Carlson began to study the Interior Salish languages spoken by the elders residing at the Spokane Indian Reservation, specifically the Spokane, Kalispel, and Chewelah dialects. He eventually wrote his doctoral dissertation on his fieldwork in Washington State. After receiving his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1972, Carlson joined the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he continued to teach until 2007.
Throughout his anthropological career, Carlson continued his work with those fluent in the Salish dialects. From 1969 to the late 1980s Carlson collected over 200 native texts, including both traditional stories and more recent contact narratives. He also worked closely with his fluent narrators to gather vocabularies and grammatical examples of their language. Margaret Sherwood and Pauline Flett were his primary consultants.
Sources Consulted
Carlson, Barry F. Carlson, "Curriculum Vitae," Accession Files, National Anthropological Archives

Administration
Processing Information note
The papers of Barry F. Carlson were received partially organized. The processing archivist kept existing groupings and arrangement. Original notebook and folder titles were retained with titles assigned by the archivist placed within square brackets.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Saavedra
Sponsor
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Barry F. Carlson in 2012.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access note
The Register to the Salish Notes and Sound Recordings of Barry Carlson are open for research. Access to the Register to the Salish Notes and Sound Recordings of Barry Carlson requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation note
Register to the Salish Notes and Sound Recordings of Barry F. Carlson, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Contact
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